Diablo III beta details revealed

Diablo III is one of the most anticipated games of all time, and today the action-RPG's developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment revealed more info about the game's upcoming beta test.  While there is still no specific release date yet for the beta version (it's supposed to start sometime in the current quarter) Blizzard's web site gives out a ton of info of what players can expect to play and use in the beta test, including an in-game auction house that will use real money.

First the good news: players will be able to use all five of the game's character classes in the beta version (barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk and demon hunter). As with previous games in the series players will be able to battle in randomly generated levels which means that every play experience should be different. The beta's game content will be from the early portions of Diablo III. If you want to be considered for the beta you need to have a Battle.net account and then click on the Beta Profile settings in its account management. Both Mac and PC players will be accepted into the beta.

Blizzard also revealed more info on the in-game auction house for Diablo III. The feature will allow players to buy and sell in-game items like weapons, magic items and more with real money. Blizzard has already announced it does not plan to offer any in-game items via the auction house; it's supposed to be just for the players. However Blizzard plans to take a "nominal fixed transaction fee" for items sold in the auction house.

Now the bad news: PC Gamer reports that the final version of Diablo III will require a constant online connection. That means you must be connected to the Internet at all times to play the game. Blizzard said that part of the reason for this decision was to prevent cheating. The other bit of bad news is there will be no mod support at all in Diablo III and mods will be "expressly prohibited by our terms of use for the game."

Blizzard has said in the past that it would like to release the final version of Diablo III by the end of the year but also warned that there is still no official release date yet for the game.

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k37chup said,
Don't see anything wrong with real money system. Blizzard have to pay for servers somehow.

First of all, the auction house is only for the players to trade.

"Players Only

Blizzard does not plan to post items for sale in the auction house. The driving purpose of the auction house is to provide players with a fun additional in-game option for what they do with the items they obtain in the game. Items sold in the auction house will be posted by players and purchased by players. "

Secondly, Blizzard includes the cost for the servers in the game's price!

I so wanted to play this game and buy it. Action house that uses real money, constant internet connection.....never mind. I'll play something else.

wow... how long before we see bots playing only to find items and sell them like we saw on DII? Now they will be able to sell directly through the game?

I know I know they must think it will be much more restricted that way and easier to manage but that's only what they say.

I have 1000 hours of play in DII and there are so many items I never saw... not that I dislike this, in fact I liked the fact it's like a lottery and I could be THE ONE who found a very rare item (Zod anyone?) but with all the bots selling about everything in no time after a ladder reset, well, it was sad. I never bought any item.

Thankfully, there was some nice players you could meet along the way who would donate some nice items after all these years so we were able to try some uniques we never had the chance to find ourself and that we were not able to trade because of high runes requirement.

I will again play DIII in hope of being the one who will find the ultimate item everyone is wishing for. :-p

read an article at blizznews or something, saying that the game did not feel close yet as it was glitchy and just did not have the blizzard polish on it yet. they would be surprised if it was released this year.

Honestly i hope it is not, there are too many good games coming out in November i need time to play them all lol.

My Internet connection is always on so that requirement can easily be met. I don't plan on using the cash-based auction house and I'm glad that's optional. As for the mods, I imagine the reason they decided to exclude it is security. With mod support, the potential for hacks and scams is higher.

I've opted in for the Diablo beta long time ago. Hopefully, I'll receive an invite this time (unlike the StarCraft and Warcraft betas).

I disagree with your statement on mods, mods had little to no effect in closed battle.net in Diablo II, I don't see why that would be any different/worse with Diablo III.

As for the cash-based auction house, I plan to use it, but mostly for making money (selling items). Even if Blizzard takes a cut, if I can make a few bucks a day playing D3, I'll be happy with that.....not only gives me more incentive to play, but it also give me extra cash I can spend on other means of entertainment (I assume it will be tied to things like a paypal account or something?).

I too opted into the beta ages ago (as soon as it went live almost)...but I've never gotten into a closed beta period....maybe I'll get lucky and they will do a first-come-first-serve basis (based on when you opted in).

Nagisan said,
I disagree with your statement on mods, mods had little to no effect in closed battle.net in Diablo II, I don't see why that would be any different/worse with Diablo III.

As for the cash-based auction house, I plan to use it, but mostly for making money (selling items). Even if Blizzard takes a cut, if I can make a few bucks a day playing D3, I'll be happy with that.....not only gives me more incentive to play, but it also give me extra cash I can spend on other means of entertainment (I assume it will be tied to things like a paypal account or something?).

I too opted into the beta ages ago (as soon as it went live almost)...but I've never gotten into a closed beta period....maybe I'll get lucky and they will do a first-come-first-serve basis (based on when you opted in).

Wait, you can sell items for REAL money?

the final version of Diablo III will require a constant online connection
Anaron said,
My Internet connection is always on so that requirement can easily be met.

> Assuming that a connection will always be constant.
> Assuming it is reasonable to force someone to be connected to the Internet to play a game.

Just buy Torchlight 2, bro.

AFineFrenzy said,

Wait, you can sell items for REAL money?

Yes, you can buy and sell items for real money in the money-based AH.....there is also a normal AH for in-game currency. Both are player-stocked and all transactions will likely be handled by Blizzard (not confirmed, but its built-into the game so it almost has to happen that way), reducing scams and charge-back issues.

Don't care about no mods nor the constant Internet connection. I only really play games when I'm at home anyway, so this doesn't matter. Bit of a bummer that theres no LAN support, but it seems LAN is dying anyway.

Xilo said,
No mods? WTF?

I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing. I think WoW would probably be more fun if mods weren't allowed in it. To be competitive in PvP and PvE you need to have all the right mods (or at least right kinds of mods).

Shadrack said,

I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing. I think WoW would probably be more fun if mods weren't allowed in it. To be competitive in PvP and PvE you need to have all the right mods (or at least right kinds of mods).

I don't think you understand what a mod in this respect means. Diablo 2 had huge mods which overhauled the whole game, its not some little UI mod or whatever.

These mods wouldn't be able to be used in the same online environment as someone playing the unmodded game, since the games would be completely different.

Minimoose said,

I don't think you understand what a mod in this respect means. Diablo 2 had huge mods which overhauled the whole game, its not some little UI mod or whatever.

These mods wouldn't be able to be used in the same online environment as someone playing the unmodded game, since the games would be completely different.

Hmm... Not sure why that wouldn't be allowed. Seems fairly straight forward: if you want to play a mod then you can't get achievements or play in a tournament with that mod. Didn't they already work that out in StarCraft 2?

Did Diablo 2 support mods officially?

Shadrack said,

Did Diablo 2 support mods officially?

No, but from the sounds of it, looks like Blizzard will banhammer anyone that mucks with files.

Hell, Median XL has done so much for keeping D2 alive and interesting.

my adsl2 connect drops over 9 times a day and i cant do anything about it which will make this game thanks to blizzard unplayable, looks like ill be passing it up or waiting for emulation or something to happen

It's really sad to hear the game will require a constant internet connection, but looking at the features that is introduced for, (and if it's an actually good game, but let's be honest, it's Blizzard) I'll still be happy to play it.

Sounds great. Count me in / sign me up!

Couldn't care less about modifications and considering it's an MMO, it makes sense to require an internet connection the whole time you're playing. I'm not put off in the slightest... yet....

Chicane-UK said,
Sounds great. Count me in / sign me up!

Couldn't care less about modifications and considering it's an MMO, it makes sense to require an internet connection the whole time you're playing. I'm not put off in the slightest... yet....

Diablo 3 is an MMO?!?! Holy crap, that's big news to me (considering it's NOT an MMO). Have you told Blizzard that it's an MMO? I'm sure they would like to know too.

Chicane-UK said,
Sounds great. Count me in / sign me up!

Couldn't care less about modifications and considering it's an MMO, it makes sense to require an internet connection the whole time you're playing. I'm not put off in the slightest... yet....


MMO? World of Diablo this is not. (...yet hehe)