Archive for August, 2011

Diablo 3 beta invites

I was extremely excited when a few people reported that they have just received Diablo 3 beta invites. Turns out, they were all journalists from game and computer-related media.

Like this twit sent by Rich from CNET:

Diablo 3 beta invite just showed up. Any cardio routines out there that target your index finger?

So who’s this Rich guy? He is “Senior Editor covering desktop PCs, gaming, and other topics for CNET.com”. OK, I get it, this round of beta keys goes to the media.

In fact, here’s the beta email that Blizzard is sending to game journalists across the globe (hint).

Greetings from Blizzard Entertainment!
We’re gearing up for the forthcoming launch of Diablo III and would like to extend you an invitation to participate in the beta test. If you are interested in participating, you need to have a Battle.net account, which you can create on our Battle.net website.

Send us your Battle.net account login name and we will flag you for access to the Diablo III beta test when we begin admitting press. You do not need to go through the opt-in process. Please note that we do not currently have a date to announce for the start of the beta test.

There will be no NDA associated with the beta test, so you’re free to write and take screen shots or video as you please.

To secure your place among the first of Sanctuary’s heroes, we’ll need to have your Battle.net account login name by Tuesday, August 30.

Thanks and see you all in the Burning Hells!

So what can you do? I mean apart from joining CNET as a game journalist. Quite simple, really, as Bashiok said yesterday: “In order to be eligible to participate in the Diablo III beta test, you should set up a Beta Profile on your Battle.net account.”

Diablo 3 beta in September (official)

Gamescom attracts quite a few game journalists, so it’s the logical place for all kinds of official announcements: from DOTA2 to … Diablo 3 beta.

Reports Kotaku:

Diablo III’s beta will hit by September, hopefully before, Blizzard game director Jay Wilson said during a Gamescom press conference today.

When’s the game coming out? “When it’s ready.”

Not surprisingly, Jay’s consistent with Blizzard’s “when it’s ready” party line. So it remains to be seen if they are going to hit the 2011 release date.

Diablo 3 new difficulty

According to Gamespot’s Gamescom coverage, Blizzard will be adding a new, forth level of difficulty to Diablo 3.

The new difficulty will be called Inferno and it will be for end-game play at level 60. It will pit the player against level 61+ mobs. More importantly, when playing on Inferno, you will be able to get special loot, not available when playing at the other difficulties.

If you have played WoW, this will sound familiar. First, it looks like the PvP brackets, where there’s a bracket for each 10 levels and then there’s a special bracket for the max level players. Also, it looks a bit like Heroics where a dungeon is upgraded to the max level when the player is at max level (Heroic mode).

According to Jay Wilson, monsters at Inferno difficulty will be more ballsy because when a monster has more HP and damage, its AI is set to be a lot more aggressive. No idea what this will actually mean apart from the fact that if this was Diablo 2, Duriel can chase you all the way to town slaying anything in its path!

Now, needless to say, all these new items and monster AI’s mean there’s no way the Inferno difficulty will be included in the upcoming beta.

Diablo 3 beta signup (workaround)

Diablo 3 beta testers from Europe have had a hard time signing for the Diablo 3 soon-to-be-released beta.

Now why is that? It appears that the system checker tool has been updated with a new version. The new version is loaded automatically if you’re signing up for the beta from the US. However, if you’re signing up from EU, the old tool is loaded.

Here’s the difference: old tool and new tool. If you’re seeing the new tool, great for you. Otherwise follow these instructions:

1. Go to: https://eu.battle.net/account/management/beta-profile.html

2. Do not download the application yet, but instead go down into the lower right at the Language selection, do not choose “Europe – English(EU)”, instead choose “Europe – English(US)”

3. I would recommend stopping any downloads/uploads you may have running in the background as the new tool also wants to meassure your connection speed.

4. Click the “Windows”-link and you should begin downloading a file called “SystemCheck_enUS.exe” (The “Mac”-link for Mac’s of course)

5. Run the tool, and the black system checker will start up and start meassuring your bandwitdh as well as collecting stats about your system, click the send tool and it will push you back to the Beta profile site.

6. Update your preferences for the betas you’re interested in, and click Update Preferences.

Double-check your Beta Profile Settings page! If you ran everything right, it should look like this (bigger version). Note that video memory is given in MB/GB.

Diablo 3 items for real money

What’s the biggest news about Diablo 3? You might think that the biggest news is that Diablo’s official Twitter posted:

The #D3 beta test approaches! Please make sure your #Battle.net #Beta Profile information is up to date.

So you might think that with Diablo 3 beta as close as next week (or the one after it).

No, the biggest news is that Blizzard is a sell out: you will be able to purchase items with real money. Ok, not you but other people with money. And no, it will not be profitable to farm items, because the Chinese farmers are so much more effective. So expect to pay money for equipment.

Longer rant from the Cynical Brit:




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