I think an open weekend as release approaches is a good idea. Those servers are gong to get hammered when the game goes live. It would give them a good test case to work off of to see if they can handle the load. I like what they did with SC2 also, when you pre-ordered you got early access tot he multiplayer part fo the game.
Yep, test weekend, when nobody would be able to play just because nobody would be able to log in in time to actually play before the weekend ends from exploding servers.
Would be interesting to see it though, just to see if I'll ever actually get in.
An open beta would rock but there have been plenty of blue posts saying its not going to happen. And as flexable as Blizzard are to the community I just know they wont open it up, as stated in other posts everyone hammering the servers would chump it up in no time flat. Everyone is keen to get into beta and have a chop but all we can do is just keep up our contest efforts and just hope for the best while we wait for release date.
Expect the worst and hope for the best and release date should be here eventually.
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I dont think that the servers are full thing will be an issue, considering its not an mmorpg like wow, and the max number of players that will be in 1 game will be four. though i would not be opposed to an open beta, but id rather things just wrap up so all of us can enjoy what he have been waiting so long for.
Open Beta Weekend doesn't sound to bad actually. You can just hear the screams of the developers if the idea is even proposed just because of the fact that it would take alot of preperation and complete wipes by the end of the weekend which isn't an efficient way of testing a huge MMO like Diablo 3.
Sounds like a lovely idea, i would be all for it, since would like to play beta just as anyone else, but don't really see it happening. I mean they probably would have said it by now that there will be open beta before release, unless release is not even close which would be much worse scenario
i keep telling people that they need to do this. there is no better way to test how much your server can handle than throwing a beta into open that everyone wants to get into. if the server crashes, they know they need to fix it. if it doesnt then they know they are good.