Diablo 4 releases on Steam next Tuesday, October 17th – the same day that its second season, Season of Blood, also kicks off.
That update will bring a new questline investigating pesky bloodsuckers – plus the chance to wield their vampiric powers for yourself using a new potent blood resource – fresh enemies to mow through and a host of quality-of-life improvements, ranging from speeding up level progression (or skipping the campaign entirely with a new character) to upping the drop rate of rare gear during the endgame.
October 17th will bring additional good news for those who’ve been waiting to chase the latest loot on the bus/in bed, too, as global community development director Adam Fletcher took to TwiXer to confirm that Diablo 4 had been Steam Deck Verified ahead of its arrival on Valve’s platform.
“We have been hearing some questions regarding Steam Deck verification for #DiabloIV,” Fletcher wrote. “We can happily say that Diablo IV will be Steam Deck Verified starting next Tuesday with the launch of the game on Steam and the start of Season of Blood!”
We have been hearing some questions regarding Steam Deck verification for #DiabloIV.
We can happily say that Diablo IV will be Steam Deck Verified ✅ starting next Tuesday with the launch of the game on Steam and the start of Season of Blood!
— Adam Fletcher (@PezRadar) October 12, 2023
The dev also replied to one commenter to confirm that you’ll need to re-buy Diablo 4 on Steam in order to play if you already own it – there’s no way to simply hook up your Battlenet account and unlock it in your Steam library.
Although we’ll have to see exactly how Diablo 4 looks and runs on the Deck next week – while Valve says Steam Deck Verified games represent “great gaming experiences on Steam Deck” versus games that are simply ‘Playable’, that level of “great” hasn’t always been a consistent bar – it’s hopefully a good sign for anyone who’s slashed their way through every inch of Vampire Survivors by now and is after their next time sink.