Diablo: Explained: Know All About Microtransactions in Diablo Immortal Mobile Game – Times of India

Activision Blizzard’s free mobile game immortal devil is now available on Android and iOS. Devil is the first of the developer’s long-running PC franchises to be turned into a mobile game that offers abundant in-game purchases. In-game microtransactions can be lucrative for the publisher, but are controversial for many players, as there is speculation that Diablo Immortal is a “pay to win” game. The gameplay of the mobile game is similar to the PC and console versions, where players have to move a warrior through graveyards and caves while killing monsters, collecting loot and upgrading equipment along the way. The only differences between the PC/Console version and the mobile version are touch control and in-game purchases. Here we will discuss what is a pay to win game and the different microtransactions available in the Diablo Immortal mobile game.
What is a “pay to win” game?
Several free mobile titles offer in-game purchases, however, not all microtransactions have the same intentions. Some of them grant players access to simple things like in-game cosmetics, while others offer significant in-game advantages or even direct competitive advantages. Games in which microtransactions give players advantages over other players are often called pay-to-win titles. Titles that strongly encourage players to spend money to avoid built-in annoyances can also fall into this category, and are often criticized for being financially minded. These in-game purchases eventually cause users to spend more money on a free game than they could have used for a premium title.
In the case of Diablo Immortal, players don’t have to purchase the games in advance like they did with the three parts of the PC version of Diablo. Players can download the 12 GB mobile game from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and start playing on their respective devices. Money options start appearing after players complete the first mission.
Diablo Immortal has three main forms of currency
Players should understand a little more about the three forms of in-game currency: gold, platinum, and eternal orbs, before getting into the microtransactions available in Diablo Immortal. Gold is the most common form of in-game currency that is present in every other Diablo game and can also be purchased for real money. Players can also regularly earn it by killing enemies or completing certain quests. Gold is mainly used to complete transactions with common NPCs.
Platinum can also be purchased for real money, however players can also earn it by selling certain in-game items or completing special tasks. Platinum is mainly used to complete special premium transactions in the game that usually yield powerful and valuable items. Most players are expected to use most of their platinum to forge legendary gems.
Diablo Immortals’ direct microtransaction currency is Eternal Orbs, something that players cannot earn through gameplay. However, these Eternal Orbs can be used (directly or indirectly) to acquire some of the most valuable items in the game, such as: Reforge Stones, Dawning Echoes, and legendary crests. These unreachable Eternal Orbs allow players to quickly acquire some of the best upgrades in the game.
Diablo Immortal: Loot Boxes
Recently, there were reports of the game being banned (at least temporarily) in certain countries for the use of loot boxes. Diablo Immortal does not feature traditional loot boxes, however the game ancient cracks and Crests serve the same purpose.
Elder Rifts are special zones filled with monsters that players have to kill and the difficulty of those rifts varies depending on the power level of the character and the player’s party. Players will be rewarded with a number of items by completing an Elder Rift and will also be able to acquire items by defeating monsters in rifts. Additionally, enemies in rifts are more likely to drop high-value items (including legendary gear), making running these Elder Rift dungeons with a group a common late-game activity.
Players have to modify Elder Rifts using “crest” items if they want to increase (or guarantee) the chances of acquiring high-value items. Players must “insert” these ridges into an Elder Rift before entering the zone. In addition to increasing the chances of acquiring certain loot, these crests also add random modifiers to the Elder Rift. Crests in Elder Rift are mainly used to acquire legendary gems that make the character more powerful by improving the effectiveness of some of his specific abilities/attacks.
There are multiple means for players to acquire legendary gems. Players can buy them with Platinum in the market or they can create them using Runes and Platinum. These gems can also be obtained as rewards in the Battle Pass or must be traded by players. Fading embers or hilts (two very rare items) to special vendors in exchange for them.
Using Rare and Legendary Crests in Elder Rifts is the most reliable way to acquire Legendary Gems, as Rare Crests increase the chance of a Legendary gem dropping by 10%, while Legendary Crests guarantee at least one of them. These crests can be obtained through the Battle Pass or as very rare in-game rewards. However, the easiest way to acquire those crests is by using Eternal Orbs or real money.
Diablo Immortal: Cosmetic Microtransactions
Diablo Immortal offers a wide range of cosmetic items that can be purchased for real money. The initial supply of cosmetics is fairly limited, however, each purchasable outfit can cost around $15-$25()u each, depending on a player’s Eternal Orb usage.
Diablo Immortal: Rare Upgrade Materials
Players will find it very difficult to acquire some of the rarer upgrade materials during the course of regular gameplay. Rare items like Glowing Shards and Reforging Stones are not easy to acquire in the game. The easiest way to acquire them is by purchasing them directly from the in-game store using Eternal Orbs. For example, each reforge stone will use up to 100 Eternal Orbs (which will cost around $1.50 depending on how many orbs players buy at a time).
Diablo Immortal: Battle Pass with free and premium tracks
Diablo Immortal allows players to access a Battle Pass just like any other “free” modern game. The game’s Battle Pass includes free and premium progression tracks that are packed with unlockable rewards. The premium track, also known as the “Empowered Pass,” costs $4.99 to access. However, the game even offers a $14.99 option that automatically unlocks 14 ranks of the premium track.
Diablo Immortal: Packages and other rewards
Lastly, “packs” containing a variety of items can also be purchased as part of these microtransactions found in Diablo Immortal. For example, the Starter Pack is $9.99 and includes a cosmetic weapon skin and 60 Eternal Orbs.
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