All You Need To Know About Diablo IV: Playing Early, Editions, DLC, and More

It’s time to venture into hell again as Diablo IV arrives next month.

The fourth installment in the slash-em-up is nearly here and while we’ve been able to check it out a bit early through open betas and server slams, nothing compares to the full experience.

Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about pre-orders and future content.


Diablo 4 is releasing on PC, PlayStation 4/5, and Xbox Series on June 6. Early Access begins on June 1.

Who’s developing/publishing?

Activision Blizzard

How many Editions are there?

Three different editions. Standard, Digital Deluxe and Ultimate.

Will there be DLC?

There will be multiple seasons running post launch to keep you coming back to the game as an ever-developing experience. It does seem that there will also be paid expansions coming at some point.

There are also additional pieces of content provided at the launch period across the different versions.

Do I need a Battle.Net account to play?

Yes, you need a Battle.Net account and an internet connection, regardless of format, to play Diablo IV.

What are Seasonal Battle Passes?

Diablo IV will have Seasonal Battle Passes and these cost around $8 each. Battle Passes, primarily, are centered around cosmetics, which means the game isn’t paid to win, but rather you’re paying for additional aesthetics, such as new hair styles, clothing, backpacks etc.

If you purchase the Digital Deluxe Version of Diablo IV, you’ll get this bundled in anyway so you don’t have to worry about additional cost upfront, but overtime if you want to get certain items, you’ll need to purchase the specific Battle Pass attached to them.

You can also earn premium currency by buying the battle pass, and this enables you to buy things from the in-game store.

Within each season, there is also a free track, which means you can still earn cosmetics in game even if you haven’t paid for the Battle Pass. These will obviously be different rewards.

You can also get season boosts, including better XP gains so you can level your characters more quickly, but these are earned in-game as opposed to being paid for or bought outright.

Do I need to play Diablo 3 to play Diablo 4?

Not according to the team. Diablo 4 is set 100 years after Diablo 3. So while there may be some links players can pick up on, it’s an entirely new experience.

Can I play Diablo 4 early?

You can! A whole week early, in fact. You can get early access into Diablo 4 by purchasing the Digital Deluxe Edition or Ultimate Edition. Standard Editions, unfortunately, will not be eligible.

Diablo 4 is scheduled to release worldwide on June 6, but theoretically you can start playing from June 1, which is only a week and a half away!

Anything else we should know?

There’s a stack of DLC arriving at the launch period, depending on which version you get. This is a game that will definitely have support for the long term with many events, stories, seasons, and rewards planned, and it is shaping up to be in a good state for launch following the Server Slam.


Standard Edition

The Standard Edition includes the cross-gen base game. Pre-orders will also give you the following items for other games.

  • Inarius Wings & Inarius Murloc Pet in Diablo 3
  • Amalgam of Rage Mount in World of Warcraft
  • Umber Winged Darkness Cosmetics Set in Diablo Immortal

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition includes all of the above, as well as the Temptation Mount in Diablo IV (once you’ve unlocked mount access in game)

You’ll also receive Hellborn Carapace Mount Armour, and the Seasonal Battle Pass Unlock when Season 1 kicks off.

Ultimate Edition

The Ultimate Edition includes all of the above, as well as the Wings of the Creator Emote, and an Accelerated Seasonal Battle Pass Unlock, which includes a Premium Seasonal Battle Pass, plus 20 Tier skips and a cosmetic.

About the author

Brad Baker

Brad is an absolute horror buff and adores the new take on I.T. He also fancies himself as a bit of a Battle Royale master but never when anyone's watching.
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