Diablo III Beta Starts End of 2011 Q3

It is official! Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime announced at the Activision Blizzard Q2 2011 Financial Results Conference Call that Diablo III beta will begin at the end of Q3 2011.

That leaves a window to start anywhere between August to September.

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Medievaldragon2691d ago

Can't wait to start playing Diablo III beta. After so many years, we are SO close, SO close.

Darkseeker2690d ago

Which means the release is close as well. A 2011 release is still possible, but wouldn't expect it. WOuld be a bonus.

However, they'd be crazy not to profit from the holidays.

CLOUD19832690d ago

Can we use the real-cash auction in the beta? :P hehe I am just saying maybe we can gain something for our time :D

Medievaldragon2690d ago

There won't be a real-cash auction in beta. Only gold-based auction as per the FAQ:

Will the Diablo III Auction House be available in the beta?

Yes, we plan on testing the functionality of the Diablo III gold-based auction house during the beta phase.

grailly2690d ago

They wipe the servers at the end of the beta, it would be too cruel for people who would have bought items for real cash

Farsendor12690d ago

don't get why people are still going crazy over this game with so many changes from diablo 2 its almost nothing like diablo they should have just called it something else.

Medievaldragon2690d ago

Diablo II was shipped in 2000. Technology has grown a lot since then. Back then I had a Mac G4 400MHz with a mere 256MB RAM Max, 10GB hard drive.

Computers now support over 8GB RAM, 2TB hard drives, speeds up to 3.2GHz (overclocked). Computers then weren't much of a beast as now. Games continue to grow in size and complexity.

Are you saying game developers should remain unchanged in comparison with technology and social networking growth? Sprites instead of 3D and physix? Fear to change and evolution is what I see.

Mikeyy2690d ago

Ha ha! Very close to my rig, but I ran a PC. My Diablo 2 rig was:

Pentium II 450MHz
256 MB RAM (later upgaded to 512)
Windows 98
3Dfx VOODOO Banshee

The Expansion kinda ran like shit on this computer, but the orginal game was mostly fine.

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