Blizzard Begins Closed Beta Testing for Diablo 3

Tuesday Blizzard announced that the closed beta test for Diablo 3 had officially begun, and that the first wave of invitations were on the way. But don't fret if an invite doesn't appear within the next day or so: additional participants will be added over the course of the beta test. Unfortunately, Blizzard hasn't released an official beta test schedule, so there's no telling when the second wave of invitations will begin.

"This closed beta test is an important milestone for us as we enter the final stages of development on Diablo 3," said Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime. "Our goal is to create the best action role-playing game experience to date, building on everything we've learned since the release of Diablo 2 and incorporating the powerful features of the new platform. We hope players enjoy participating in the beta test and we look forward to hearing their feedback."

According to the studio, beta participants will be able to fight their way through part of Act I as any of the five hero classes -- barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, and demon hunter -- and go head-to-skull against the Skeleton King, taking him on alone or playing cooperatively with other adventurers. They'll also get to meet up with some of the artisans, followers, and other key characters from Sanctuary, and try out the game's skill and crafting systems.

Feeling jealous? Of course you are.

If anything, the beta means that we're getting closer to an actual Diablo 3 launch. Blizzard said that the beta will be English-only, and that release timing and region-specific details such as pricing and supported languages will be announced at a later date. For more information on Diablo III, please visit the official website here. Additionally, here is Blizzard's overview of the game which came with the beta announcement:

Diablo 3 will continue the epic Diablo storyline, with players playing their role in the ongoing struggle to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells. Diablo 3 will also be the definitive action role-playing game, with players adventuring through rich and varied settings, engaging in combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses, growing in experience and ability, and acquiring items of incredible power. As the sequel to Diablo 2, the game will feature the easy-to-use interface, fast-paced action, and visceral gameplay that Diablo players have come to expect and enjoy. Designed from the ground up to leverage the power of, Diablo 3 will also provide gamers with industry-leading matchmaking and communication tools; convenient character- and inventory-management options; and the Diablo 3 auction house, which will support a robust player-driven economy.

  • XD_dued
    I remember when I got the SC2 beta for the last two that point I didn't even bother though haha.
  • Shape
    Can't wait!
  • freetheweed
    i already got a copy dnf is much better
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Feeling jealous? Of course you are.

    Speak for yourself :P
  • allensays
    Played Diablo 1 on a 200mhz Pentium Pro when it was released back then. Won't be playing this one due to the WOW style and company BS. C'ya!
  • mortsmi7
    Epic? I'll have to see it to believe it. Lately, the RPG's have been falling well short of epic.

    If Diablo 3 doesn't do it for me, at least Neverwinter will be out later this year as well.
  • Travis Beane
    Blizzard, you have taken my money, my time, and my life since ~1998.
    Gimme beta please. :)
  • cats_Paw
    I applied for beta, but im not really holding my breath on it...
    From streams i saw, it looks like ... "Torchlight" moreless.
  • junixophobia
    Warning already to those who does not have stable fast internet, don't buy unless you have good internet :-(
  • reggieray
    FU Blizzard, I still haven't bought and will not buy your first of three installments for SC2 that is still at full price in the stores. (Maybe one year when you have SC2 Battlechest edition. Your crap is good but not that good, played the demo. Your DRM scheme for Diablo III causes me to say never.