Diablo III beta hit with downtime; new dev diary video released [Update]

Diablo III beta testers got a little interruption into their obsession testing process today when the game's beta servers experienced an issue where all Battle.net users could sign on to the beta test for the upcoming action-RPG sequel. Once the issue was found, Blizzard decided to shut down the beta test. The servers have been down for several hours today and are still not yet operational.

A post on the game's official message board from a Blizzard rep didn't provide any information on what caused the server glitch, saying only that the company would provide an update on the situation around 6 pm Eastern time.

As we reported earlier, the closed beta for Diablo III will end in less than two weeks on May 1st so that Blizzard can prepare for the full launch of the game on May 15th.

Meanwhile, Blizzard has released the third in their series of developer diary videos for the game. As with the previous two videos, this one features Diablo III's game director Jay Wilson, art director Christian Lichtner and lead software engineer Jason Regier discussing their progress on the game.

The trio recorded this video in early May, just one week before the game would be given over to other Blizzard members for internal testing. It shows all of them looking like they believe the game is getting close to completion. In fact, the interview was conducted just over a year before Diablo III's release date.

Update - Blizzard is now reporting that the closed beta servers are back up and running

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