Diablo 4 lead says there are currently 'no plans' to be on Xbox Game Pass

Diablo franchise general manager Rod Fergusson addressed rumors and demands for Diablo 4 on Game Pass, claiming it wasn't in the works right now.

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Diablo franchise general manager Rod Fergusson said ahead of the Diablo 4 beta this week that there are currently “no plans” for the game on Xbox Game Pass. With Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard very close at hand, questions continue about what Xbox will pull into its Game Pass program, especially regarding games like Diablo 4. Unfortunately, until the deal is settled, it doesn’t seem like Diablo 4 on Xbox Game Pass is in the cards.

Fergusson addressed the matter on his personal Twitter on March 13, 2023. It was there that while he was happy to see enthusiasm was high for Diablo 4, there was no news to share on the Xbox Game Pass front, shutting down rumors that the game was already headed to the program at the moment.

“We’ve been getting some questions about [Diablo 4] on Game Pass and I want to let you know we have no plans for that,” Fergusson wrote. “See you in Sanctuary during the Beta Early Access weekend starting on March 17!”

Diablo general manager Rod Fergusson's tweet on the Game Pass situation for Diablo 4.
Rod Fergusson says that there are currently no plans to bring Diablo 4 to Xbox Game Pass.
Source: Twitter

Ever since Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard to the tune of nearly $70 billion USD, fans and players have wondered about which Activision Blizzard games would make their way to Game Pass. If the past is any indication, Xbox would likely be cool with “All of them”. However, there are still plenty of matters to work out, including closing the acquisition itself. Nonetheless, Xbox and Activision Blizzard have caught no lack of scrutiny over how Microsoft would handle Activision Blizzard’s franchises and IP. Call of Duty has been one of the hot button topics throughout hearings, but Diablo still has a lot of star power in Activision Blizzard’s current lineup.

Nonetheless, Diablo 4 doesn’t come out until June 6. As we near the upcoming Open Beta this month, stay tuned as we continue to watch for updates on the Microsoft/Activision Blizzard deal, as well as word of Acti-Blizz titles on Xbox Game Pass.

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    March 14, 2023 9:50 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Diablo 4 lead says there are currently 'no plans' to be on Xbox Game Pass

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      March 14, 2023 9:52 AM

      I wouldn't think this would happen while Activision is still a separate entity.

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      March 14, 2023 10:07 AM

      Like the higher ups would tell him their plans.

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      March 14, 2023 10:13 AM

      Ooh a production peon opines.

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        March 14, 2023 10:21 AM

        He's a general manager! I'm sure he only has 15 bosses above him at Activision

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      March 14, 2023 12:15 PM

      I'm not sure they're even allowed to be making such plans right now.

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      March 14, 2023 12:17 PM

      lol as if

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      March 14, 2023 2:10 PM

      You're telling me they don't want to give away their crown jewel for free, when they could instead make a metric fuckload of money on Day 1 by selling full-priced copies that will literally be flying off the shelves?

      Who would have thought.

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      March 14, 2023 2:13 PM

      Once the acquisition goes through, "plans" will change rapidly.

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        March 14, 2023 2:16 PM

        Not in this case. Putting Diablo 4 on Gamepass doesn't make any business sense. That shit is going to be printing money.

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          March 14, 2023 2:18 PM

          yea, like how the Bethesda's next big game after skyrim.... ohwait

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          March 14, 2023 2:23 PM

          it doesnt make sense but its a good advertisement for gamepass to guarantee every 1st party game will be on

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            March 14, 2023 3:22 PM

            They have always said ever future 1st party game. Not retroactive across the board

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          March 14, 2023 2:27 PM

          Diablo IV will also have battlepass and a cosmetic store and paid for expansions. It'll likely be heading to Gamepass even if the deal doesn't go through, but not soon.

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          March 14, 2023 2:48 PM

          If the Microsoft acquisition goes through it might be worth more to Microsoft to have it be perceived that "GamePass means all Microsoft games" than it would be for whatever sales they miss from the Windows/Xbox end.

          That all said no matter what this is going to be their comment until/unless the acquisition goes through, lest it be any more ammo for Sony in court.

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          March 14, 2023 2:55 PM

          Depends how it prints money, it's a smart play if it has a big focus on a microtransaction ecosystem

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        March 14, 2023 3:43 PM

        Yup. Of course they aren't going to say that themselves, but it's pretty much a given it happens once the sale goes through.

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        March 14, 2023 4:35 PM


        blizzard has *throughout its history* maintained exclusive pricing for their games. they're never on steep discount.

        they'll be printing money with d4. for a while.

        it's not going on gamepass for years.

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          March 14, 2023 4:53 PM

          But you could put d3 and other games on there where the money has already been extracted.

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            March 14, 2023 4:57 PM

            oh i could totally see the older collection being on there

            i'm only talkin d4. seems like too huge of a money maker

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              March 14, 2023 5:00 PM

              Oh for sure

              The real question is do the out WOW on their. It’s a sub and a lot of sub stuff isn’t on GP so far

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        March 14, 2023 4:56 PM

        It'll probably still be a long while. The deal still hasn't closed and this will probably be one of the most popular PC game launches of all time.

        I'd be surprised if it happened within a year of the deal closing, something that there's still no solid timeline on.

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      March 14, 2023 2:38 PM

      Considering Diablo 3 sold like 30 million units, inputting it on gamepass seems like a business fail for blizzard

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      March 14, 2023 2:54 PM

      Diablo 4 on Game Pass is not likely.

      MS do not own Activision yet and D4 is probably gonna be one of the most lucrative launch ever in PC gaming history.

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      March 14, 2023 5:02 PM

      A mid level artist agrees. Tune in next week to see what senior QA thinks.

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