As I am sure that all of you are waiting for that wonderful day when you open up DiabloFans and read "Beta has started", any news of this date is something we would all love to know. Unfortunately, that date is still unknown. However, Bashiok has given just one more insight to when this day may come. A user of on Battle.net asked about the areas that each Act will cover and what more can we look forward to seeing.
Official Blizzard Quote:
You've actually seen some of the first three Acts already, and we probably won't be revealing too much more than what we've already shown. We really want to try to keep as much a surprise for you when you play through the game the first time as possible. We will be announcing all of the game systems though before beta, so there are a few things left as far as reveals go. While beta will obviously be a lot of fun, should you get the chance to get in and help test, it'll only be a small part of the whole game. Some people want to know everything, but we're really trying to preserve the surprise and wonderment (that we hope will come with exploring Diablo III) as much as possible.
This quote actually gives us a lot of information. First, we already know that Act 1 will be in New Tristram and Tristram Cathedral. Numerous videos and pictures have highlighted this area. Act 2 will include a desert type environment with areas like Caldeum and Alcarnus. The only part we know of Act 3 is Bastion's Keep as it is the only area not tied to the first two Acts. So, even with beta's release, we will not being seeing anything more of the areas, especially where Act 4 will take us.
Moving onto the next subject at hand, Bashiok mentioned that all of the game systems will be announced before beta starts. The only system we know we are waiting to hear about is the trading system that we will use in Diablo III. There is also no information out yet about how Diablo III will use Battle.net 2.0 and what features that will bring. Any other systems they have in store for us remain a mystery at this point. The real question is though, how and when will they be sharing these last bits of info before we get into beta? With an unknown amount of information to share, this unfortunately gives us no real time frame on beta's release.
The last part from the quote gives us a little bit of information on what will be included in beta. According to Bashiok, it definitely will not be the entire game, although most of us already suspected that. It seems as though the beta will be limited to some previously seen dungeons and areas from videos and screen shots that they have already released. Perhaps a run through of Act 1 and part of Act 2 with major spoilers being edited out. This could be possible since the three artisans are supposed to be gained through about this same amount of gameplay. However, it won't be until we all have our hands on this game that we find out just how this epic trilogy ends (until the first expansion pack comes out).
With no real information on when the beta starts yet, stay tuned as we will share any and all information that comes out regarding beta. As of right now, the only event we know something will be talked about in regards to beta will be the May 9th conference call where Mike Morhaime promised to talk about it.
UPDATE: I asked Bashiok if they had plans on how and when they are going to announce these remaining systems.
Official Blizzard Quote:
@ScyberDragon Yes. Very specifically.
It appears as though Blizzard knows exactly what they will be doing up until beta and more importantly, when they plan on starting beta.
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Exciting. I wonder if one of the systems we can expect to hear more about before the beta is the resource system?
Kojain, epic avatar and quote!
Edit: On a more serious note, it really surprises me we aren't going to get the full game or most of the game for beta. I can understand removing cutscenes and perhapse some dialogue story-wise, but they definitely want to be testing all the areas.
I wonder if, due to a decrease in activity from their other franchises, they'll try to up the hype for D3 some more and start announcing these systems more frequently than we've seen in the past. I don't think it's likely, but it's worth taking into consideration seeing that Cataclysm was released last December.
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I hate the way you cling to ignorance and pass it off as innocence
Maybe they will reward us with system reveals for the final 100,000 Facebook Likes. Sounds far fetched, but it would really be sweet. So what do you think is left for systems? Traits? Trading? Waypoints? Resources?
Great news, great news indeed guys!!!
All the talk of beta lately, surely there will be one following the conference.
And yes, DiabloFans are on a whole new level with Sixen, Sycber, Magistrate, PhrozenDragon and the rest of the guys who constantly poke @Diablo on twitter for new info :)) It's great! Keep it up guys
Have a good feeling about this summer, and im quoting Curse's article: Could we actually be playing Diablo III in our homes this summer, instead of having to trek all the way to Anaheim, CA to get a taste of what Deckard Cain, Tyrael and the Lord of Terror are up to?
Here on diablofans you get the news at first. Thanks for the passion and patience guys. I like reading new stuff from you!
I am really looking forward to the beginning of may. Hopefully they will announce the beta date. And I like the approach of Blizzard to hide all interesting stuff from us before releasing the game finally.
And if there is something about the facebook thing, we will know after ~175000 LIKES.
Cherubdown: They've always, in my eyes, been the best news site for D3, ever. Not just news-wise but also the people behind it, awsome people.
A feature i would love to see revealed is a suggestion coming from a person at blizzcon, regarding the "ear keychain", hows it going with that? Also the resource system ofcourse:) I think they will have some very interesting features to reveal. I almost forgot, they havent completely ruled town portals out, perhaps we'll see something like that announced?
I think despite the fact that we want access to the full game, its good that they still keep things hidden. Personally, i'm cool with it and i understand why we dont get access to it all in the beta. They've said that the story is a much bigger part of the game now and that they have certain endgame things in storage for us, which they want to keep hidden ofcourse. Even if they did cut them out etc, it would perhaps not be to hard figgure stuff out as far as the story goes. Perhaps even the game dsnt flow well if you did cut those things out. So i see it as blizzard is doing us all a favor despite my personal eagerness to be able to play it all. I might be wrong about these reasons and stuff but, thats what i believe.