Diablo Immortal hasn’t been out long, but those who’ve been playing the game have already noticed its unhealthy monetisation scheme. YouTube channel Bellular News found that it would cost players $110,000 (R1.7 million) to max out a character.
Diablo Immortal may be a Free to Play game but to fully maximise a character’s effectiveness requires the purchasing of Legendary Gems to unlock endgame tier progression – something that currently can only be done via the games monetisation options.
Buying these Legendary Gems to max-out a character does not guarantee that you receive the items you are looking for, as they only have a chance of dropping from the loot boxes you will be paying for.
Bellular News also noted that it would theoretically take ten years of playtime to fully equip a character in the game’s current state without spending any real money.
Thus far, Diablo Immortal’s general gameplay loop and performance have been well-received by players, but this has been tempered by a healthy degree of scepticism over the game monetisation.
If Bellular News’ calculations are accurate, this scepticism will have been well-founded.