Blizzard’s Rod Fergusson recently made an announcement that might disappoint some players of Diablo 4. It has been confirmed that in order to participate in seasonal content, players will need to create a new character. This news could be particularly disheartening for newcomers to the Diablo franchise who have already invested a substantial amount of time into leveling up their existing characters.
Reaching the maximum level cap in Diablo 4 is no small feat. To provide some perspective, reaching level 85 in the game is only the halfway point in terms of the amount of experience points required to reach level 100. This emphasizes the significant grind involved in leveling up. Understandably, many gamers may not be enthusiastic about starting over with a new character, especially since they would have to repeat much of the content they have already completed.
Regrettably, Rod Fergusson confirmed via Twitter that engaging in Diablo 4’s seasonal content necessitates the creation of a new seasonal character. This means that those who wish to stick with their current characters will miss out on the seasonal questline, mechanics, season journey, and battle pass. While veteran Diablo players may have anticipated this, newcomers to the franchise may find it confusing and frustrating. Considering Diablo 4’s record-breaking sales, it’s evident that the game has attracted a significant number of new players to the long-running series.
Critics argue that this approach does not align well with Diablo 4’s live service model. After all, other live service games do not require players to start anew with a fresh character to experience seasonal content. It remains to be seen whether this decision will alienate any members of the Diablo 4 community. It’s conceivable that some gamers may opt out of participating in the seasonal content once they realize they must create a new character.
Concerns and controversies surrounding Diablo 4’s seasonal content have already arisen. Many fans were worried about how Diablo 4 would handle renown with the seasonal resets, as there was anxiety about potentially rediscovering the entire map or hunting down all the Altars of Lilith once again. Thankfully, Blizzard clarified that this would not be the case.
The first season of Diablo 4 is scheduled to commence next month, so it will be some time before fans of the action-RPG can determine if the seasonal content is worth the grind. For those uninterested in following Diablo 4’s seasonal stories, they can simply wait for the release of expansions before diving back into the game. At the time of writing, the release dates for Diablo 4’s DLC expansions have not been announced, but Blizzard has confirmed that at least two expansions are currently in development.
Diablo 4 is currently available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.