Friday, April 20th 2012

Diablo 3 Open Beta Weekend Starts Today

Today Shacknews is reporting that Diablo III will be open to the public for beta testing. The open beta weekend begins this afternoon at 12:01pm Pacific, then will run until 10:00am on Monday, Blizzard explains in a Diablo blog post. All you need to play is a Battle.net account. You can download the client in advance, so you don't miss a second. The beta is relatively small, packing the first part of Diablo III's first act, but you will be playing Diablo III. Unlike proper closed beta testers, open beta players won't receive 'Beta Bucks' to spend in the auction house and cannot post in the beta forums.

Diablo III launches for PC and Mac on May 15. The closed beta test will wrap up on May 1.

Source: Shacknews
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61 Comments on Diablo 3 Open Beta Weekend Starts Today

#1
xBruce88x
woot! DIII here I come haha. now i can see how well my comp can handle it.

EDIT: downloading now :)
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#2
hhumas
never tried it ..
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#3
Dj-ElectriC
Already stocked up for the weekend. im ready for some DIIINuclear war.
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#5
TheLostSwede
So a free chance to try it out for yourself is not going to give you the least bit of an idea whether or not you're going to spend money on the game, but a review will? :wtf:
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#6
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: TheLostSwede
So a free chance to try it out for yourself is not going to give you the least bit of an idea weather or not you're going to spend money on the game, but a review will? :wtf:
Ive also seen betas rip apart machines breaking all kinds of other programs.
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#7
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
I'm getting it now! Thanks bud!
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#8
Jizzler
NICE. Downloading now.
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#9
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: TheMailMan78
Meh Ill wait for the reviews.
Evidently you have no clue this beta has been through 16 patches and is open for 3 days so they can test their servers, not necessarily the fluidity of the game. Reviews won't come out until release on the 15th, so you should take this opportunity to play the game for yourself. Nobody can tell you what you like...
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#10
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: RCoon
Evidently you have no clue this beta has been through 16 patches and is open for 3 days so they can test their servers, not necessarily the fluidity of the game. Reviews won't come out until release on the 15th, so you should take this opportunity to play the game for yourself. Nobody can tell you what you like...
I don't care if its gone through 500 patches. Beta is beta. Ill wait for reviews and maybe a demo.
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#11
NinkobEi
Sweet open beta. This will probably determine if I buy the game or not.

Also, reviews are the worst way of determining whether a game is good or not.
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#12
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: NinkobEi
Sweet open beta. This will probably determine if I buy the game or not.

Also, reviews are the worst way of determining whether a game is good or not.
Not all reviews.
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#13
lyndonguitar
I play games
I will also wait for demo/reviews

by: NinkobEi
Also, reviews are the worst way of determining whether a game is good or not.
What I do is I watch/read reviews just to get the idea of how the game plays. I don't even care about what the reviewer's decision/opinion/rating is. I decide on my own.
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#14
NinkobEi
Do you really think the gameplay is going to change that much in the next 3 weeks from where its at now? It'll just add some polishing..etc. Game is already set basically.
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#15
digibucc
i do agree this game is pretty set. beta is beta sure - but blizzard is not all other companies. as much as i don't like the current art style and i think they simplified the skill system (while admittedly developing the combat system more) - the one thing i will say is they know what they want to do. also, no matter what anyone says - they listen to their brand fans less than most companies, even moreso since activision. they listen to $$$ only, no longer the innovative powerhouse they once were.

what i'm saying it - this is a preview, not a beta. the game will not change in any significant amount between this beta and release. they are testing servers, economy, etc - gameplay mechanics etc are set in stone.
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#16
lyndonguitar
I play games
just tried it, why is it 15 GB :mad:
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#17
Prima.Vera
took 15 mins here to download...a couple more hours since the start...
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#18
xBruce88x
done with the download... got about 3hrs to wait before i can play though

I don't think i'm gonna get much folding done this weekend haha
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#19
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: TheMailMan78
Ive also seen betas rip apart machines breaking all kinds of other programs.
What betas were those? I've been in a fair amount of betas and have never ever seen that. :wtf:
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Frick
What betas were those? I've been in a fair amount of betas and have never ever seen that. :wtf:
You have never worked with a true beta I assume. Ive done closed door testing for some pretty big games in the past. A few AAA titles. Most open betas are demos. Real betas will tear a rig up if you ain't careful.
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#21
Cold Storm
Battosai
I just cant wait to get home and play it... see if I really want to buy
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#22
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: TheMailMan78
You have never worked with a true beta I assume. Ive done closed door testing for some pretty big games in the past. A few AAA titles. Most open betas are demos. Real betas will tear a rig up if you ain't careful.
Ahh those kind of betas. Yeah they I can imagine are very unstable but this is more like a demo than anything else. So why don't you try it? Didn't you play the BF3 beta btw?
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#23
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
just finished downloading.. I'm ready... Looks at clock...
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#24
Static~Charge
by: TheMailMan78
Most open betas are demos. Real betas will tear a rig up if you ain't careful.
In other words: make a disk image of your system before installing the beta, and back up your data files periodically. If the beta does mangle your setup, you can restore it back to the way it was.
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#25
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
The opening music sounds good! :toast:

[spoiler=Start Screen]
[/spoiler]

EDIT:That screen is animated! The still doesn't do it justice.. hehehe
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