According to General Manager Rod Fergusson, there are currently no plans to include Diablo 4 in Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass.
Diablo 4 will celebrate its debut on June 6th, 2023, before that there will be two beta test phases. Pre-orders will start this week. As part of the planned takeover of Activision Blizzard, observers have assumed that Diablo 4 will also be included in the Xbox Game Pass subscription for the release. After all, this happens with all Microsoft games at launch. But according to Blizzard General Manager Rod Fergusson, you have currently no plans to include Diablo 4 in Xbox Game Pass or bring PC Game Pass to play it at no extra cost.
Diablo 4: Beta starts later this week
It’s currently pure speculation, but the lack of integration into the Game Pass, which costs 9.99 euros a month could be related to Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Finally, more than a year after the announcement, it is unclear whether the antitrust authorities will approve the deal. One point of contention is the integration of new games into the Game Pass, as there are fears of unfair competition. Microsoft has already tried to allay the concerns. Microsoft announced on February 21 that all games from the publisher Xbox Game Studios will be playable on the cloud gaming service Nvidia Geforce Now if you have previously bought the PC games on Steam or the Microsoft Store.
For the moment, however, it means that interested parties will buy Diablo 4 need to be able to play it. Already on Friday, March 17th. begins Beta 1, which runs until Monday evening. Diablo 4 is available as an open beta for everyonethen ready on March 24th, with a focus on the prologue and act 1.
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Diablo 4 and Game Pass Collection:
- As Blizzard’s general manager explains, they have no plans to bring Diablo 4 to Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass.
- If you want to play the new Diablo, you have to buy it.
- The continuing uncertain situation regarding the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft may be the reason why there are currently no considerations for a release in the Game Pass game subscription.
- Diablo 4 will be released on June 6th, 2023, already on March 17th. Is there a beta for the pre-orders?