Diablo 4 Disables Major Feature Following Season 2 Release Issues

Highlights

  • Diablo 4’s Season of Blood launched with some major bugs, forcing Blizzard to temporarily disable crossplay between consoles and PC.
  • According to some players, the social aspects of Diablo 4 are underdeveloped, making the benefits of crossplay seem underutilized.
  • Despite the launch issues, Season of Blood brings new bosses and opportunities for endgame farming, but more needs to be done to regain the game’s initial popularity.

Diablo 4 launched Season of Blood on October 17 with a few major bugs, and one of these issues ultimately forced Blizzard to temporarily disable crossplay between consoles and PC. The crossplay in Diablo 4 was one of its major selling points before release – rather than box players in by region and platform, friends would be able to group together with no restrictions. Unfortunately, many fans have argued that the social aspects of Diablo 4 are hugely underdeveloped, which ultimately made the benefits of crossplay seem underutilized.

While Diablo 4‘s Season of Blood focused on adding several quality-of-life features, such as a dedicated gem material tab or better stash functionality, there is still much that Diablo 4 fans feel is missing from the game. On paper, Season 2 was supposed to be a major step in the right direction, but the glitches have marred an otherwise hopeful launch.

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Diablo 4 players reported having issues with their Seasonal Progress not being saved, being unable to claim their Premium Battle Pass rewards, or even noticing that many cosmetic items still used placeholder icons. On top of the in-game problems, the Diablo 4 community also reported slow download speeds and new error codes following the update. These technical issues have seemingly contributed to Blizzard temporarily shutting down Diablo 4‘s crossplay functionality until the bugs are properly addressed.

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Despite the disastrous launch, Season of Blood holds plenty of promise for the long-term future of Diablo 4. The latest update is not only bringing new bosses to the game, but it is also providing players a means of farming for Uber Uniques in Diablo 4 by taking on Uber Duriel, a challenge somewhat comparable to Uber Lilith in terms of difficulty. Though fans have applauded Blizzard for attempting to provide different ways of approaching the endgame in Diablo 4 past Nightmare Dungeons, it may take more than just adding a few bosses to bring back the numbers Diablo 4 had on release.

To that end, Diablo fans should keep an eye out for any Diablo 4 news at BlizzCon 2023, as Blizzard will most likely tease the first expansion pack for the game during the opening presentation. Given the way its predecessor was redeemed by Reaper of Souls, Diablo 4 may end up following a similar trajectory, where its expansion pack taps into the game’s potential, and turns it into a Diablo installment worthy of the franchise.

Diablo 4 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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