To better understand the confusion surrounding the upcoming release of Diablo IV, it is necessary to go back a few days. At that time, Blizzard announced a competition, based on the fact that the first 1,000 people who reach level 100 in the game will receive a Lilith statue with the winner's nickname engraved on it.
Unfortunately, the initiative, while interesting and extremely tempting, turned out to be not entirely fair, as it favored, for example, reviewers or influencers who had the chance to get to know the title perfectly long before its release. This did not escape the attention of the community, which voiced its dissatisfaction online.
Criticism aimed at Blizzard eventually reached the developers, who, under pressure from the community, decided to change the rules of the race. A Twitter post published by the company revealed that people who received review copies of Diablo IV cannot take part in the competition.
Good intentions, usual results
Although at first glance the issue seems to have been resolved, the rules of participation in the race still favor those who decided to preorder the more expensive editions of the game, and thus will start their adventure in Sanctuary 4 days (i.e. June 2) before the rest of the players. As a result, they have a chance to reach level 100 much earlier.
As expected, the new rules did little to appease the community, which sees Blizzard's move as a cheap ploy to encourage more players to pre-order.. On the forum dedicated to the game, in addition to criticism of the rules of the race itself, of course, there are proposals to postpone its start from June 1 to the beginning of season 1 in Diablo IV.
However, given that we are currently on May 30, it is doubtful that Blizzard will once again change the rules. You can read some selected comments below.
"They should have simply moved the race to the start of Season 1," concludes HilltopHood.
"All Blizzard needs to do is postpone the event to the start of Season 1 to make it fair and equal for EVERYONE," writes HardcoreShadow.
"[Blizzard - editor's note] held a contest to sell Early Acess," declares DrB00.
"What about players who don't have early access? Do they lose a level playing field because they didn't pay extra?," asks CarryOnTom.
It's worth adding that the community also reproaches the developers for promoting unhealthy competition among players from the very beginning in pursuit of the coveted level 100, instead of giving them a chance to enjoy the game first.
Diablo IV will be released on June 6. The game will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, XOne and XSX/S. As mentioned earlier, those who pre-order the Deluxe or Ultimate Edition will start playing on June 2.