Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 6:00 PM by Guest
Blizzard announces stress-testing weekend, allowing free access to the beta for players from across the world
After an announcement last week that allowed access for 275,000 more Diablo III beta testers, Blizzard today opened the floodgates to gamers with a one-weekend stress-testing open beta. The beta, which will be open shortly after midday PST (8 pm BST), will be open to anyone with a Battle.net account. The client is available to download now via the Battle.net blog.
Those who participate in the Open Beta Weekend will get access from today until 10 am PDT (6 pm BST) on Monday. Player classes will be unrestricted, but players’ levels with cap out at Level 13. Blizzard had stated the purpose of the open beta weekend was to “put the game and servers through their paces,” ahead of the launch.
The core game will be mainly the same for everyone, but access to beta forums and some aspects of auction-house testing will be limited to invited beta testers only.
Blizzard also offered a warning to those who would be participating that technical issues were to be expected. “It’s very possible that players connecting to the stress test could experience issues with the service,” the firm said. “While not ideal, this is exactly why we’re having a stress test. We want to catch and analyze as many bugs as possible during this stress test period, so that we can try to ensure a smooth launch.”
The closed beta test will continue until May 1, two weeks before the game’s is officially launched on May 15.
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