In what could be considered a blessing or a curse, it appears Activision Blizzard is sending out surveys to gauge interest in possible monetization programs for Diablo IV.
A Reddit user by the name of BellasaurusRawr helped translate a German investigation into the possibility of Diablo IV cosmetic microtransactions, launch editions, premium currency, and even a battle pass. This survey seems to be very similar to another survey from a few weeks ago about possible cosmetic microtransactions in the coming years. Monitor 2.
With the Monitor 2 survey, Blizzard was quick to point out that survey prizes were random and better understand what players wanted or, more preciously, what they were willing to spend. Thus, the prices in this Diablo IV the survey should probably be treated the same way.
Looking at the survey itself, we can see that they have three different pricing options with three different versions of Diablo IV. Each version comes with different additional content for a higher or lower price.
What it could also be is to gauge interest in different possible launch editions for Diablo IV but seems to open the door to possible microtranscations in the future (anyone else see that horse armor and see red?), and the use of premium currencies.
Launch editions are also increasingly common, companies like Ubisoft will launch three different versions of their games today: Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate, each with different amounts of content including DLC, cosmetics or battle passes.
It’s also worth clarifying that at the time of this writing, none of this is 100% guaranteed with the launch of Diablo IVbut Activision Blizzard’s management of Diablo Immortal some fans are concerned about the possibility of being polished and toned down in the future.
That being said, Diablo IV will be a full-price game and hopefully there will be less incentive for the company to fill it with microtransactions.
Diablo IV launches on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4 and PS5.