Diablo Immortal Roadmap

Blizzard News has an update on the first post-launch content update for Diablo Immortal, the mobile-first installment in the action/RPG series. This adds a bunch of content, clears up some bugs, and paves the way for tomorrow's launch of Season Two. The post also mentions that Blizzard is working to address botting in the game: "Recently, we have received reports of bots in Diablo Immortal—we are committed to continually monitoring all bot reports and will respond with disciplinary action as needed to ensure these accounts do not create a negative playing experience for our community. If you come across any bots while playing Diablo Immortal, please use the in-game reporting tool to alert us. This ensures we receive the reported player’s UID." What the blog does not address at all is concerns about the game's monetization, which has proven both profitable and controversial. For more on that topic, there's an interview with Mike Ybarra on the Los Angeles Times (may require registration or subscription) where the Blizzard boss says this is fine: "The monetization comes in at the end game," Ybarra says. "The philosophy was always to lead with great gameplay and make sure that hundreds of millions of people can go through the whole campaign without any costs. From that standpoint, I feel really good about it as an introduction to 'Diablo'." On that theme, a large section of the blog post is devoted to paid battle pass options:
For adventurers seeking additional treasures from their Battle Pass ranks, we have two paid versions they can upgrade their Battle Pass to for the full duration of the season: the Empowered Battle Pass and Collector’s Empowered Battle Pass.

Empowered Battle Pass: Includes all rank rewards from the free standard Battle Pass but also unlocks an Empowered track that provides additional rewards at each rank. Plus, you’ll receive the fearsome Bloodsworn Weapon cosmetic, unlocked at rank one, and the thorn-covered Bloodsworn Armor cosmetic, unlocked at rank 40.

Collector’s Empowered Battle Pass: Gives you access to all rank rewards and cosmetics from the Empowered Battle Pass. Plus, the Bloodsworn Avatar Frame, Bloodsworn Portal cosmetic, and a ten-rank boost, all provided immediately after upgrading.