Back if not many details were officially known about Diablo 4 and what it really would entail exactly, fans from the series were hoping it might avoid the same pitfalls as Diablo 3 and, recently, Diablo Immortal. When it became clear that Diablo 4 would be a live-service game with constant content drops with no way to earn power by paying real cash, many prospective players jumped around the hype train, relieved that it might be a new and refreshing experience. Blizzard is hosting a Diablo 4 Server Slam beta a few days ago, and also recently released a complete interview using the developers about some pressing queries about the Battle Pass, the in-game shop, and it is the seasonal approach.
Diablo 4's first season will release in July instead of straight on launch day, which is likely a blessing in disguise for a lot of reasons - chief included in this is the fact that another game that's now one of the most successful live-service in the market struggled at launch. That's none other than Destiny 2, which was released completely back in 2017 and quickly faced backlash because of its state and content, which the first two expansions did not help with.
How Diablo 4 is Avoiding a Big Issue Destiny 2 Had on Launch
Upon launch, Diablo 4 will ultimately be available in most of its gory splendor, and players can tell you the entirety of Sanctuary and level up their characters freely, all while attempting to attain the best of loot. Yet, case the premise from the base game, and even though it is launching on June 6, the particular first season will release only weeks later, presumably toward the center or the end of July. This is an excellent strategy that allows everyone who's thinking about playing the sport some time to finish the primary campaign and enjoy themselves with a class or two, it provides them with new exciting content soon after.
The way seasons are structured is the fact that Blizzard will add seasonal storylines and new content for players to tackle, which is not an immediate continuation of the main campaign in Diablo 4. This approach lets the developers experiment using the themes, the characters, and also the rewards of every new season without players going through the so-called FOMO - the worry of really missing out - since it is siding content instead of a constantly-evolving tale. More importantly, it's going to be considered a major content drop only weeks after launch.
This will probably help retain players over a long period because there will be considered a lot to complete on launch after which new endeavors and loot waiting just around the corner. That's exactly what Destiny 2 might have needed in those days because the base game was simplistic, and also the Curse of Osiris expansion didn't give a meaningful experience, to the point it is often thought to be one of the worst releases in the sport's history. It didn't help it came out months after the sport's release, also it still took Bungie quite a long time to successfully adjust to the model that made Destiny 2 one of the best live-service games around.
Diablo 4, on the other hand, is beginning off on the right foot by providing an extensive gameplay experience on launch and following up shortly using its first season. This implies that Diablo 4's live-service model is already around the path to success, and when seasons are continued on a three-month schedule, plus they differ from what Diablo 3's current offering is, the sport will likely have a long life span. And to make that happen, avoiding Destiny 2's content drought is a vital step to not disappointing players on launch and very soon thereafter.