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Diablo Immortal microtransactions have sparked a brutal backlash

It’s been less than a week since Diablo Immortal (opens in new tab) launched on mobile devices and PC (in open beta), and the game is already facing a furious backlash from players over its in-game purchases. Numerous threads criticizing the monetization have appeared in the Diablo Immortal subreddit (opens in new tab), while the iOS version languishes with an abysmal 0.6 score across nearly 1,700 user reviews on Metacritic (opens in new tab).

Diablo Immortal was originally conceived as a mobile game (in fact, a PC release wasn’t confirmed until April 2022 (opens in new tab)), and its F2P monetization is fairly typical for the platform. Among the items on offer are “crests,” which add gameplay modifiers and guarantee certain item drops; crafting materials, which impact combat and drops in various ways; and services, like Boon of Plenty and Prodigy’s Path, which offer bonus rewards for various actions and task completions. There are plenty of cosmetic items as well, of course.

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