As you may have heard, Sixen, ScyberDragon (myself), Magistrate, and Force have all received invites into the beta once it goes live. We will all be doing our best to get everyone else complete coverage of the game. Our plan is to have at least one recap of all aspects of the beta, five days a week as well as in-depth analysis articles of various game mechanics. With the help of Force, we will also have daily video covering all aspects of the game; from play-throughs of each class to system focused videos. We are also planning on having live streams including a complete play through the beta with all four players. With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to share just exactly what kind of coverage to expect.
First, let me begin by saying we still do not know when the actual beta will start. It could be anytime from today until the 30th of September. With that in mind, we are ready at any moment to begin full coverage to share with you guys. With that said, we also know that the beta will only cover a portion of the game. Approximately, it will cover the first 1/3 - 1/2 of Act I. According to Sixen and Force who already got to play the beta, the beta takes about 2-4 hours to clear. While we will cover everything that the game has to offer at the beginning, we will not be able to cover everything in the game.
We will have full coverage of all five classes in Diablo III. No matter which one is your favorite, no class will be left behind. The plan for now is that each day of the week, we will be covering one class. For example, the Barbarian will be covered on Sundays, the Demon Hunter will be covered on Mondays, so on and so on. This will help us focus on one class at a time and give them the attention they deserve. You can expect full coverage from the feel and play style of the class, the use of their resource, their skills (see below), dialogue and story, and any other aspect that makes playing each class feel unique.
Skills and Passives
We will have complete skill coverage from all five classes. Eventually, we will explore each skill, its use, mechanics, and stats. We will also be trying out a wide range of different skill builds from the obvious (summon Witch Doctor, to the more obscure battle mage Wizard). Thanks to Diablo III's open skill system, we can try out almost any combination imaginable. However, the beta will not allow us to obtain every skill. With the limited range of the beta, it is most likely that we will only be able to unlock the first four tiers and have only four skill slots available. This means that we will all have to wait to try out skills like Blizzard and Fetish army. However, this still leaves us with approximately nine skills per class to dive into. Skillrunes will also not be available in the beta since they do not drop until Act II so, unfortunately, we will have to wait until release to see what these stones actually offer to the gameplay. Passive abilities do not become available until level 10. However, with some grinding, we should be able to at least get a few to test out.
We will also share many of the items we find while venturing through the beta. From the mundane trash to the possibility of a low-level legendary, all items of interest will be shared. We will be posting images of armor and weapons so you can see for yourself what they look like. We will also share the wide-range of attributes we find on different pieces of gear and what they do. You can also expect a description of character progress through gear and how influential it is even at these early stages. As mentioned, we are confined to this small section of the game. This also means that the items we will find are limited to this as well. We will all just have to wait to share the epic loot we find in Inferno. We will also have coverage of the Nephalem Cube, Stone of Recall, and Cauldron of Jordan including their use and viability of using them.
What would Diablo be without its hordes of demons to slay. We will be sharing through pictures and videos the various monsters that lay wake in your hero's path. From type, name, attacks, and stats, we will get you everything you need to know about the denizens of Hell. We will also share any encounters with any champion and unique monsters and what special affixes the brought with them. You can expect detailed combat logs of encounters highlighting Diablo III's improved encounter system. We will also be taking a hard look at the first boss fight we will get at the finish of the beta with King Leoric. Expect to hear about our battles against him as well as descriptions of how they have improved boss fights from Diablo II.
Quests and Lore
We will go in-depth with the lore and the quest system of Diablo III. While the lore will not be plentiful in this small section of the game, their will definitely still be something to talk about. As we help Leah and make our way through the Tristram Cathedral to the Skeleton King, we will share all the story has to offer. NPC dialogue and other flavor text will be shared to help flesh out the lore behind Diablo III. We will also be covering any quests that occur within the beta. How the system works, the rewards, and how the random quests change the gameplay experience. In any write-ups involving quests and lore, we will be adding the spoiler image seen above for those of you who wish to keep this part a secret until you can experience it yourself.
Any information about Battle.net will also be explored. From simple avatars and profiles to the match-making system to party up. Options for creating games will be covered so players know what to expect compared to the old Battle.net. This new 2.0 Battle.net will host a bunch of other options to help players communicate and play together and we will tell you exactly how they are doing that. Followers
The beta will grant us access to the Follower system with the introduction of the Templar. We will explore the use of the Follower, his skills, and his added dialogue. We will find out just how important these characters are to single-player and how they effect the overall game.
The Blacksmith will be the only Artisan we run into during the beta. However, we will make sure that we are giving as much coverage to this smith for players to understand how the entire system works. With the use of the Nephalem Cube, we will test out the crafting system. We will also try out socketing items and see how gems will affect our gear. Repairing gear from durability loss and buying gear from the Blacksmith will round-out our Artisan coverage.
The Auction House will not be in beta at launch. However, it will be patched in later and you can bet we will have coverage over its use the day it does. We will explore just how this new system revolutionizes how players will be trading with each other. From selling to buying, we will try our hands at the market and see how well the system works.
As of right now, there will be no PvP in the beta. Due to the fact that Blizzard is not trying to balance PvP to a razor's edge, they do not need us testing the system endlessly to ensure it does. Everyone will just get to experience together so nobody has an edge over one another.
If there is any other aspect of the game you would like covered or would like to hear about the beta, please let us know. I am sure we are all eagerly awaiting for this day but with every passing day, it will be here that much Soon™-er.
With the release of the new Diablo III Community Site and things such as the Diableards Challenge, it seems as if Blizzard has been trying to gather the Diablo community together and let us bond some as we all anxiously await the upcoming Beta. That in mind, we want to know why you feel like the Diablo franchise is so great...
must... get... more... loot. So bright... so beautiful... ah, Precious.
the slaughter of the hordes of monsters satisfies my bloodlust.
the mood/story/overall setting is spot-on.
it is so addictive that it's worth the carpal tunnel syndrome. *click-click-click*
I love the PvP.
I like playing it with my friends. "Beam me up, Scotty!"
In our previous poll, we wanted to know your thoughts and opinions on the Diablo End-game, and it seems as if everything was just about even... Blizzard better have a large variety for us fans once we hit that point in the game, ;).
Due to us losing our first recording of the podcast, we decided to just go ahead and rerecord this episode live! If you missed the twenty-second episode, you can check it out here. Otherwise, the twenty-third episode covered the following topics:
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.
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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.