In my eternal war against Diablo 4’s insanely priced and tragically well-designed cash shop cosmetics, I had to point out the latest example of the game going absolutely wild with its costs.
With the launch of season 2 of the game, which is quite good from a gameplay perspective, Diablo 4 has also done one of its first crossovers with another Blizzard game, as it’s now offering a Wrath of the Lich King horse, the “Invincible Aspect” in the shop. It comes with a base horse model, Lich King armor, and then Lich King helmet or Frostmourne mount trophies.
It all costs…2,500 platinum, which because of how bundling works in the game, would be a $25 purchase. No in-game way to earn platinum at all. Completing the entire $10 battle pass earns you 700 “free” Platinum for the season. So you know, four more seasons, and you’d scrape up enough to get it. Though that would cost $40 itself.
This is far more expensive than every other horse in the game. Others listed right now go for 1,200 to 2,000 platinum, though I have yet to really understand the variance in pricing at all between any of these. Some have an extra mount trophy, maybe. Rather, the Lich King horse costs as much as many of the higher end armor sets in the game, which are almost all around $25 themselves, given that you can never buy the exact amount of platinum you need, and have to do these bundles.
What I find funny about Diablo 4’s microtransactions is that there is exactly one purchase that’s worth it. That would be the premium battle pass for $10. With that, you get a 5 class set of armor that’s pretty good. You get a full slate of weapon skins. You get a horse. You get emotes and new town portals. Given that most armor sets are $20+, it’s like $100 of store armor alone, plus a maybe $30 or more in weapons and horses. But mainly, that shows just how out of whack store pricing is for that other stuff. This game is making and pricing skins like it’s Overwatch or League of Legends despite being a looter when this stuff needs to be found in game.
I am begging Diablo 4 to do something about these insane prices so I don’t feel like an idiot spending money in this shop. I like the game, I like fashion, I play all classes. But while yes, I would pay $25 for five sets across five classes perhaps, I am not going to play $25 for a single set, particularly when the game itself is refusing to give me any remotely comparable cosmetics for two seasons now.
The last thing to get fixed in any live service game is the cash shop, and for all the other changes Diablo has made, this remains horrible, and the Lich King horse is a prime example.