UPDATE 3: Just so everyone is aware, Sixen and myself have also been invited into the beta when it starts. We will be giving you guys daily coverage of the beta.
I still want to warn everyone that these invites are still for press and fan sites only right now. If you get an e-mail saying you have been invited into the beta, do not give them any passwords and do not click on any links.
UPDATE2: Recently, some major press sites have received e-mails from Blizzard, These are just collecting information (their Battle.net accounts) so they can be added to the Beta when it goes live. So unless you run a major press site or fansite, you need not worry about this. And no, this does not mean the Beta is starting now, just that it's starting soon! SC2 Press/Fansite invitations went out ~3-4 weeks prior to the start of the SC2 Beta. So... We've got a few weeks!
~~Sixen UPDATE: Richard has clarified that the e-mail only accessed for his Battle.net account info so when beta starts, he can be included in it.
To clarify, no date for D3 beta yet. Per email: (from known Blizz source), "send us your Bnet account name and we'll flag for access.
While I can not deny nor confirm the legitimacy of this tweet, I promise you that DiabloFans is hard at work trying to get factual information on the subject.
Until then, I would like to take this time to give you guys some basic information and warnings about beta and invite e-mails.
1. IF beta invites are going out, this does not mean that beta has started. Blizzard often sets up their first wave before launching the beta. It is possible that IF beta is being handed out, it may still not start for a week or two.
2. If you believe you got an invite into beta ever, please do not click on any links within the e-mail and certainly do not give any info back in the e-mail. If you are selected into beta via e-mail, Blizzard will have already permitted your account to download the beta client through your Battle.net account. If you believe you were invited into the beta, you should close the e-mail and log into your Battle.net account. If the game is not there, then you have not actually been selected.
I would also like to take this time to let you guys know that DiabloFans Has a full schedule for beta coverage once the beta does go live. We will be posting daily updates covering all aspects of the beta (with spoilers tagged and included ;)). We will also be collaborating with force to include video footage daily of beta coverage. The wiki team will also be hard at work getting in as much information as possible.
If you are one of the lucky ones to get into beta, DiabloFans would like your help. How can you help? Glad I asked. First, we have a blog section on the forums. We would appreciate if anyone in beta would like to keep a blog of their current adventures in Sanctuary. I will then post a recap of said blogs on the front page. The wiki team could also use your help. Please feel free to help build the wiki with the data you collect. You can also post any information in the wiki forums if you are unfamiliar with how to work on the wiki.
We will keep you guys updated about any more beta news as soon as we can get something concrete. Until then:
**DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINK IN AN E-MAIL. IF YOU ARE INVITED INTO BETA, GO TO YOUR BATTLE.NET ACCOUNT ONLY.**
I woke up this morning with a glimmer of hope. It appears as if Beta may be starting Soon™. Supposedly, Richard Brown, Senior Editor at CNET has received an E-mail inviting him into the beta.
Quote from @richbcnet »
Diablo 3 beta invite just showed up. Any cardio routines out there that target your index finger?
It seems as if Blizzard has just opened up the D3 Beta Community Website (EU version) for business! This community site and forum will be used for any/all future information regarding Diablo3, as opposed to the outdated site we've currently been following. In order to post on these forums, you must have an active WoW subscription or a Starcraft II license on your Battle.net account. Once the Beta is released, having a Beta license will also grant you access to these forums. If you do not have an active WoW subscription, or SC2, and end up not getting into the D3 Beta, you can continue posting on the Legacy Forums. While this isn't a huge announcement, it's still something to be happy about, as it seems like we are getting closer and closer to the September Beta announcement.
Also keep in mind, the new community site is live for all regions, so just look at the bottom of the new community site to change your region, if you're from the EU, etc.
It appears that a few skill videos, one for each class, have been leaked onto YouTube. Each video is similar to the Runestone Effects videos, where the class shows off some skills, except in this case we aren't checking out Runestone effects, we're checking out some skills that are shown off by each class! It seems as if Blizzard has some kind of skill-related announcement coming out soon, perhaps? The lack of audio is because they were likely ripped without it, so better quality videos may be coming in the near future directly from Blizzard. Click the spoiler to reveal each class video and list of showcased skills.
With the recent information from GamesCom and the end-game Panel that Blizzard conducted, we are curious as to how you feel about it. What kind of D3 end-game would you like to see, if any? Keep in mind, currently Blizzard is only planning on having the Inferno difficulty act as "end-game" for the release of Diablo III. Post-release though, they have some cool stuff planned, so let's let them know what it is that we want to see! :).
Infinite Dungeon: Imagine a never-ending dungeon (with a timer to track your duration), where your progress is measured by how far you make it (based on checkpoints!) and how long it takes you.
Horde Mode/PvP: Something very similar to the Horde Mode in Gears of War, where you must survive wave upon wave of monsters with, while in the Arena!
Pandemonium Events: Unique, hard to achieve content, similar to Diablo Clone, and Uber Tristram from Diablo II.
Unicorn Level: I think this speaks for itself, ;).
Inferno is good enough: Don't want anything extra and you'd rather just farm for items...
Other: If you have a different or better idea, let us know in the comments below!
If you want to watch the panel, courtesy of a french fansite, Diablo-3.net, otherwise continue reading for this weeks' DiabloCast!
In our previous poll, we wanted to know what ComicCon swag you were looking forward to the most... And the Tyrael Hoodie won by a landslide!
This time around in the DiabloCast, PhrozenDragon joins us as we talk about the new information from GamesCom! If you missed the twenty-first episode, you can check it out here. Otherwise, the twenty-second episode covered the following topics:
I'll keep this short and sweet. It looks like we will not be seeing beta anytime in the month of August.
Official Blizzard Quote:
That's weird, they originally had the exact quote in their Inferno article and then pulled it out and only quoted "When it's ready." in that new mini-blip thing. I think his original quote on Kotaku was "by the end of September" but I didn't copy it down.
Anyway, to set expectations straight, beta in August is unlikely. But it shouldn't be too long after.
So, as of now, the best we can hope for is before September 30.