Blizzard invites 3,000 Diablo 3 players to Reaper of Souls beta

Wider closed beta coming later this year.

Blizzard has invited 3,000 of its "most active" Diablo III players to its Friends & Family beta for the Reaper of Souls expansion, ahead of the closed beta later this year.

The beta includes the entire Reaper of Souls expansion, minus the final boss fight.

"In the past, participants in this particular phase of public testing usually only include friends and relatives of Blizzard employees," wrote Blizzard on its Diablo III site.

"With Reaper of Souls, however, we've decided to buck that trend and extend invites to valued media contacts and key members of the Blizzard community. We're also inviting 3,000 of our most active Diablo III players from around the world who've opted in for beta testing—something we've never done for any Friends and Family Beta test before!"

Over the next few months, Blizzard also says it will "continue handpicking community members to invite to the Closed Beta and bringing in additional players through opt-ins to ensure that all of our features like the Crusader, Mystic, and Adventure Mode get the testing they deserve."

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls adds a new chapter to Diablo III, as well as a new character class--the Crusader--and a new loot system.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will launch for PC in 2014. Blizzard has also confirmed the expansion for PlayStation 4.

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lilflipp
lilflipp

Meh, Path of Exiles.

Am I supposed to be excited about a beta? It's always like that, it's always about the hype and the build up. You had 10 years and Diablo 3 is what a huge company like Blizzard was able to come up with? No more hype, I don't believe you.

I'll tell you what I won't do this time, I won't pre-order it, so hyping the game won't do shit. Only way you're getting my money is if the game is good.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Uhm...I'd refuse an invite if they had no plans to port to console. The console D3 is far superior to PC. Not even making a statement from any kind of fanboy allegiance, it's just more fun on there.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

I was invited to the original Diablo 3 beta about a month before it was open and I felt kind of honored to play it, but felt bad because there were a lot of others that wanted it but couldn't have it.

Oliver Hoar
Oliver Hoar

"most active" my arse. They are all streamers who have loads of followers to other games they play. But hey here's a beta key lets make them earn more money playing a beta rather than give people a key who still play

Finbar Mallon
Finbar Mallon

I don't think Towelliee has been D3's most active member..

Brandon Pongrujaporn
Brandon Pongrujaporn

Gurantee kripparian on twitch got a invite because of the type of games he play and stream. Question is can ppl stream RoS or its under NDA?

advocacy
advocacy

You know, it would be more logical to to offer this beta to new players, or people that have never tried the game before.  The loyal fanbase is going to buy the expansion pack regardless of whether it is good or not, but if the product is truly excellent, giving other less experienced players a chance would result in better sales.

Ravi Pathak
Ravi Pathak

Sometimes Consoles Master the race since Diablo III is Dr-f-m free.

Rocky Ho
Rocky Ho

The keyboards and controllers in those houses must be mashed to death or replaced 1000000 times over.

Jake Sibulo
Jake Sibulo

I'm surprised 3000 ppl are still playing the game. I thought it was like 150 ppl?

George Algozzini
George Algozzini

They mean blizzards 3000 players that are still playing. But I guess they would also be their most active.

Xalaze
Xalaze

Diablo 3 failed miserable, thats no news.

The Expansion might get it a bit on track - but I fear it will never be as awesome, as I expected.

PoE is a great (free) alternative for the diablo universe. And people that have played Titan Quest, already know that Grim Dawn is in development, and hopefully they will do a damn good job ;)

Prostakma
Prostakma

and it begins... I cannot access battlenet, servers are overloaded, same old story..


Cellpwn
Cellpwn

Not often does the entire remaining player-base get to beta test new content for a game. Props Blizzard.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Wheres my beta test invite Blizzard?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

I thought Diablo 3 was still IN beta. It always sounds that way.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

Wow so these clowns are not going to release it on old consoles?? I fucking have this game which is great on PS3 and would gladly pay for ROS (ON PS3)  PC version can still go F itself filled with hackers and other bullshit no matter what they do RMAH wasnt the only issue.  

The game is much more enjoyable with a controller and the fact that they announce ROS release for PS4 a console which the original game isnt even out yet and which the game wont show a single god damn difference from the PS3 version is another slap in the face to the customers who,once again,PAID for a totally worthless version of the game.  So after all these betas, Next-gen version will finally be the true version of the game ???

Am I missing something? Is RoS planed to release on X360/PS3 ???

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Later today: 3000 Players RSVP no.

Spagalicious
Spagalicious

Correction: Blizzard invites the LAST 3000 players still playing diablo 3 to the beta

Megaliths
Megaliths

Diablo III was a disappointing beta. I don't think I can bring myself to test another one.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Is Diablo III better than Torchlight II?  Can't bring myself to buy it.

dominoodle
dominoodle

"...get the testing they deserve."

If only Blizzard had done that with the game originally. Then maybe they wouldn't have had to spend the past year trying to fix everything.

Xirtahm
Xirtahm

@Prostakma That's why you get it for a console.  Online requirements are nixed, and you have a much more polished game.  :D

kyvrn
kyvrn

@Cellpwn Except that lots of people who still play the game regularly got left out, while others who quit because they didn't like it got beta keys, and don't even use them or are just gonna trash talk on all the bugs in the beta and probably wont even buy the expansion. No props to blizzard from me.

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

@Cellpwn Think it's less than that, they said 3000 to get more people to play again ^^

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@DarkSaber2k I dont know if its meant to be a joke but D3 Console is one of the most polished games Ive played lately.  

ecs33
ecs33

@gameroutlawzz Loot was the only problem on PC. I had no problem with always online. 

ecs33
ecs33

@Tigerbite2 Easier and your leveling choices don't really affect you in the long run but there is a lack of customization that you see in Diablo 2, POE, or Torchlight.

Leonagard
Leonagard

@Tigerbite2 each one have its flaws and virtues... If you like to play after the endgame diablo is the best choice... Torchlight storyline won't keep you interested... the good is the value of been able to play user content there are a lot of MODs to play with and Steam worshop makes it easy to pickup and play. I also recomend you to look up Path of Exile. 

MY OPINION:

Pros:

D3 - Easy to pick up and play, Good storyline, Fluid gameplay great animations and art style, won't penalize you if you made wrong choices, all skills are avaliable at lvl 60 to customize the way you want with lots of runes variations. I recomend you to wait until Reaper of Soul Release, or just play the console version (without hacking).

 TL2: Excellent user created content, fast and fluid gameplay, strategic character development.

PoE: Good Storyline, reminds you of Demon's Souls in some ways... Great features for customization and gameplay, more realistic artstyle aproach, darker and plays like Diablo 2. Great leagues and ladders and Hardcore mode wont kill your character
greater strategic character development trough an normous passive skill tree evolve your character, Kevin Review is perfect (look up on this site!) well deserved 9,0

Cons: (can be also PROS but not for everyone)

 D3:Much Item dependent to customization, loot system penalize you with items you wont use to incentive the Auction House trade (console version wont suffer from it already got loot 2.0 comming in RoS expansion for PC) less direct character customization, no atribute points to spent. Comunity full of haters that wont bring anynithing good to the table.

TL2: way too easy, can be broken by user generated content, uninteresting storyline.

PoE: Not for everyone, too much grind. gets too complicated and hard on endgame, skills came from item drops sometimes hard to find (diablo 3 get rid of a simmilar system for their runes), penalize you with XP loss on death in harder difficulties, art style looks old like a diablo 2. If you made a mistake you have to star over or farm/grind items to refund your points and rebuild you character base or just wait until a full reset due to rebalancing.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@Tigerbite2 D3 on console is awesome. Otherwise I dont suggest it at all.  PC version is filled with hackers who dont simply hack for better gear,but hack other peoples accounts.

You can also remain offline on console.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

@Tigerbite2 It's so much better especially in end-game. The difficulty level spikes so much when you get to 60 and turn up the Monster Power level, it actually requires fast and precise reaction time at all times. After the AH closes in March and when the expansion comes out, it will be the best of its kind.

crognalsen
crognalsen

@Tigerbite2  

I like it better than torchlight, but a lot of people don't.  It's personal opinion.  

Diablo 3 has a much simpler skill system.  You don't have to worry about choosing the wrong skill because you will be able to change to another skill at any point.

Diablo 3 has followers instead of pets.

Diablo 3 is darker and has more realistic cut scenes.

Diablo 3 has better skills in terms of being able to manually avoid attacks later in levels.  This can make the game a little more interesting.  It's ends up requiring the player to show some skill instead of having success based almost solely on equipment.  It's one of the things I liked a lot more about it than torchlight 2.

Diablo 3 requires you to always be online and there is no modding.  If you want to play offline and want to have player made content available then  Diablo 3 is probably not for you.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@gameroutlawzz That's not D3, that's Blizzard.  I kept getting constant e-mails from blizzard and my account stayed locked from constant hacking attempts.  I finally changed my e-mail once I noticed my e-mails from them were being read....and it wasn't me reading them.... >_<

crognalsen
crognalsen

@Tigerbite2 @gameroutlawzz

I had some problems with people hacking my WoW account a while back, but now I'm pretty careful in where I go and what I install on the PC.  The difference is it's locked down by me and not by Microsoft or Sony.  Most hacking on PC is caused by people downloading software and installing it by mistake.  Sometimes it can come through your web browser or email without you knowing it either.  It's easier on Windows XP because the administrator account is enabled by default and there is no user account control.  You also have to make sure you have a good password and as suggested use an authenticator.  You can use most smartphone or tablet as an authenticator.  There is an app for it.