The Diablo III Beta Is A Go, Says Blizzard

Hurry! To the account! Blizzard Entertainment has just dropped word that the long-awaited closed beta for Diablo III has begun and that the developer has "started issuing the first wave of invitations to participate in the testing process".

And if you aren't in today, don't lose hope. Blizzard also says it's "planning to add more participants over the course of the beta test".

The closed beta lets players explore part of Act I from Diablo III, experimenting with the game's five classes — barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk and demon hunter — and the game's skill and crafting systems. The beta client is available for Mac and Windows PCs and should be available for download right now if you were selected.

"This closed beta test is an important milestone for us as we enter the final stages of development on Diablo III," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "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 II 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."

So... did you get in?


    Welcome to every other day for the last fortnight. Please stop posting these like its something new.

      It is new news, you dumbarse -

      Mmmmm and another link -


      The official opening of the beta! w00t!

      News to me, and from everyone I've spoken to today, it's also news to them.

        Agreed - indicates that it was only announced 6.5 hours ago. I think somebody just woke up on the cranky side of the bed. Or is a time traveller!

          +1 ....

          Indeed, I believe there was a closed beta for friends and family but this is the start of the public one.

            no seriously, i have been playing this beta for about 2 weeks now. this is very old news

              No seriously, you haven't.

              I beat the game three years ago and have been on the beta for Diablo IV for a month now - old news snooze

                yeah to reiterate for those who HAVENT been slavishly scouring the internet for signs of beta, that this is the first news of the CLOSED beta not the F&F beta, which means it is new

    Sigh.....Been singed up for everything from the closed wow beta and i've never been "chosen" for a single one.

    Ill even go around fan sites looking for key give away competitions, but still no luck.

    Blizzard hates me....

      They don't hate you.

      They don't even know OF you.

        I guess random chance hates me ?

        or he had beta access for SC2 or one of the WoW beta's and never provided a single iota of feedback and as a result he has a black mark against his name.

        Best bet for any beta is to always fill out a dozen or so bug report's. no matter how minor. Since at least then they think your testing and not demoing which is the whole reason to have a closed beta.

    I seriously hate blizzard right now. I miss out on all the beta's.

    I'm cancelling my WoW account. fucking waaaaaaaaaaah!

      Cheer up. The game will be out soon, and then we can play... Unless diablo 3 ends up like swtor, and they decide to, 'enhance the experience for everyone' by not letting us play the game at all. GJ guys.

        Blizz wouldn't do that.

        And besides, I have a pre-order for SWTOR, and I'm currently in the beta. And I live/signed up in Melbourne. Just have to use your noggin.

    Wonder if they'll have a demo, presumably so, but otherwise getting into the beta would be the only reason I'd consider purchasing. All the gameplay vids look incredibly boring.

      You're clearly an idiot and have no idea what you're talking about!

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