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Post by Jimbo @ 07:57am 10/05/11 | 32 Comments
Fan site Diablofans is reporting news fresh from Blizzards latest investor conference call that a public beta test for the game is due in the quarter 3 2011 -- meaning some time between July and September.
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.
Company-wide internal testing of Diablo 3 started at Blizzard last week.

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Thundercracker
Posted 08:46am 10/5/11
What do I have to sell to get into this beta.

I would sell my soul but I traded that in a while ago for my WoW account.
Raven
Posted 08:52am 10/5/11
It's funny to think when Ausgamers gave me a WoW beta account I was in university leading in to first semester exams.
Now we're 8 years on and I'm working at a university when the Diablo 3 beta is about to come out ;P

Gotta be honest, I barely think I've even seen any screens of D3.
Frankly I've been too busy playing 3DS games (and portal) and eagerly awaiting Zelda: OOT for 3DS to even pay attention to any other upcoming releases.
Totenkopf
Posted 09:43am 10/5/11
wow if that is true it would the best news.
DeadlyDav0
Posted 09:43am 10/5/11
hell yeah. count me in.
Eorl
Posted 10:54am 10/5/11
Going to sell my soul for a spot.
Door
Posted 11:01am 10/5/11
Gotta be honest, I barely think I've even seen any screens of D3. Frankly I've been too busy playing 3DS games (and portal) and eagerly awaiting Zelda: OOT for 3DS to even pay attention to any other upcoming releases.


Cool story bro!
sparrow
Posted 11:37am 10/5/11
This may even be worth getting real Internet for!
XaartaX
Posted 01:06pm 10/5/11
Probably get a beta invite if you attend Blizzcon or pay for the online streaming of it this year.
paveway
Posted 01:16pm 10/5/11
sign me up
Tim Tibbetts
Posted 01:21pm 10/5/11
This is awesome. OMFG I want in please!
DM
Posted 02:27pm 10/5/11
As much as i'd love to be in the beta for this, I don't want to spoil the game for when it's really out so i'm not gonna sign up for a chance. I wanna see what's in the CE when it comes out.
Obes
Posted 04:02pm 10/5/11
They want to disrupt TOR as much as possible.

I think TOR is doing a pretty good job of disrupting itself. I blame EA.
Outlaw
Posted 05:59pm 10/5/11
Guna be biggest noob beta ever.
kr0wb4r
Posted 06:36pm 10/5/11
F***** keeeeeeeeeen. Hook us up with that!
Enska
Posted 06:40pm 10/5/11
Gonna*
better yet, Going to*
Crakaveli
Posted 07:10pm 10/5/11
there goes the rest of my life.
Ozzy
Posted 11:57pm 10/5/11
Question is to play BETA or not to Play BETA... I like waiting for the full game.
Enska
Posted 12:21am 11/5/11
I'll be interested in how much of a hit WoW takes when it comes around, I know they are completely different but I still see some impact happening.
I know 3/4 of my guild and a s***load of people from others who wont renew their account while they are playing D3. (me included)
Khel
Posted 02:27am 11/5/11
I reckon the beta wont include the campaign anyway, I reckon it will just be stuff like the multiplayer arenas. I mean, the Starcraft 2 beta didn't include the campaign.
Creepy
Posted 04:54am 11/5/11
Except that the Dev team behind D3 aren't placing too much weight behind the PvP experience - by their own admission, it won't be super balanced, nor is it intended to be a league gamer, laddered arena game. It's just a bit of mindless splattering fun. A bit like an FPS deathmatch.

Multiplayer dungeon running (PvM) with their new fangled randomised dungeon map thingy is a top priority, though. That's likely to be what they will focus on, in this closed public beta.
Hogfather
Posted 06:34am 11/5/11
I reckon the beta wont include the campaign anyway, I reckon it will just be stuff like the multiplayer arenas. I mean, the Starcraft 2 beta didn't include the campaign.

The StarCraft 2 multiplayer beta was almost the total MP experience that was launched, sans a few maps.

If the D3 multiplayer contains the core story (like the D1 and D2 MP) then imo that's what we'll get.
Khel
Posted 06:40am 11/5/11
Its not like the beta is their ONLY form of testing though, I mean lets be honest here, a public beta for diablo 3 is essentially just marketting for the game. Its not like it needs insane amounts of data and balancing like SC2 did and its not like its something that requires massive amounts of people to be online and playing around with it like WoW does. Maybe they'll be wanting to load test the D3 version of Battlenet and various battlenet stuff, but I reckon the majority of the testing for the game can be, and will be done internally.

Multiplayer arenas will let them load test battlenet, let them test their network code under different conditions and in different regions, and let people play with all the classes, all the skills, the runes, all that stuff and give feedback on them. Makes the most sense to me.
Khel
Posted 06:44am 11/5/11
I have no edit button my post, so I guess I'll double post.

If the D3 multiplayer contains the core story (like the D1 and D2 MP) then imo that's what we'll get.


Thats my point though, D3 has multiplayer modes that do NOT contain the story, so thats what I'd imagine they will be offering. Very few public betas ever offer the campaign part of the game in beta, its just wishful thinking to expect that here imo.
Hogfather
Posted 06:47am 11/5/11
The open beta of Diablo 2 was the first Act. The WoW beta included the real content. The SC2 beta included the real content.

Releasing multiplayer arenas doesn't let them test the core game. How will people level their character and get gear to test the arena? I don't think they'd bother to put in a gear / stats trainer but I guess I could be wrong.

And yeh, sure its marketing, but a Blizzard public beta is also a huge stress test. Arenas are not going to flog the servers in quite they way they will need floggin to gauge how it all works with eleventy bazillion screaming fans. Its also not really going to provide much of an insight to tthe game, as the arenas are just a side order.

I'm happy to throw down a twenty that I'm right Khel, and that the beta includes some of the MP story / campaign :)
Khel
Posted 06:55am 11/5/11
They don't need to test the core game in this public beta though, I'm sure they have a very capable, very large QA department doing that. And how does a million people playing arena battles stress the server less than a million people playing campaign mode? It'll be arena battles, or entirely disconnected random dungeon running like Creepy said, it wont be campaign, in my opinion anyway, I don't pretend to know the minds of Blizzard but I know if D3 was my game I wouldn't want to be throwing the campaign out there for everyone to play and spoiling it before the game came out.

How will people level their character and get gear to test the arena?


Could just be like playing on the PTR with wow, where you can use pre-created levelled up characters. Then you just spend your points on whatever skills you want and runes and stuff. I dunno, this is just pure conjecture on my behalf, but it doesn't seem like a bit problem to overcome, and its not like levelling up is a mechanic that really need extensive testing.

I'm happy to throw down a twenty that I'm right Khel, and that the beta includes some of the MP story / campaign :)


Sure, I'll take that bet. I'll be happy to be proven wrong, but I don't think I will be :P No campaign in public beta, thats the stance I'm taking.
Hogfather
Posted 07:43am 11/5/11
OK you're on!

Just to clarify though ... I agree that there will be no single-player campaign, which may be slightly different to the MP campaign (it was in the other games).

IMO the public beta will include normal MP content and not just arenas. I'm not sure how that will line up with what we call 'campaign' content, but you'll party up and go kill mobs PVE-style, gain xp and loot s***, not just generate a character and bash people in arenas.
koopz
Posted 08:46am 11/5/11
I'm happy to quit my job and just play this for a few years.

someone give me next weeks lotto numbers
Stalfax
Posted 09:34pm 11/5/11
I wonder what they will do to stop their own product from actually succeeding at becoming the WoW killer? :P

Also, I am excite.
Dazhel
Posted 10:49pm 11/5/11
someone give me next weeks lotto numbers


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45

(They're hiding in there somewhere)
Jimbo
Posted 09:26am 12/5/11

I wonder what they will do to stop their own product from actually succeeding at becoming the WoW killer? :P


they said that they hope this will start to canabalize wow as they see it as unavoidable and they would like for their own game to replace it
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