Diablo 3 Open Beta Weekend This Weekend

News Editor: Tim Harmer Date: 20-04-2012 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]  Discuss in Forums

Eagerly awaited next instalment of the franchise will be open to all ahead of the Beta servers being taken down on May 1st.




Rumours of a Starter Version of Diablo 3, consisting of just the Beta (Act 1) build without Auction House and game invite facilities, circled this week but were swiftly dashed for the time being. However, perhaps partly reacting to the demand seen from those who have yet to gain a Diablo 3 Beta Invite, Blizzard have chosen to open up the Beta servers to all comers.

So far as we know the Open Beta period will last for one weekend only: this weekend. Battle.net community managers have outlined in a blog the steps you need to follow in order to gain access, including setting up a Battle.net account, Battletag and downloading the client.

Diablo® III Open Beta Weekend

We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the games release on May 15. You can begin downloading the Diablo III client right now.

From Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT you'll be able to log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion.

FAQ

What steps do I need to take?

* Log in or create a Battle.net account at http://www.battle.net
* Create your BattleTag™, which is required to play Diablo III (What is BattleTag?)
* Download the game client, install, and play between 12:01 p.m. PDT April 20 and 10:00 a.m. PDT April 23

I don't have a Battle.net account - can I still play?

Absolutely! Just visit http://www.battle.net to create a free Battle.net account. Next, download the client from https://us.battle.ne...nload/index.xml and install it. Create your BattleTag, and then log in to the game using your Battle.net account name (email address) and password to begin slaughtering the demonic hellspawn that dare stand in your way.

Are there any differences for stress test participants versus invited closed beta testers?

Stress test participants will only be able to access the beta between Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), and Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. In addition, stress test participants will not have access to post in the beta forums and will not be provided Beta Bucks for use in testing the currency-based auction house.

Can all regions/countries participate?

Due to regional differences and features of the stress test client, Korean players will not be able to partake in the stress test weekend. However, beginning the week of April 23, we will be conducting a separate, invitation-only closed beta test that will give players in Korea a chance to try out the game, along with players in the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

What if the service is down/laggy/disconnecting me?

It's very possible that players connecting to the stress test could experience issues with the service. While not ideal this is exactly why we're having a stress test. We want to catch and analyze as many bugs as possible during this stress test period, so that we can try to ensure a smooth launch on May 15.

I'm having an issue, how can I get help?

Due to the limited window of the stress test we encourage you to visit the Technical Support or Mac Technical Support forums if you're having any issues running the game, and checking the Known Issues list if you're running into a bug. As a stress test participant you will not be able to post in the beta forums.

What platforms and languages do you support?

For the stress test we're offering the client in English, French, and German for both Windows and Mac. At release the game will be fully localized into English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, European Spanish, Italian, Polish, Korean, and Traditional Chinese for Windows, and English, French and German for Mac.

I'm an invited closed beta tester, what happens after the stress test weekend ends?
As an invited closed beta tester you'll continue to have access until the beta ends on May 1.


Servers open at 12noon PDT (8pm British Summer Time) today (20th April 2012) and will close Monday 10am PDT (6pm BST). Even though it's presented as a stress test for the log-in system on launch it's likely that logging in will be difficult in the first hour or so after launch purely due to numbers. If you're on the fence about picking up this game this weekend will be an ideal opportunity to try before you buy.

Diablo 3 is available to pre-order now and is set for release on May 15th.

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