Break out the Red Bull and Doritos and start flexing that clicking finger. After years of development and months of teasing, Blizzard
has finally begun allowing lucky gamers to participate in the Diablo III beta,
opening up a small section to the loot-fest hack-and-slash to select gamers who
opted in to beta tests via their Battle.net accounts. If you haven't yet opted in it's not too late, and you can still do so on their website for this and future tests. Not everyone who clicked the “I’d like
to participate in beta” button has gotten an invite yet, though, as some of us have
found out the hard way, but the number of people who have gotten invites is
fairly significant, so it’s worth checking your email to see if you’re one of
the lucky few. And then you can check your email again. And again. And again.
All the clicking will get you good and ready for the game.
The beta is more akin to an extended demo than a full-blown
beta as MMORPG fans might be used to. While all of the game’s classes are accessible
and there’s plenty of gear to loot and monsters to bash, the section available
is only two-hours long, and that’s if you take your time. Granted, we have a
feeling most Diablo fans are going to be able to milk at least 8-10 hours out
of the beta, trying out each of the game’s classes to decide which they’ll want
to play once the game is finally released.
“This beta test is not confidential,” Blizzard said in a
post on its website, “You are free to show, share, or talk about any portion of
the beta content to which you have access.” This is good news for those eager
to share their opinion on the game, and even better news for those anxious to
learn more about Diablo III (which you can also do by reading our preview). For those of us still refreshing our inboxes and
checking for an invite? Well, it just makes the wait all that more
excruciating. *click* *click* *click*
Sep 21, 2011