Diablo 3 Open Beta
We’re pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game’s release on May 15. You can begin downloading the Diablo III client right now!
From Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT you’ll be able to log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion.
It sort of further cements the notion that betas are marketing demos rather than for catching bugs, but that has always felt like a distinction without a difference to me anyway. What company actually relies on untrained, untested volunteers to submit bug reports? It seems to me that if betas were actually for bug testing, some resumes and portfolios would have changed hands rather than simply signing up on the forums and downloading the client.
Regardless, time to take advantage of this opportunity to test drive a Day 1 purchase before having to slap pre-purchase pre-order pre-pay pre-collect-interest-for-months-on-my-cash money down on a “limited edition” infinite digital good.