Deep Rock Galactic's seasonal updates are confirmed to continue in 2023, with at least two more to come following its third. The multiplayer shooter's dedicated playerbase looks forward to new content drops that make delving into the caves of Hoxxes more rewarding, which is why you may be wondering what the Season 4 start and end dates might be.
Season 4, titled Critical Corruption, evolves the Rockpox theme introduced in the prior season while bringing new enemies to face, cosmetic items to obtain, and more. Read on below for all the details we know so far, including when the fourth season's start and end date might occur.
Deep Rock Galactic Season 4 Critical Corruption Start Date
Developer Ghost Ship Games plans to keep the length of DRG seasons somewhere between 4 and 6 months.
In the second half of May, the developer revealed that Deep Rock Galactic's Season 4's start date had been locked down to June 15 on PC and June 22 on consoles, later than we initially estimated.
The season will make its way to the Steam experimental branch at some point in early June. We initially expected its end date to occur at some point between October 2023 and December 2023, however, that changed when the team behind the game announced its plans for the future.
- Deep Rock Galactic Season 4 start date: Early June (Steam Experimental branch); June 15 (official Steam launch); June 22 (official console launch)
- Deep Rock Galactic Season 4 end date: During or in close proximity to June 2024 (GameWatcher estimation)
With Deep Rock Galactic: Rogue Core on its way, Season 4 received a significant extension, its end date now likely to occur at some point during or close to June 2024.
Deep Rock Galactic Season 4 Content
Deep Rock Galactic's Season 4 introduces a mutated variant of the Rockpox disease we battled in Season 3, alongside "new enemies, new ways to destroy them, and new ways to traverse the hazardous holes of Hoxxes IV."
Plaguehearts have now evolved into fully mobile Litophage Corruptors, capable of spreading Rockpox wherever they go.
We'll need to use cleansing equipment to penetrate their armored shell and make them vulnerable to gunfire.
The disease has also spread to more types of Hoxxes' creatures, including Mactera Bombers and Naedocyte Breeders.
In addition, we'll also have to face two new creatures, in the shape of the armored scorpion-like Glyphid Stingtail, whose tail attacks grabs and incapacitate targets, as well as the Glyphid Septic Spreader, which fires globules of biomatter that cover wide areas on the ground.
To face these new threats, Deep Rock Galactic's Season 4 introduces Jet Boots. Found in crates spread across Hoxxes' caves, retrieving them enables us to more easily navigate the planet's tricky terrain.
To unlock the Jet Boot crates, we'll need to complete a minigame that reminds of short-lived mobile sensation Flappy Bird. A new arcade machine on the Space Rig acts as a training terminal of sorts.
We'll also have the option of drinking a new beer that randomizes both our dwarves' looks and loadout before missions. An option to randomize gear and upgrades is also available at the loadout terminal.
In addition, the dwarves' armor now has sleeveless versions, easily toggleable from the Wardrobe.
We get to progress through a new performance pass, earning a variety of different rewards ranging from cosmetics to resources as we level up.
The new Decontaminator Pack DLC also goes live alongside the season, introducing a new framework for all weapons, "alongside the Decontaminator paintjobs for all other weapon frameworks, armor, pickaxe, and Bosco."
Below, you'll find a recap of the teasers which preceded the season's official reveal.
On April 14, we got our first cryptic teaser for DRG Season 4 content which seems to suggest that the Rig could be getting an arcade machine.
Almost a week later, a second teaser gave us a glimpse of a dwarf standing next to a mysterious crate.
The season's third teaser showcased saw a mysterious crate finding its way to the Space Rig, further fueling rumors that the dwarves might be getting an arcade machine to blow off some steam in between missions.
A fourth teaser gave us an ominous glimpse of what could be a new enemy we might soon face.
Rocket boots could be making a return in some capacity, potentially allowing us to more easily navigate caves with lots of elevation.
A new beer might also become available to drink pre-missions.
Another teaser points at a potential new Rockpox-themed weapon framework while apparently revealing the disease's ability to infect wildlife.
That is what we know about Deep Rock Galactic Season 4's content as well as its start and end dates.
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