This week’s controversial Diablo 4 patch sparked a new wave of review-bombing from disgruntled players but the launch of Season 1 still resulted in long queue times.
Diablo 4’s long-awaited pre-season 1 patch, 1.1.0, led to loud complaints from the game’s community, who accused Blizzard of turning the action role-playing game into a “slog” with heavy-handed nerfs for all classes, experience point gains, endgame progression, and more.
Blizzard said it will address the fan in a live stream on July 21st but that hasn’t stopped angry fans lashing out at the changes on social media, the game’s forums, subreddits and, crucially, its Metacritic page.
Diablo 4’s user score dropped to 2.4, with the vast majority of recent reviews complaining about changes made to the game with the patch.
Despite the displeasure expressed online and demands from some players to stop playing entirely, it appears many players were still launching Season 1 on July 20 as long queue times showed, with a launcher message showing a warning to those logging in.
We are seeing unusually long queue times for #DiabloIV. We are working on this, and we appreciate your patience as we work to get everyone into the Sanctuary.
— Blizzard CS EU (@BlizzardCSEU_EN) July 20, 2023
Some players have also reported increased lag while playing the game which is always online.
Forest run, run… pic.twitter.com/26MbVbjrSl
— PiS delegate only! = effective setup (@Darek_Michniak) July 20, 2023
Many Diablo 4 players now hope Blizzard will roll back the changes in response to the backlash. Game director Joe Shely, associate game director Joseph Piepiora, and associate community director Adam Fletcher host the Campfire Chat live stream on July 21st at 11am Pacific.
Meanwhile, Blizzard moved quickly to roll back one unannounced Diablo 4 patch change before the launch of Season 1. The undocumented tweak added additional level requirements for World Series 3 and 4.
This change increased the difficulty of progressing through Diablo 4’s various difficulty tiers, and fueled the frenzy surrounding the patch’s heavy-handed nerfs, which some said turned the game into a “slog.”
In response, a new patch, which brings Diablo 4 up to version 1.1.0b, was released yesterday which completely removes this requirement.
Despite various issues, Diablo 4 enjoyed a massive launch which saw over 10 million people play in June. Diablo 4 is Blizzard’s best-selling game of all time, and has driven more revenue and profits for the company. If you are still playing, check out our Diablo 4 interactive map to start tracking your progress as you play.
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