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Blizzard Closing Down Diablo 3 Beta Servers on May 1

Blizzard said on Tuesday that servers for the Diablo 3 beta will be shut down on May 1. Those who participated in the beta testing will see their beta accounts and character information reset. That said, the full-blown PC game is still on schedule to launch on Windows PC and Mac on Tuesday, May 15.

"Leading up to Diablo's May 15 launch date, players will only be able to create comments and forum posts on the official Diablo III community site if they have pre-purchased Diablo III or have a StarCraft II or an active World of Warcraft game license attached to their Battle.net account," the company said on a blog.

"We'd like to thank everyone who has participated in the Diablo III beta," the company added. "You've done an admirable job of testing, and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback you provided during this critical phase of development."

We covered the beta back in October before the Diablo 3 team made changes to the core systems, reporting our experience playing each class and hacking through the first Act in both single-player and multiplayer scenarios. The Demon Hunter is probably one of the coolest classes in the batch although the Monk isn't your typical robed healer, packing quite a holy punch.

For more hands-on information, here's all five parts of our beta coverage:

Diablo 3 Closed Beta Part 1Diablo 3 Closed Beta Part 2Diablo 3 Closed Beta Part 3Diablo 3 Closed Beta Part 4Diablo 3 Closed Beta Part 5

  • buckcm
    Silly Torchlight clones...
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  • thrillhaus
    buckcmSilly Torchlight clones...Not sure if you're trying to be ironic or not... but the devs who made Torchlight previously worked on the Diablo franchise.
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  • dalethepcman
    and uhh torchlight came out like 10 years after diablo....
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  • buckcm
    thrillhausNot sure if you're trying to be ironic or not... but the devs who made Torchlight previously worked on the Diablo franchise.
    As long as Counterstrike is a clone of Combat Arms.
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  • confish21
    buckcmAs long as Counterstrike is a clone of Combat Arms.
    Lool!
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  • maxinexus
    Got my D3 pre-ordered hope to get it before 05-15...and then wait for servers to open whooo hooo that is going to be a sick day at work for me lol
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  • Darkerson
    Ive had a good time in the beta. Other then the AH issue, Im looking forward to the game.
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  • southernshark
    It seems kind of boring to me, like 1999 all over again.
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  • thebigt42
    southernsharkIt seems kind of boring to me, like 1999 all over again.I have been playing the beta...and for the life of me I cant see what the HELL is taking so damn long...It looks like the same game with updated graphics (good graphics)
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  • halls
    The beta really convinced me that this game is going to be a blast, it is polished to near-perfection. The only, and I do mean only gripe I had with it is the difficulty. The section available to you in the beta is only playable on the lowest (or at least one of the lowest) difficulty settings that will be available, and I don't think I saw anyone die online or off among my friends even once. The game is fun as it is, but it will be much more fun when we actually have to think about how to approach each type of enemy.
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