Diablo 4 players outraged as Blizzard reportedly consider $100 expansion

Stephanie Zucarelli
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Blizzard faces a big backlash from the Diablo 4 community after an alleged internal survey showed plans for pay-to-win features. Here’s what the Diablo 4 players have been talking about.

Diablo 4 was released with many controversies regarding its monetization system. Even if Season of Blood seemed to finally answer some of the most pressing requests fans had regarding gameplay, a leaked internal survey has shocked players with the alleged pricing for Diablo 4’s first major expansion.

The survey was first shared by YouTuber Bellular News, who claimed to have a confidential Blizzard survey that described Diablo 4’s future pricing strategy for add-ons. The pricing includes options for players to get exclusive in-game benefits, like a functional game item, more stash space, and other buffs.

Diablo 4 players pointed out that this type of monetization strategy would lead to pay-to-win features and were especially concerned that the pricing options ranged from $50 to $100.

“My jaw literally dropped when I saw the $49.99-$99.99 price while having the audacity to charge for new FEATURES early, stash space, and other Pay2Win nonsense like early game access. This company is just 100% tone-deaf,” said Reddit user ‘RedditisR.’

Other Diablo 4 players were outraged by the idea of having to pay for Unique Items that could change the balance of the game’s classes. “If they turn it pay to win I’m out. If people want to piss away money on cosmetics fine but there should not be aspects and uniques based on IRL finances,” pointed out Redditor ‘Head-Priority5152.’

While most agreed that they wouldn’t buy the Diablo 4 Vessel of Hatred bundle within the pricing range specified, some fans seem to think that this “alleged leak” was a way for Blizzard to measure the players’ reactions or even “soften the blow” for when this monetization strategy is implemented.

“I think the main goal was exactly that – leaks about it to the public to start discussions about it a lot earlier, so it’s becoming diluted with time. That’s one of the main marketing strategies for years now. People eventually get tired of the topic and stop caring,” commented Redditor ‘Marrkix.’

And that’s everything that’s been happening in the Diablo 4 community. If you want to know more about the game, check why Diablo 4 players claim that Nightmare Dungeons loot is “outclassed” by Season 2 activity or when Diablo 4 Midwinter Blight event will start.

About The Author

Stephanie is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. After graduating as a journalist, she started working as a tech writer for Infobae, Channel 9, and Rolling Stone. She's currently focused on covering Diablo 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Fortnite, but can't resist anything related to The Sims 4 and Stardew Valley. You can contact her at [email protected].