Diablo III closed beta ends May 1

If you happen to be one of the few that's participating in the Diablo III closed beta test, you have just under two weeks to enjoy it. Blizzard announced today that the beta test for the long awaited action-RPG will end on May 1. Naturally, this means that all of the beta accounts and character information will be wiped from Blizzard's Battle.net servers as the company prepares for the public launch of the game on May 15.

Blizzard started the closed beta test of the game in September 2011 and gradually added more and more outside testers to the game over the months. Feedback from the beta caused Blizzard to change a number of gameplay and design elements and also caused the company to delay its release from a planned first quarter 2012 timeline.

In its announcement, Blizzard stated:

We'd like to thank everyone who has participated in the Diablo III beta. You've done an admirable job of testing, and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback you provided during this critical phase of development.

Meanwhile, the official Diablo III launch web site has been updated once again to reveal a new gameplay and lore trailer for the game's Monk hero class. There's also a new web short story featuring the character class that's now available to read.

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