Diablo® III

Open Beta? Hmmm....

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Just saw this in a thread in the old D3 forums...

http://www.diablofans.com/uploads/gallery/album_178/gallery_44052_178_236041.png

From this thread:

http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=27831812930&sid=3000

So is there going to be an open beta?
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I don't think there will be an open beta, but I do think that it will end up similar to the starcraft 2 beta in that it was extremely easy to get in towards the last few months.

It would be awesome though if the beta ends up going open, but I doubt it will start that way.
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Yes.

Open to everyone that gets invited.
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Don't get your hopes up friends. I don't think it means what you think it means.
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No, there won't be an open beta. Jay Wilson confirmed that in an interview at Gamescon too :P
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I don't think there will be an open beta, but I do think that it will end up similar to the starcraft 2 beta in that it was extremely easy to get in towards the last few months.

It would be awesome though if the beta ends up going open, but I doubt it will start that way.


Last few months? I don't think it will be long enough to get to that point. The last few months should be more like the first few months and the only few months. If all goes well, we only need a month or two beta quickly followed by release of the final product.
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I just think you're inferring to much from the word "open". There will probably not be a beta where anyone can just sign in. That's TOO open. There will be a beta where people outside of Blizzard's internal testing staff get to play. Doesn't that count as open?

Someone said it:

08/24/2011 07:39 PMPosted by Zex
Open to everyone that gets invited.
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By the way, I originally posted this here: http://www.diablofans.com/topic/27504-wtf-open-beta/
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Beta is a lie
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Yes.

Open to everyone that gets invited.


then its a closed beta...

open betas are those that require no invite for the bulk of them or those that intend to invite massive amounts of people (or everyone). These still only intend to invite a small portion of the fanbase.... I hope I am among the lucky few...
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08/25/2011 10:42 AMPosted by CherubDown
By the way, I originally posted this here: http://www.diablofans.com/topic/27504-wtf-open-beta/



I made sure I quoted your original thread in the 1st thread.

Still haven't gotten a BLUE reply on it though.
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By the way, I originally posted this here: http://www.diablofans.com/topic/27504-wtf-open-beta/


Someone beat you to it by a few hours in this very forum:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/3077927795#8
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Yes.

Open to everyone that gets invited.


then its a closed beta...

open betas are those that require no invite for the bulk of them or those that intend to invite massive amounts of people (or everyone). These still only intend to invite a small portion of the fanbase.... I hope I am among the lucky few...



I guess his joke went completely over your head.
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08/25/2011 10:40 AMPosted by Gramin
Last few months? I don't think it will be long enough to get to that point. The last few months should be more like the first few months and the only few months. If all goes well, we only need a month or two beta quickly followed by release of the final product.


this ^

finally an intelligent response to a post we've seen a thousand times..

beta will be short.. sc2 was long it needed balancing and battle.net 2.0 was brand spanking new. lots of tweaks were needed. d3 beta will be a month or two maybe less and then they will release for holiday because they will mop the floor with any other game in sales at that release date.
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08/25/2011 10:52 AMPosted by dOOm
Last few months? I don't think it will be long enough to get to that point. The last few months should be more like the first few months and the only few months. If all goes well, we only need a month or two beta quickly followed by release of the final product.


this ^

finally an intelligent response to a post we've seen a thousand times..

beta will be short.. sc2 was long it needed balancing and battle.net 2.0 was brand spanking new. lots of tweaks were needed. d3 beta will be a month or two maybe less and then they will release for holiday because they will mop the floor with any other game in sales at that release date.


Agreed. Given that the architecture is housed on Blizzard's servers, it's easily plausible that the game is ready to ship today (meaning the DVDs are sitting in boxes just waiting). Any large updates that need to be performed will most likely be done on the server versus on the user's machine. And Blizzard has already stated that any tweaks that are needed can be completed when the user installs the game and connects to bnet.
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September, There will be waves of invites.
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the close beta is now, internal test, and the open beta is for us... but no for everyone in the world, just for lucky people
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08/25/2011 11:14 AMPosted by Gramin


this ^

finally an intelligent response to a post we've seen a thousand times..

beta will be short.. sc2 was long it needed balancing and battle.net 2.0 was brand spanking new. lots of tweaks were needed. d3 beta will be a month or two maybe less and then they will release for holiday because they will mop the floor with any other game in sales at that release date.


Agreed. Given that the architecture is housed on Blizzard's servers, it's easily plausible that the game is ready to ship today (meaning the DVDs are sitting in boxes just waiting). Any large updates that need to be performed will most likely be done on the server versus on the user's machine. And Blizzard has already stated that any tweaks that are needed can be completed when the user installs the game and connects to bnet.


Key words being "If all goes well." Blizz is notorious for taking their sweet time to iron out even the littlest bugs. A strong launch with few glitches is HUGE in today's market, and if they rush it out to get holiday sales instead of doing a thorough beta, people will start complaining that it was rushed and more people should have had the chance to test it.

In short, if there are enough bugs to delay, be ready to play something else into 2012.
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I don't think the beta will last longer then a month


beta will be short.. sc2 was long it needed balancing and battle.net 2.0 was brand spanking new. lots of tweaks were needed. d3 beta will be a month or two maybe less and then they will release for holiday because they will mop the floor with any other game in sales at that release date.


I don't reckon any longer then a month, might even be just September. It's the same battle.net 2.0 that SC2 tested and runs on, it's similar graphics engine to SC2, they've had heaps of internal testing and let people play a number of different builds at shows and events. They aren't releasing much content for the beta, so it wont be balance or content testing, I reckon the testing will comprise network, hardware, and AH testing. The only thing that I think that will change the length of the beta, is the number and significance of technical issues experienced by testers.
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