Diablo 3: Beta – Coming Soon? Get the Facts

There has been speculation as to when we should expect Blizzard Entertainment to announce when they shall begin the Diablo 3 closed beta. I’m sure a lot of people view the Diablo 3 posts on a regular basis, but if you don’t that’s why I’m bringing this announcement to the surface.

A Blizzard Entertainment employee/blue posted saying they expected the games beta testing to commence somewhere between July 1st and September 30th! This date was confirmed by “Bashiok” on the Diablo 3 General Forums. This was on the US Battle.net Forums, for clarification.

Bashiok

The 3rd quarter reference in the earning’s call today was a calendar quarter, meaning that we’re aiming to launch the Diablo III beta between July 1st and September 30th. Keep in mind that it’s our current goal, and of course that can change as development continues

As he or she was saying, this date is subject to change depending on the development of the game. They have confirmed that there is already internal testing going on which is called the alpha testing which will lead to the highly anticipated closed beta.

For those of us that live within the United States, this release date means that students/employees will get a chance to play during the Summer! I can’t confirm that the beta release is the same for those of you that live in Europe.

Here is another quote from Christian Lichtner, he is the Art Director for the D3 development team. He is the co-founder of a comic/art company called “Liquid”.

Christian Lichtner

There will be a closed beta. I can say that. We definitely will have that. It’s incredibly important for us to get feedback from people. You know, we only want to put a game out there when it’s done. For example, when ”World of Warcraft” had its really long beta, everyone thought it was madness. It was like “Who’s gonna buy this game? People have been playing it for free for months!” And all it did was make the game better. We need it. We need people playing the game and giving feedback, so we can make the game better.

That quote was produced during an interview at Blizzard Entertainment’s: Blizzcon 2010

To reinforce Bashiok’s statement about the beta date being subjective, here is a quote from Thomas Tippl, Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Financial Officer for Blizzard Entertainment. This is from an Activision/Blizzard Conference Call.

Thomas Tippl

D3 development continues to go well, and we’re very excited about the game… I’m looking forward to sharing more news about the game, and our upcoming beta, during the next conference call.

With that announcement from Tippl, it’s now known that release dates are very subjective. If his prediction was to be correct, then the Diablo 3 beta would be being released this month, during Q1 (Quarter 1).

Everyone is probably curious as to what to expect out of the Diablo 3 beta, so here is a quote from Bashiok on what to expect when the Diablo 3 beta invites surface:

Bashiok

You’ve actually seen some of the first three Acts already, and we probably won’t be revealing too much more than what we’ve already shown. We really want to try to keep as much a surprise for you when you play through the game the first time as possible. We will be announcing all of the game systems though before beta, so there are a few things left as far as reveals go. While beta will obviously be a lot of fun, should you get the chance to get in and help test, it’ll only be a small part of the whole game. Some people want to know everything, but we’re really trying to preserve the surprise and wonderment (that we hope will come with exploring Diablo III) as much as possible.

I can verify that that quote is true, as I went to Blizzcon 2009/2010 and I can confirm that they allowed us to play the first 3 acts and we also got to play some pvp. They allowed for you to play the acts in 2009 and then they allowed for you to play some pvp in 2010. They had computers that you walked to after you tested the game, and allowed you to give feedback on what you thought, so hopefully those helped in the development of what it is today.

Blizzard has been very careful with what gets leaked out to the public on the development game, or what the public gets to test out. They really want this game to be the one that saves the company, and brings back the Blizzard name. They are wanting to keep the game a surprise for those that remember the Diablo 2 storyline and have been idly waiting for Diablo 3.

Diablo 3 beta will be available to everyone who is currently registered with Battle.net and has filled out their beta profiles. They will treat it the same way as they did during Wrath of the Lich King beta testing, they are going to randomly choose various amounts of people to test. Which brings me to remind you guys to keep your accounts secure during the release of the Diablo 3 beta, as you will probably get a lot of fake beta invites from people trying to gain access to your account.

For those of you who don’t know how to sign up for Blizzard’s beta’s, here is how you’re going to go about getting yourself prepared to hopefully receive an email from them.

Blizzard Support

That is the method used to sign up for Blizzard beta opportunities, good luck on getting in

My Opinion

There has been harsh judgements on the game and many of the people who play Diablo 2 are weary of what is to come of Diablo 3. In my opinion, Blizzard has high expectations of its loyal Diablo player base, so in the end they will probably keep the game as close to Diablo 2 as much as possible. They have announced at Blizzcon 2010 that they plan to look more into PVE for Diablo 3, which is definitely to tend to the casuals. Diablo is known for its fast action paced and speed of play, people need to know it’s not an MMO, it’s a breed of its own and hopefully the company keeps it that way. You are probably going to see all the WoW heads move to Diablo 3 as they didn’t cling to Starcraft 2.
-Thanks for reading!

Sources:

Battle.net – English Forums -> 3rd Quarter
Diablo 3 Beta – Diablo Wiki
Blizzard Support
BlizzCon 2011
Diablo III

-This article was originally written by: Dr. Doom

More information from the

Beta to Begin Summer 2011

Mike Morhaime, during the May 9, 2011 Activision-Blizzard conference call, stated that the Diablo III beta shall commence in the third quarter of that year, and that internal testing had already been underway for a week [3].

Bashiok further clarified the timeframe:

The 3rd quarter reference in the earning’s call today was a calendar quarter, meaning that we’re aiming to launch the Diablo III beta between July 1st and September 30th. Keep in mind that it’s our current goal, and of course that can change as development continues.

Previously, an announcement about the start time for the beta test was expected in the Q1/2011 Activision/Blizzard conference call, scheduled to take place in early May, 2011. [5]

Thomas Tippl

D3 development continues to go well, and we’re very excited about the game… I’m looking forward to sharing more news about the game, and our upcoming beta, during the next conference call.

Will there be a closed Diablo III beta test?

Yes. This was always all but certain, but it was officially stated in various interviews from Blizzcon 2010.

Christian Lichtner

There will be a closed beta. I can say that. We definitely will have that. It’s incredibly important for us to get feedback from people. You know, we only want to put a game out there when it’s done. For example, when ”World of Warcraft” had its really long beta, everyone thought it was madness. It was like “Who’s gonna buy this game? People have been playing it for free for months!” And all it did was make the game better. We need it. We need people playing the game and giving feedback, so we can make the game better.

Prior to this, Jay Wilson spoke about the benefits of beta testing.

AG: Blizzard has always been great at showing games to people at an early stage and I’m interested in that idea. Do you think there are risks of showing games to people early? What’s your philosophy behind that?

Jay Wilson

There’s only a risk – this is going to sound snarky – but there’s only a risk to your ego. If your game is good then people will recognise that it’s good. If it’s not good, then you need to learn from that and make it better. A lot of the times I think people don’t want to show their game early. It’s something that some clutch close to their chests – they don’t want something that misrepresents them. I can understand that, but the thing is – players only remember the last thing you showed them. So if you show them something and they’re like “oh my god that was horrible” then you go “oh geez, then let’s go back and make it better”. But at least now you know why, at least now you have some information.”

One of the reasons why we actually prefer a really long window before we release a game is because we want a lot of feedback; we want to hear what people like and don’t like about it; we want to give them several opportunities to play it before release. We play our games constantly before we release them; we give them to the other development teams and we get feedback. We do very long betas and alphas that we include a lot of people – not just from the fanbase, but from the game industry as a whole. We get a lot of other game developers playing our games – months and months before we release – and I would say, look at the success of Blizzard games. If other companies think it’s a risk, a bad idea… obviously it’s not, because we’ve done very well on that front.

How do I register for the Diablo III Beta Test?

You already are, if you have a Battle.net account and have completed a Beta profile. Blizzard maintains a support page with detailed instructions on accomplishing this.

In order to be eligible to participate in future beta tests, you must create a beta profile. A beta profile is a snapshot of your current system specifications. It includes such information as how much RAM you have, available hard drive space, your graphics card and driver, and other information about your system. We gather this information to ensure that we are able to test our games on a wide range and distribution of systems.

You can see more information about this in Blizzard’s Beta Opt-in FAQ.

How long will the beta test run?

Jay Wilson spoke on this during a video interview from Blizzcon 2010.

Geoffkeighley (via Twitter): someone has to ask this: When is the Diablo 3 beta gonna be?

Jay Wilson: Probably about six months before we release.

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