Wednesday, 19 Jan 2022

Diablo Immortal Is Officially A Free-To-Play Game

Diablo Immortal has been summoned on mobile devices in its technical alpha state, however, it’s only available in Australia for the time being. The alpha’s regional restrictions may be a tad frustrating for global fans, but the results will give us an idea of what to expect from the game’s full release.

For a bit of backstory, Diablo Immortal was announced back at BlizzCon 2018 and was met by furious fans who cursed the title for not being Diablo 4. Blizzard has held back its promotion of the game for the last few years, waiting until the devs had something noteworthy to show and earn its place in the Diablo franchise. Overshadowing the underwhelming BlizzCon 2018 demo, Diablo Immortal’s “very limited” public technical alpha got a thumbs up from early reviews, and is ready to impress.

While it was pretty much a given from the beginning, it was confirmed by Blizzard – via a technical alpha pre-briefing – that the mobile game would be a free-to-play title. “We plan to have all content, all story and all classes… be free”, said lead designer Wyatt Cheng, who elaborated that Diablo Immortal will feature “in-game purchases that are not required for people to progress or to simply enjoy the game”. Assuring fans that Blizzard’s primary goal is to always put gameplay first, the developer confirmed that all gear in the game is self-found without the ability to be purchased elsewhere.

Diablo Immortal’s technical alpha will feature four classes: Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, and Demon Hunter. The alpha will boast a level cap of 45 – featuring paragon points outside those parameters – and house seven open-world zones with six dungeons to explore. The developers are using this alpha to test early level experience, mid-game systems, client performance, and server stability.

Thanks to the new trailer debuted at ChinaJoy2020, we thought that Diablo Immortal was looking pretty good. Between its terrifying demons, cinematic character intros, and its rather obscure action, we think Australians are quite lucky at the moment. There is currently no news about an alpha in the west, but fans of the franchise can look forward to changes coming to Diablo 4, concerning stats, Legendary Affixes, and Skill Trees.

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