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Will Diablo 4 Be Free-To-Play?

Some are wondering if Diablo 4 will be free-to-play (F2P) or if there is any way to play the ARPG for free.
Will Diablo 4 Be Free-To-Play?

On 6 June 2023, Diablo 4 gets unleashed as Lilith returns to Sanctuary, leaving Nephalem to "abandon all hope." With Diablo Immortal's direction, some gamers wonder if Diablo 4 will be free-to-play (F2P) as well or if there is any hope for a way to at least test the upcoming ARPG.

This article explains Diablo 4's pricing and how you can potentially play the game for free, jumping into Sanctuary in this next-gen ARPG experience without the need to open your wallet, so let's get started.

Update on 23 March 2023: We've updated this article with the latest information about Diablo 4's monetization. Don't forget that the Diablo 4 Open Beta is free, so get in there!
Rod Fergusson has revealed that there are no current plans to bring Diablo 4 to Xbox Game Pass.

Is Diablo 4 a Free-To-Play (F2P) Game?

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Sanctuary is dark...and full of terrors. (Picture: Blizzard)

Despite Diablo Immortal going the free-to-play route, Diablo 4, the next mainline entry in the iconic ARPG franchise, is certainly not. To make it abundantly clear, Diablo 4 is not a F2P title. 

The game will set you back $69.99 for the Standard Edition on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. There's also a few other Editions, including the Diablo 4 Collector's Edition (which doesn't actually include the game), to look at.

Check out all the Diablo 4 Editions, pricing, and content in our dedicated article.

Despite the game not being F2P, there might be some ways to at least get a taste of Lilith's return to Sanctuary for free...

Any Way To Play Diablo 4 Free?

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You can technically test Diablo 4 for free without opening your wallet when the Open Beta arrives. (Picture: Blizzard)

If you are wondering if there is any way to play Diablo 4 for free, then the answer is both "yes" and "no". First off, you can try the game for free, thanks to the upcoming Diablo 4 Open Beta. While those who pre-order get Early Access to the Open Beta, there's no need to open your wallet. Yes, Diablo 4's Open Beta will be free for anyone on PC, Xbox, or PlayStation to test out.

That's not the full game, so can you play the full Diablo 4 for free? At the time of writing, there is no official confirmation that the game will come to Xbox Game Pass. If, however, the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard deal gets fully approved, we are almost certain Diablo 4 will arrive on Xbox Game Pass, essentially making it "free" for PC, Xbox One, and Series X/S console gamers, not counting the subscription cost, of course.

A final note is that Diablo 4 will have Seasons and connected Battle Passes. This won't be a pay-to-win affair, with the Premium Battle Pass only featuring cosmetic additions.

In case you've been buried under a pile of undead, and haven't seen it, check out the awesome Diablo 4 release date reveal trailer below.

So there you have it, Diablo 4 is NOT a free-to-play title, but there will be a way to test it for free, and it might become "free" with an Xbox Game Pass subscription in the future. We will endeavor to update this article consistently as we learn more about Diablo 4 leading up to its 6 June 2023 release date.


For more Diablo 4, be sure to check out our dedicated section or some of our Guides & Tutorials just below:

Diablo 4 Class Builds - Best Barbarian Build |  | Best Necromancer Build | Best Sorcerer Build | Best Druid Build | Best Rogue Build | All Classes Tier List | Best Class For Beginners | Build Calculator

Class Mechanics: Sorcerer Enchantment System | Barbarian Arsenal | Rogue Specialization | Necromancer Book of the Dead | Druid Specialization | 

Items - Healing Vial | Item Slot Types | Transmogs/Wardrobe | Salvage Items | Durability & Repair | Trading Items | All Unique Items & Stats | Set Items | Item Quality/Rarity Levels | Elixirs | Butcher's Cleaver

Features: Beginners Guide | Impressions From Beta

Quests: Ritual Tower Key | Forgive Me Side Quest | Traveler's Prayer Side Quest | Secret Of The Spring Riddle | Raising Spirits Side Quest

General D4 Guides: Legendary & Gold Farming | Town Portal | Inventory Size | Stash Size | Beat Lilith's Lament | Beat Den Mother Boss | Beat Lord Avitus Boss | Beat Blood Bishop Boss | Reset Dungeons | Gathering Legions Guide | The Butcher Boss | Leave Dungeons | All Stronghold Locations

Diablo 4 Tech Guides - Ray Tracing Support | Couch Co-Op | Server Regions | PC Requirements & File Size | Diablo 4 Servers Down? | Connection Issues Fix | Crashing Issues Fix | Unable To Install or Patch | Low FPS Fix | Error Code 34202 Fix | Disable Fog & Glare | Stuck in Queue Fix | Console Issues | PC Issues | Enable & Disable Chat Bubbles | Hit Max Level Fast | Best PC Settings High FPS | Error Code 395002 Fix | Error Code 316719 Fix | D4 on Steam Deck

Crafting/Vendors - Jeweler | Gambling & Obols | Occultist | Alchemist | Blacksmith | | Monster Parts | Skins | Ore | Plants

Legendary Aspects - Codex of Power | Sorcerer Legendary Powers | Barbarian Legendary Powers | Rogue Legendary Powers | Necromancer Legendary Powers | Druid Legendary Powers

Activities - Strongholds | Nightmare Dungeons | Silent Chests | Altars of Lilith

Story & Lore - Campaign Length | Who is Lilith? | Who is Inarius | Deckard Cain | Secret Cow Level

Zones - Fractured Peaks Overview | Scosglen | Kehjistan | Dry Steppes | Hawezar | All Waypoint Locations

Mounts - Temptation Mount | Diablo 4 Class Dismount Mechanics | Unlock & Customize |

Seasons - Battle Pass Price | Diablo 4 Season Duration

Gameplay Systems - Armor System | Clans | Primary Stats & Effects | Shrines & Buffs | Renown & Reputation | Max Level & Paragon Cap | World Tier Difficulty Levels | Followers/Mercenaries

World Bosses - Ashava | Avarice | Wandering Death | Beat Ashava | Ashava Spawn Location

Diablo 4 Misc - Statue of Inarius Price & Specs | Wolf Pack Cosmetic | Codes | Diablo 4 Free-to-Play? | Mother's Inked Title | Collector's Edition | How To Respec | Stagger Mechanic | Patch Notes | Asmongold Diablo 4 Beta Thoughts

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Our section keeps growing, so check for new guides daily! Don't forget to pick up one of the Diablo 4 Editions and join the fight to save Sanctuary soon.