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Diablo 3 Beta Details Arriving Soon?

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Blizzard is holding a special Diablo 3 press event at the end of July, supposedly focused on the upcoming public beta.

There's talk that details surrounding the reported Diablo 3 "external beta" will be revealed to the public on August 1st. The news arrives after Blizzard quietly distributed an invitation to a special Diablo 3 press event at their campus in Irvine, California just days prior on July 27.

Although details weren't provided, G4 believes that the Diablo 3 press briefing will cover unannounced features, additional details in regards to the game's world, possibly a full disclosure on a bonus class called the Banker, and of course the Diablo 3 beta. The August 1 date attached to the Diablo 3 beta stems from the press event's required embargo which is coincidentally August 1.. and also falls within Q3 2011, the same timeframe the beta is expected to launch.

But MTV's Multiplayer claims that the Diablo 3 press event will actually be dedicated to the upcoming beta. "Since the event is dedicated solely to the "Diablo 3" beta, we expect to learn some of the more pertinent details about its release, including the release date, contents and how folks will be able to register to participate," the site reports.

MTV Multiplayer also points out that launching the beta next month before the press event wouldn't make sense, as gamers would get the scoop before the invited members of the press got their exclusive teste. Thus, Diablo 3 fans will likely not see the beta until August 1 or sometime shortly thereafter.

The Diablo 3 beta was first revealed during Activision's first quarter investor call last month. Blizzard president and a co-founder Mike Morhaime even admitted that the Diablo 3 team was conducting a company-wide test of the product and planned to unleash an external beta to the gaming public in Q3 2011.

"The game is looking great and we are currently targeting a Q3 launch for external beta testing," he said. "The development team is working hard to try to launch 'Diablo 3' this year, but I want to be clear. We do not have an official release date or window yet."

Given that BlizzCon 2011 doesn't take place until the end of October, launching the beta during the show wouldn't give Blizzard ample time to test the game publicly if it plans to go gold before the end of the year. But as Morhaime said, the game will be done when it's done. That said, all the rumors and speculations surrounding the Diablo 3 beta will remain just that until details are officially revealed on August 1.

In the meantime, go play Dungeon Siege 3 which is available now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the franchise's home territory, Windows PC.

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    pastydavid , June 24, 2011 4:44 PM
    So, in otherwords, I'm still waiting for D3! I'm looking forward to the Beta, whenever that might be.
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    eklipz330 , June 24, 2011 5:05 PM
    i don't want to sound like an ass, but so many great games have been coming out recently, i have lost interest in anything blizzard has to offer. d3 is no exception, especially when there's triple a titles around the corner
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    amdwilliam1985 , June 24, 2011 5:17 PM
    I'm still very interest in D3, hopefully it will be release by the end of this year with no subscription base.
    All my friends have indicated their interest of the game too, it will be a great title to social with my friends.
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    lolyumadbro , June 24, 2011 5:18 PM
    eklipz330i don't want to sound like an ass, but so many great games have been coming out recently, i have lost interest in anything blizzard has to offer. d3 is no exception, especially when there's triple a titles around the corner


    Not to mention the crappy 2007 graphics! I'm crossing my fingers that the images/video they've displayed in the past were just made overnight to show gameplay.
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    Netherscourge , June 24, 2011 5:40 PM
    Dungeon Siege 3 has gotten mediocre to lousy reviews.

    http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/dungeon-siege-iii

    Just save your dimes for Diablo 3!
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    jacobdrj , June 24, 2011 5:40 PM
    Just be happy they are even coming out with a sequel... I have been waiting for Tie Fighter 2 for longer than I was waiting for DNF...
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    leon2006 , June 24, 2011 5:41 PM
    I'm very much interested w/ D3... I played both D1 and D2...Its time for D3
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    LORD_ORION , June 24, 2011 5:42 PM
    ""In the meantime, go play Dungeon Siege 3 which is available now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the franchise's home territory, Windows PC."

    What!?!?!?! God no! This game is nothing like Dungeon Siege 1 or II, or Diablo for that matter. You need a gamepad to play it properly. It's more like Gauntlet Dark Legacy with deeper RPG elements.
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    sceen311 , June 24, 2011 6:04 PM
    "In the meantime, go play Dungeon Siege 3 which is available now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the franchise's home territory, Windows PC."

    What the hell does that have to do with diablo 3? It's not even the same type of game?

    There really is enough advertising on your website you don't need to slip more, as actual text, into the news articles those stupid mouse over blue texts are bad enough.
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    thrasher32 , June 24, 2011 6:24 PM
    Whoooo Diablo 3, I'm stoked!
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    dalethepcman , June 24, 2011 6:56 PM
    Quote:
    just days prior on July 27.

    Wow did I loose a month somewhere?

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    In the meantime, go play Dungeon Siege 3

    I think not, I will stick to playing "The Witcher 2"
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    SuckRaven , June 24, 2011 7:03 PM
    Quote:
    Not to mention the crappy 2007 graphics! I'm crossing my fingers that the images/video they've displayed in the past were just made overnight to show gameplay.


    I hear you on that. I don't remember when we saw the 1st gameplay footage and graphics of the game, but I certainly hope that once they have all of the gameplay elements smoothed out, they might go back and update their graphics a bit. I fear though that the game will be released using the graphics engine that Diablo III was originally designed on.

    Maybe you guys remember, that of the things that upset many of the fans of the Diablo/Diablo II games was that the new artwork in the upcoming Diablo III just looked too cartoony and cheery. (the fact that they've gone WoW on it with idiotic block-like polygonal graphics doesn't help its situation much)

    People went so far as to start a petition for a "Renewed artistic direction for Diablo 3" which I just checked has 63,937 signatures.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?d3art

    I have to say that this is indeed one of the things that worries me the most too, is that they'll go nuts with auras an lighting/particle effects, and that it will somehow be so distracting as to detract from the core "feel" of gameplay.

    I'm not going to hold my breath that Activision/Blizzard will actually listen to these petitions, but I do remember the first time my buddy and I played the original Diablo. There was a very particular feeling about it, and at times it was even creepy, especially combined with MAtt Ulemen's awesome original music.

    I'll buy the game no matter what, but I fear that I'll end up disappointed in the style of the "art" of the graphics.

    Blizzard is good though about making sure that their games run on computers of a wide range of graphics capabilities.

    Whatever....... Go Diablo III !!!
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    maxiim , June 24, 2011 7:12 PM
    By the time this game releases it will be way too old, and boring. Most of these games that take years to release are always so far behind.
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    christop , June 24, 2011 8:06 PM
    Cool bring on the beta!!!
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    Anonymous , June 24, 2011 9:08 PM
    World of Diablo!!!
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    sceen311 , June 24, 2011 10:11 PM
    Dungeon Siege 3 Dev Promises to Fix PC Controls:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Dungeon-Siege-3-PC-Gaming-keyboard-controls-Nathaniel-Chapman-action-rpg,12994.html
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    alidan , June 24, 2011 11:27 PM
    sceen311Dungeon Siege 3 Dev Promises to Fix PC Controls:http://www.tomshardware.com/news/D [...] 12994.html


    do they also promise to fix the @$%&ed multiplayer? i see no promise of that
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    impulse89 , June 25, 2011 2:16 AM
    I'm not really sure how to feel about Diablo 3 now...
    I started the diablo series when I was about 4 and now that I'm 23... I guess I'm hoping it will blow me away, but from the trailers I can't help but ask for more than just a hack and slash rpg. With games like Sacred, I really wanted to love, but I just couldn't
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    PCGOD , June 25, 2011 3:20 AM
    lolyumadbroNot to mention the crappy 2007 graphics! I'm crossing my fingers that the images/video they've displayed in the past were just made overnight to show gameplay.


    u mad bro?
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    Travis Beane , June 25, 2011 4:18 AM
    Hope they let me in the beta (can wish, can't I?). I may be giving up gaming soon, but I would never forgive myself for missing out on D3. The first was fun, and the second took many well spent hours of my life away.
    My favorite time was me and two friends. Didn't even know their real names, but we hacked and slashed Diablo and the Cow King endlessly for their loot. Three Hammerdins, each running a different aura. Nothing could withstand our wall of hammers.

    I'm perfectly fine with the graphics of D2, under the condition it is just as fun as D2.
    640x480 (800x640 with LOD) capped resolution is unbearable on a 23" 2048x1152 monitor though. My Motorola ATRIX phone runs 960x540, and can output 1920x1080 via HDMI out in webtop mode (which is awesome).
    Please, unlocked and custom resolutions Blizzard.
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