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Blizzard Announces Diablo 4 Closed Beta for 2022

Blizzard has announced that hardcore Diablo fans will get a chance to play in Diablo 4’s closed beta this year, though the public beta will arrive in early 2023.

Presented in Blizzard blog postthe publisher announced that players who have recently spent a “significant amount of time” playing the endgames of Diablo 2: Resurrected, Diablo 3, or Diablo: Immortal are eligible to participate in the test.

Unlike most betas that give players access to the first few hours of the game, the Diablo 4 beta does the opposite and allows players to enter the endgame directly. The series is available on all platforms, including PC, with cross-play and cross-progression.

“For several reasons, we have decided to focus the Closed Beta on the endgame of Diablo 4,” Blizzard said in a post. “The full story of Lilith’s return to Sanctuary isn’t something we want to spoil before release. Players will experience post-campaign Sanctuary during the Closed Endgame Beta.

“Also, for many people, endgame is their favorite aspect of Diablo. There is no shortage of diversity.”

Players who believe they’ve played enough of Endgame Diablo recently will receive an email invite to the beta, but only if the marketing option is enabled on Battle.net (see how description is available in the blog post).

This must be done by October 18th and invitations will be sent by November 18th at the latest. “The public testing phase will begin early next year.”

Players recently had an unofficial chance to see some Diablo 4 gameplay as they joined Rockstar’s GTA 6 and over 40 minutes of gameplay was leaked online. Blizzard isn’t as quiet as Rockstar, but it releases quarterly updates on what players can expect from their action-RPG. I have already confirmed that I will receive the DLC.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He talks about witchers all day long.

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