One of the things I hated about games like Diablo III and Path of Exile is that when I decided to roll a new character, I was forced to sit through the campaign and waste countless hours. Needless to say, I’m not a fan of this. However, it’s possible that Blizzard has revealed a bombshell and has shown in its latest Diablo IV video, that this may be a thing of the past for Diablo IV. It looks like you’ll be able to skip the campaign for newly rolled characters as long as you have completed the campaign with one character.
This is a fantastic option for anyone who’s played an RPG that enjoyed loved leveling up multiple characters but hated sitting through the campaign, time after time; this is for you. That said, Blizzard hasn’t officially talked about this, but there has to be a reason they dropped that hint in their video. I suppose we’ll find out more when the game is released, and someone goes and finishes the game.
I hope this is true, as Diablo IV is MMO-ish, and the real end game is the world bosses and dungeons. The campaign is just the story, and once the story is done, I really don’t want to play through it again. Before the release of Diablo IV, Blizzard will be hosting what it’s called the “Diablo Server Slam,” which will run from May 12 – 14,2023. This is just a fancy name for a server tet, as it prepares for the release date of Diablo IV. All platforms are welcome to partake in the event, and this build of the game will include all of the bug fixes and updates as outlined here. Sadly, none of your previous character progression will carry over. There will be rewards from the prior beta, as well as some new ones.
- The Initial Casualty title (earned by reaching Kyovashad with one character)
- The Early Voyager title (earned by reaching Level 20 on one character)
- The Beta Wolf Pack Cosmetic (earned by reaching Level 20 with one character)
- A new reward: the Cry of Ashava Mount Trophy (earned by defeating Ashava with one Level 20 character).
Speaking of Diablo IV, several of us here enjoyed the Diablo IV beta and are looking forward to getting our hands on the entire game. Check out the written and the podcast of our preview. I honestly had a blast with the past beta, especially the controller/gamepad support that allowed me to sit on my couch and play the game on my PC.
Diablo IV releases on June 3, 2023, for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.