Diablo 4 Season 1 Start Date: Mid to Late July
Diablo 4 is set to launch on June 6, 2023, and with it comes an exciting new Seasonal model. Season 1 will be available shortly after launch. In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about the start date of Diablo 4 Season 1.
Diablo 4 Seasonal Model
Diablo 4 will continue the seasonal model we’ve seen in other Diablo games, with new Seasons coming out quarterly. Each season will last approximately three months, and annual plans may include four seasonal releases, modeled after Diablo III’s successful ongoing support of the game. Each season will have a unique theme, new content, quests, and rewards. Characters created during each season will start fresh, allowing us to experience the game’s ever-changing environment repeatedly.
When Does Diablo 4 Season 1 Start?
Blizzard has announced that Diablo 4 Season 1 will begin in mid to late July. We do not have an exact date yet, but it’s reasonable to expect that the start date will be around July 21, 2023. This release schedule means that fans can expect the first full Season to arrive on schedule, and, based on earlier updates, the second Season will likely follow it soon after.
Diablo 4 Launch and Early Access Release Time
|North America Early Access||Pacific Standard Time (PST): 4PM, June 1|
|Eastern Standard Time (EST): 7PM, June 1|
|South America Early Access||Brasilia Time (BRT): 8PM, June 1|
|Europe Early Access||British Summer Time (BST): 12AM, June 2|
|Central Europe Summer Time (CEST): 1AM, June 2|
|Asia Early Access||Korea Standard Time (KST): 8AM, June 2|
For players that pre-order Diablo 4, the Early Access period will commence on June 1, starting at 4 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST). The full game will be available on June 6. The season will likely start six weeks after the release date, which makes mid to late July the expected time frame.
Progressing Through the Season Journey and Earning Rewards
Diablo 4 Season 1 will be available shortly after the game’s release, but it’ll still be an independent offering from playing the complete game. To embark on your next chapter, you must first complete the Campaign. The Season Journey is your guiding light, helping you develop through Season 1. By completing various chapters’ objectives, players earn tiers in Diablo 4 Season 1’s new battle pass system. This time it includes both free reward tiers and 63 tiers of largely cosmetic items as part of premium battle pass reward track that costs $10.
Smoldering Ash Currency
The free reward tiers will also include a special currency called Smoldering Ash, used to unlock and upgrade seasonal perks that give the seasonal characters a range of benefits. Blizzard has emphasized that players will not be able to pay to buy power in Diablo 4 by acquiring any Smoldering Ash through tier skips for the battle pass. To use Smoldering Ash, the reward will need to meet certain level requirements.
Account-wide Unlocks in Diablo 4
Blizzard has clarified what unlocks exist on a per-character basis and what unlocks are account-wide in Diablo IV. Unlocked Legendary aspects and entries in the Codex of Power, as well as regional Renown levels and discovered Altars of Lilith, will not be account-wide. However, the stat boosts and other rewards from reaching certain Renown levels for each of the game’s regions will be account-wide. Once players unlock their first mount as part of Diablo IV’s campaign, all subsequent characters will be able to use mounts from the beginning.
Diablo 4 Season 1 is a highly anticipated part of the game that comes out shortly after the official launch date. Fans can expect new content, quests, and rewards, as they progress through each Season, starting with Season 1 in mid to late July. Though we do not have a confirmed date yet, we will keep you updated as updates arrive.
1. Will all seasonal characters in Diablo 4 be deleted after the end of the season?
Yes, all seasonal characters in Diablo 4 will be deleted after the Season ends. However, any new items or Legendary powers introduced during the season but not tied to seasonal character progression will carry over into the non-seasonal game experience.
2. When can I start playing Diablo 4?
Diablo 4 is expected to launch on June 6, 2023. However, players who pre-order the game can access the Early Access phase starting from June 1.
3. Can I skip the Campaign mode in Diablo 4 Season 1?
Yes, players who have completed the campaign at least once on any character can skip Campaign mode with subsequent characters in all Seasons, including Season 1.
4. Can I acquire Smoldering Ash by paying for tier skips in the battle pass?
No, players will not be able to buy power in Diablo 4 by purchasing tier skips for the battle pass to earn Smoldering Ash and immediately make their seasonal characters more powerful, as each Smoldering Ash reward will have level requirements that must be met before they can be used.
5. Are unlocked Legendary aspects and entries in the Codex of Power account-wide in Diablo 4?
No, unlocked Legendary aspects and entries in the Codex of Power, as well as Renown levels and discovered Altars of Lilith, will not be account-wide in Diablo 4. However, the stat boosts and rewards from reaching certain Renown levels will be account-wide.