Diablo Immortal: a pay-to-win that asks for 100,000 euros? Blizzard fights back

Diablo Immortal

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Diablo Immortal

The story of Diablo Immortal is set between the events of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction and Diablo III.
The Worldstone lies shattered, yet great power remains within its corrupted fragments. Power that Diablo’s minions hope to harness to bring about the return of the Lord of Terror.
The Archangel Tyrael is presumed dead, and mankind is left to deal with the aftermath of his actions. Fragments of the corrupted Worldstone taint the land, bringing forth ancient evils who are looking to harvest the stone’s power and use it to control humanity.

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Diablo Immortal: a pay-to-win that asks for 100,000 euros? Blizzard fights back

Heavily criticized for its abusive pay-to-win mechanics, Diablo Immortal created a scandal, forcing one of the developers to explain themselves.

Blizzard's latest software, Diablo Immortal, was released recently on mobile and PC. Like many mobile applications and other free-to-play games, the software also offers its share of in-app purchases, but the amounts requested create scandal, and rightly so.

THE PRICE OF A HOUSE FOR A POWERFUL CHARACTER

You didn't know what to do with your Cofidis loan? Blizzard offers you to optimize your character for the trifle of 100,000 euros . Maybe less if you're lucky, in which case you can then spend your last rounds in the battle pass or in boosters to have more loot at the end of your dungeons.

Because yes, it's a sad reality, but Diablo Immortal is a chubby pay-to-win . Boosters, loot box… the software includes the complete kit of the inexpensive mobile app , except that this is a huge publisher, and not a dark studio hidden deep in a Malaysian jungle.

In Diablo Immortal therefore, when your character has inflated his level of experience and has a nice equipment, he can become even more powerful by using magic gems, including legendary gems. It's great, except that to get your hands on these, you have to either give a whole life in the farm (and you can't have legendary gems by the way), or pay an astronomical sum, especially since improvement is subject to the laws of chance.

According to your chances then, and according to people paid to calculate this kind of thing , it would take several thousand euros to have a character optimized from A to Z through the store . Up to 102,000 euros for more precise (110,000 dollars, 88,000 pounds). A house in the countryside.

GAMERS' ANGER VS BLIZZARD'S DISASTROUS EXPLANATIONS

Suffice to say that the affair has made a good number of players turn a blind eye and that some have not hesitated to criticize Wyatt Cheng, the game's game designer, since the latter had however declared months earlier that the equipment was not impacted by in-app purchases.

Which is true, except that the famous “winning” gems are not considered equipment , but a kind of bonus, even if the latter end up being embedded in your weapons and armor. Smart and practical to play on words.

Mr Cheng has also been harpooned on the subject. A user has indeed put under his nose a post in which he nevertheless affirmed that there was no paid system to improve his equipment in Diablo Immortal , asking him what had prompted the studio to change the formula. To which Wyatt Cheng responds:

I've been pretty direct in many interviews (but apparently not in this post) that the gear was the 12 item slots. In many interviews, I've also made it clear that silver can advance Gems and Legendary Gems. I'm sorry it wasn't clear here. Not being able to buy gear (all 12 slots) or XP is still important to the team.

Needless to say, such explanations did not at all convince the fans who replied by saying that they found this attitude (and these statements) “dishonest and disappointing”. Other messages are far too salty to be posted here, but this clearly shows a real allergy to intrusive microtransactions.

However, in-app purchases pay off big, which proves that there is an audience , and not only for Blizzard, since it doesn't matter the publisher, the manufacturer or the studio, which makes the turnover since several years, these are indeed the microtransactions.

That companies want to make money by offering in-app purchases is one thing, but that in-app purchases are so intrusive is another. However, there is no shortage of examples of success since apps like Fortnite , League of Legends or even Call of Duty and Warzone are a hit and also profitable and yet have no pay-to-win mechanism . Instead, they rely on totally incidental, but quality content, such as account xp boosts to earn rewards and “premium” cosmetics.

Is Diablo Immortal a good video game?

No, we can't tell you that Diablo Immortal is a good video game. Unfortunately we gave it a 48% rating. Of course tastes and emotions vary according to each person and some will surely enjoy it, but for the majority of gamers, it's a safe bet that this game will never make it into your TOP 10 best video games of all time. It's a pity, the original idea was nice, but maybe the studio was too ambitious this time!

Can I play Diablo Immortal with my friends?

Yes, you can play Diablo Immortal multiplayer with your friends! So think about it the next time you have a party at home, it can be a great opportunity to have a great time with your friends and family, while determining who is the best at Diablo Immortal!

Is Diablo Immortal available on multiple platforms?

Yes, the game Diablo Immortal is developed to be compatible with PC (Microsoft Windows), Android and iOS. It's quite handy to be able to play it on several different consoles, thanks to the Blizzard Entertainment development studio!

Is Diablo Immortal a recent game?

Yes, Diablo Immortal is a recent game, it was launched in most regions on Jun 02nd 2022, 1 year 11 months 24 days ago.
Diablo Immortal has been released on PC (Microsoft Windows), Android and iOS.

Is there an official website for Diablo Immortal?

Yes Diablo Immortal has its own official website! You can find it by clicking here.

Is there a forum on the internet to discuss the game Diablo Immortal?

Yes there is a website where Diablo Immortal fans can meet to discuss and exchange content, tips and advice on the game. It's on the Reddit website and you can find this Subreddit by clicking here.

Is Diablo Immortal compatible with VR?

No, Diablo Immortal is not currently compatible with virtual reality, but we hope that one day it will be possible to play it with this new technology!

Does the game Diablo Immortal have other names around the world?

Yes, the game is also known by these names around the world:
Diablo Immortal (Alternative spelling)
디아블로 이모탈 (Korean title)

What are similar games to Diablo Immortal?

Diablo Immortal is a game similar to Borderlands 3, Shadows: Awakening, Dragon: Marked for Death, The Elder Scrolls VI, Eternity: The Last Unicorn, Dragalia Lost, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Torchlight III, Rangers of Oblivion and Pokémon Shield, if you liked Diablo Immortal, you will surely love this list of games we just mentioned! You can find our dedicated portals by clicking on the name of the games, and make your own opinion very quickly!