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Diablo IV joins Xbox Game Pass: A significant expansion

Diablo IV set to join Xbox Game Pass, heralding a new era for the service following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

In a groundbreaking move, IV, one of the most acclaimed games from Activision Blizzard, is poised to join the Game Pass lineup on March 28. This development follows Microsoft's landmark acquisition of Activision Blizzard, marking a pivotal moment in the expansion of the Game Pass service. Notably, this is the first major title from the acquired company to be integrated into the subscription platform.

The anticipation around this addition has been brewing since Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, hinted last October, shortly after the acquisition's completion, that significant titles, including the likes of Call of Duty, wouldn't join Game Pass until 2024. However, introducing Diablo IV to the service seems to be an accelerated move, bringing a new dynamic to Game Pass offerings earlier than expected.

Diablo IV: Continuing to captivate gamers

Since its launch last year, Diablo IV has garnered widespread acclaim for its engaging gameplay and immersive world. The game has consistently delivered fresh experiences to its players through ongoing seasonal updates, such as the current ‘Season of the Construct.' The integration of Diablo IV into the Game Pass library is anticipated to significantly broaden its reach, making it accessible to an additional 34 million subscribers. This strategic decision is poised to attract new players while retaining the existing fanbase, enhancing the overall appeal and value of the Game Pass.

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Expanding horizons beyond Xbox

In a move emphasising Microsoft's commitment to diversity and accessibility in gaming, the company has announced plans to bring four yet-to-be-revealed exclusives to other major gaming platforms, including PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. This approach demonstrates Microsoft's intent to maintain the robustness of the Game Pass service, ensuring that Xbox fans continue to perceive significant value in their subscriptions, even as the company explores new avenues in the gaming ecosystem.

The future of gaming with Game Pass

Including Diablo IV in the Game Pass catalogue is just the beginning of what appears to be an expansive strategy by Microsoft. By bringing more titles from the Activision Blizzard portfolio to its service, Microsoft is enhancing the Game Pass library and setting the stage for future growth and innovation in digital gaming. As the gaming landscape continues to evolve, Game Pass subscribers and gaming enthusiasts alike can look forward to a diverse range of titles and experiences, signalling exciting times ahead in gaming.

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Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela is a freelance news editor at Tech Edition, where she writes about technology and often does listicles and product reviews. Based in Austria, Gabriela is a person with many and diverse hobbies. If you don't find her reading a book at home or baking something, she will probably be out hiking or taking some classes to learn a new skill.

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