April 24, 2024

Blizzard Promises Diablo 4 Fix for Menu Screen Season 1 Under Heavy Criticism After Accidentally Activated Premium Battle Pass

Diablo 4 developer Blizzard has promised a fix for a user interface issue that causes some players to accidentally activate the premium battle pass.

Streamer Rurikhan took to Twitter to post a clip showing how he activated the 1,000 Platinum (£8.39 / $9.99) Season 1 premium battle pass on Diablo 4’s battle pass menu screen. Not only is the ‘Activate Premium Battle Pass’ button close to the button used to check your Season Tour, but the cursor defaults to the ‘Activate Premium Battle Pass’ button ‘ on this screen.

Rurikhan explained that he was saving the unlocking of his battle pass, obtained by purchasing the Digital or Ultimate Editions of Diablo 4, for a future season “because I don’t have time to commit to this one”.

“So Blizzard put the ‘Activate Premium Battle Pass’ button right next to the button you always have to press to check out your Season Pass,” Rurikhan said. “Guess what happened to me and at least five other people on my stream? This is just plain malicious design.”

Popular streamer Rhykker also joined attribute this user interface element to a “dark pattern.”

In response to the original Twitter post, which had received over three million views, Diablo 4 community chief Adam Fletcher said that a temporary fix is ​​in the works that will “at least ensure that the default cursor doesn’t exist and instead defaults to the Season Tour”. This small update is due out early in the week starting July 24th.

While this user interface issue is more of a problem on console than it is on PC, where mouse and keyboard input becomes less like what happens when menus, it’s still worth keeping an eye on the ‘Activate Battle Pass Premium’ button so it can be avoided if you want to play Diablo 4 Season 1 without paying extra.

Last week, Blizzard has addressed the back-up to Diablo 4’s controversial nerf patchpromising a new patch to revert many of the changes it made.

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.

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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