Some Diablo 4 players are getting confirmation that they will need to start a new character to play Season 1 content.
Diablo 4 launched in early June, and while some fans sprinted towards the level cap of 100 (some even managed to do it with a level 100 hardcore character), Blizzard recently announced that the majority of Diablo 4 players had yet to complete the campaign. He said he couldn’t. However, the start of season 1 is approaching. Blizzard hasn’t announced a release date yet, but a mid to late July window has been confirmed.
This week, Rod Fergusson, Director of Development for Diablo, said: Twitter To confirm, Diablo 4 players will need to create a new season character to enjoy Season 1 content, including the Battle Pass.
“You have to create a new season character to participate in the season quest line, mechanics, season journey and battle pass,” Fergusson said. “Playing the campaign as a seasonal character (if you want or need to complete it) will also advance the Season Journey and Battle Pass.”
This is how seasons worked in previous Diablo games (players replay the game with each season’s new content instead of starting with a maxed-out character), but newcomers to the series didn’t necessarily know. And Diablo 4 is the first game in the series to have a Battle Pass. As a result, Fergusson’s explanation sparked many comments from concerned Diablo 4 players who felt the game was already falling behind just weeks after it came out.
“I’m a new Diablo player and a new dad.” said Twitter user @putbackthestars.. “I only have one hour a day to play. So now my character is only level 11. So you’re saying you shouldn’t even play this game by default?”
Ferguson replied to this commentPointing out that the Diablo 4 campaign can be skipped once it’s done (you only need to complete it once on any character on your account, and you can skip it on all characters moving forward).
Ferguson replied. “The new season mechanics/features come after the campaign is complete, so you only have to complete the campaign once, so you should focus on completing it now so you can skip it when the season starts.”
However, the confirmation that existing characters cannot be used for Season 1 content, and the possibility of grinding new season characters just to participate, has many Diablo 4 players worried.
“To be honest, as a freshman, I never intend to work this hard again.” Twitter user @chapmamba_ said.. “If I had to start Season 1 from the beginning, I would have completed the Diablo main job. And I know there are many people in the same boat. I am interested in my current personality. If I lose him, I’d say f**k.”
It’s worth pointing out that no existing characters were “lost” with the release of Season 1. Rather, they are moved to The Eternal Realms, a version of Diablo 4 that lacks content from the latest season.
Blizzard may face communication issues at the start of Season 1, as follows: Twitter user @miketheitguy pointed out.: “Most people don’t know that this will happen. When they get to the Battle Pass and find out, they’ll know pretty quickly what a bad idea this is and hopefully have a quick way to implement it in a few weeks. RIP Diablo 4 otherwise.”
Fergusson continued to answer questions from concerned Diablo 4 players on Twitter, addressing what would happen once Season 1 ended.
“If you don’t want to participate in seasonal activities, you can continue playing in the Eternal Realm as you do now.” said Ferguson.. “And at the end of the season, your season characters will be moved to the eternal realm, where you can continue playing if you wish.”
Diablo 4 seasons last for 3 months, which means season 1 should reach players by mid-October. Ferguson said the three-month window was set “to give people time to enjoy the content.”
Diablo 4’s endgame grind now properly kicks in after the campaign is complete. As is usually the case in these types of role-playing games, the amount of experience required to level up increases as you progress towards the level cap. This means that it takes much longer to level up from 80 to 100 than it does from 0 to 50.
Next month, Diablo 4 players will be faced with a choice. Ignore Season 1 and continue using your existing character regardless of your current level in the Eternal Realm, or create a new season character and upgrade your level once again.
This hits the heart of Diablo 4’s appeal. Focusing on just one character and slowly improving their strength through farming loot? Or leveling up multiple characters each different from the last one? Or maybe a mix of the two?
In IGN’s 9/10 review, we covered Diablo 4. “An amazing sequel with a near-perfect endgame and progression design that’s a pain to put down.” certainly Track your play progress using the interactive map..
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