Not only will Diablo IV receive several new expansions, but it will get them annually, Diablo franchise general manager Rod Fergusson confirms in a new interview.
Speaking with Dexerto, Ferguson said the Diablo IV development team is “building a foundation” for the future of Blizzard’s popular ARPG and is already planning for the future. Part of this plan is annual expansions.
“So, when we look at our quarterly seasons, we look at our annual expansions, those are the things that we really focus on in our live service,” Ferguson said. “We have plans, we have stories that are going well in the future. We have plans. We always go beyond our seasons, we go beyond our expansions, so it’s something we’ll be doing for a long time. We’re excited.”
Ferguson said the 11-year gap between Diablo 3 and Diablo 4 “didn’t live up to what our players and our community deserve.” He said Diablo IV’s aggressive content schedule for quarterly seasons and annual expansions looks to “correct” that.
Earlier, Ferguson confirmed that two expansions are already in the works for Diablo IV. What these expansions might entail is still unclear, but previous Diablo games have added new locations, raised the game level cap, and introduced new playable classes such as Assassin and Druid from Diablo II and Crusader from Diablo III. Diablo II and Diablo III only received one expansion, something Diablo IV looks set to overtake by the end of 2025.
Blizzard recently announced the second season of Diablo IV as part of its Gamescom Opening Night Live program. Dubbed Season of Blood, the upcoming season of Diablo IV will see players embrace vampiric powers and will additionally introduce a host of quality-of-life changes that players have requested since launch. Meanwhile, Malignant’s Diablo Season IV is still in full swing, with the game’s latest balancing patch addressing player complaints about the effects of brutal crowd control.
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