In an exciting revelation during Blizzard’s Diablo IV Developer Update livestream, the game’s development team delved into the extensive changes set to arrive with the upcoming game update, aptly named the “Season of Blood.” However, the most significant news for PC gamers was the confirmation that Diablo IV will make its way to Steam on October 17, 2023.
Originally launched on June 5, 2023, for both consoles and PC, Diablo IV initially required players to use Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher. Following in the footsteps of Blizzard’s Overwatch 2, the latest installment in the classic Action Role-Playing Game (ARPG) franchise will now find its home on Steam as well.
During the developer stream, Associate Director of Community, Adam Fletcher, announced that Diablo IV will join Valve’s marketplace alongside the launch of season two. Moreover, it will feature full cross-play and cross-progression right from the start, opening up seamless gaming experiences for fans. The Steam page for Diablo IV is already live, inviting eager gamers to prepare for its arrival.
One notable advantage of Diablo IV’s presence on Steam is the improved integration with Valve’s Steam Deck. As Fletcher highlighted during the developer stream, players who have wrestled with the technical nuances of running Diablo IV on the Steam Deck will find the experience smoother and more accessible.
While Diablo IV runs surprisingly well on the Steam Deck, users may need to adjust certain graphics settings to optimize performance. However, since Valve’s handheld PC does not run Windows natively, players will still require a Wi-Fi connection to delve into the world of Lilith while on the go.
The introduction of a Steam version of Diablo IV also opens the door to user reviews. While Battle.net game pages do offer links to the game’s forum, they lack the ability for players to leave or read user comments. In contrast, Steam is renowned for its detailed user reviews, which often provide a candid and comprehensive perspective on games.
This addition is particularly significant given the game’s transition to a live-service model, which has encountered its fair share of challenges. Blizzard faced criticism over significant gameplay changes during the summer, and now, with Diablo IV on Steam, potential critiques may resonate more prominently.
As Diablo IV prepares to haunt the screens of Steam users on October 17, it brings with it the promise of enriched gameplay experiences, cross-platform play, and the vibrant voice of the gaming community through user reviews. This arrival on Steam signifies a pivotal moment for the ARPG genre and a thrilling prospect for fans of the Diablo franchise.
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