And this isn't just apparent in the use of money to purchase items however, it is also evident in gacha mechanics, and the D2R Items public disclosure of drop rates for the more scarce items. Gacha is using game currency, whether it's free, or purchased by a shop in the game, to purchase something randomly items, such as equipment pieces for instance, in the case of Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia or characters from the ever-popular (and persistant) Fate/Grand Order or Genshin Impact.
In the case of Diablo 2 Resurrected , it's the use of Legendary Crests (which can be earned or purchased) in order to increase the probability of finding a gem with a 5 star rating in the dungeons and dungeons endgame. While not entirely traditional in its approach to presentation (most gachas are played out by "rolling" on a time-limited banner) Players are engaged in the same kind of randomness in the same way. In many ways this, the Diablo franchise was working towards these mechanisms since its inception, according to a piece Maddy Myers wrote a few weeks ago.
Diablo 2 Resurrected also, in unambiguous terms, draws direct inspiration from an "feeding" method that many Japanese, Korean, and Chinese mobile games have used for more than 10 years. "Feeding" involves raising the attributes, stats or rarity of a particular item by having a duplicate of the drop. The duplicates then feed to an item with the same rarity to increase the overall stats of an item. Generally there are five copies as the industry norm to max out a character or item.
My first experience with "feeding" was through Fate/Grand Order, which was initially made available from Japan in July of 2015 and produced a total revenue of $4 billion dollars worldwide in 2019. To create a character that was the best it can possibly be I needed duplicates of each one. And when a specific banner came along, I ended up dropping more than 300 euros to get the five-star character I'd wanted for years. However, I was unable to obtain the identical copies I needed for the full potential of this character. The rates for the highest-rated 5-star characters in the range of 1percent, it's no surprise I never managed to acquire a replica of the character during my time enjoying the game (which I've since uninstalled). In July 2021, Fate/Grand Order was the seventh highest-grossing mobile game of the past, and was placed in front of Konami's Puzzle and Dragons. The D2R Ladder Items buy latter could be added to the list because it is also a gacha-based game.