In an article published a few moments ago, Blizzard confirms the imminent arrival of the Closed Beta of Diablo 4 and shares the first details. This will focus on high-level content, such as Infernal Waves, Cauch Dungeonsemar, Whispers of the Dead, Fields of Hatred as well as Paragon Plateaus and will be under NDA. Other public test phases will begin in early 2023.Get the info now below.
At Xbox Games Showcase 2022, we predicted the return of Lilith, the Blessed Mother. As the release of Diablo IV in 2023 is fast approaching, we are reaching an important milestone: allowing members of the community to participate in testing and providing feedback on early versions of the game. Our high-level restricted beta will be the very first opportunity for selected players to experience some of the content of Diablo IV. Players will be invited to test the robust high-level content of Diablo IV using specific game data. This article will explain what types of players will be invited and how these invitations will be sent.
This restricted beta will be confidential, which means that invited players will not be able to speak publicly about their gaming experience or share it. In addition, the high-level restricted beta will be playable on PC and consoles Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Cross-play and shared progression will also be available for all platforms.
For a preview of what to expect in the Diablo IV High-Level Closed Beta, watch the video below brought to you by Game Director Joe Shely and Franchise General Manager Rod Fergusson.
For the Diablo IV Closed Beta, we decided to focus on high-level content for several reasons. We prefer not to reveal the full story of Lilith’s return to Sanctuary until the game is released. During the high-level restricted beta, players will therefore experience a version of Sanctuary after the end of the campaign. Also, what many players prefer about Diablo is its high-level experience. We want to make sure it’s satisfying and doesn’t lack a variety of challenges to overcome as you slay demons game after game. That’s why we’re gathering community feedback as early as possible so we can incorporate it into Diablo IV before launch. Players selected to participate in the High Level Closed Beta will have the opportunity to provide feedback between Demon Hunts through an in-game tool.
Here is the high-level content that will be available in the Closed Beta: Hellwave, Nightmare Dungeons, Whispers of the Dead, Fields of Hatred, and Paragon Plateaus. Remember the skills and knowledge gained from testing these features, because you’ll need all the tools at your disposal to defeat the High Level Closed Beta Boss!
High Level Restricted Beta Content
While traversing Sanctuary on foot or with your trusty steed, take a good look around you, because you could find yourself in a hellish wave. This is a new region event that is only available to heroes and heroines who have reached world level 3: Nightmare. During a hellish wave, Lilith’s servants are reinforced and therefore more difficult to slay, but they offer loot worthy of the danger involved. Its most powerful lackeys are also more numerous, and the very land of Sanctuary is warped by the onslaught of demonic activity.
When you defeat the monstrosities that make up the infernal wave, they have a chance to grant you embersa new currency that can be spent to open hellwave chests dispersed in the region concerned. These chests contain generous bonuses dedicated to a single item slot, such as torso, legs, or two-handed weapons. But be careful when accumulating your embers: if you fall in battle, they will be lost and you will have to recover them.
We’ve created a level of difficulty for dungeons straight out of your nightmares. If so, really! Diablo IV’s Nightmare difficulty dungeons can be accessed once you find your first one Nightmare emblem. Each emblem corresponds to a specific dungeon somewhere in Sanctuary. These emblems add special modifiers to their respective dungeons, increasing the ferocity of the minions of the Underworld waiting for you there as well as the level of rarity of the loot. Completing Nightmare Dungeons will drop you even more powerful emblems, giving you access to even more dangerous mods and challenges to overcome. As you progress through higher and more difficult world levels, new Nightmare Dungeons will become available.
whispers of the dead
The Tree of Whispers needs your help to close some outstanding cases. On your map, you will be able to see several whispers scattered around Sanctuary. By completing the tasks corresponding to them, you will get experience, gold and sinister favors. The number of Sinister Boons received by performing a Whisper varies, but once you have obtained 10 sinister favors with the deceased, you can trade at the Whispering Tree for a host of loot and experience to reward your heroism.
The types of whispers visible on the map change frequently and new ones will appear throughout the day. Each Whisper offers a different set of rewards and experience when you complete its task.
Normally, the whispers of the dead system is only available to players who have completed a specific chapter of the main quest. In the Restricted Beta, players will be able to interact with this system from the start.
Fields of Hate
Out of his contempt for mortals, Mephisto cursed certain areas of Sanctuary and turned them into terrible fields of hate. These dedicated PvP areas are the perfect place for players looking to earn fame through blood and zeal. In the Fields of Hatred, players can slay demons to harvest seeds of hate. To use these seeds, you will need to take them to the Extraction Altar where they can be reduced to red dust. Quickly convert your Hate Seeds into red dust: they will be coveted by your opponents lurking in the area and if they are skilled enough to defeat you in battle, your Hate Seeds will be lost.
The trouble of turning your seeds of Hate into red dust is worth it. The red dust will not be lost if you are defeated. It can also be spent on PvP cosmetics and mount vendors for ornamental rewards. Will you be able to forge a reputation in these corrupted lands?
Upon reaching level 50, you will unlock the paragon trays, a high-level character development system designed to increase the powers of your hero or heroine. As you gain experience, you will get paragon points. These points can be spent to unlock new titles, new sockets, and even additional paragon boards to further customize your hero or heroine and reach new heights of power!
For a more in-depth look at the Paragon Board system, check out the Diablo IV Quarterly Report: December 2021.
Who will be invited?
It is essential for us to provide you with an exciting and constantly evolving high-level experience on Diablo IV. And for that, our team needs to surround itself. We need experts, and even players like you.
More precisely, we are going to consult game data to invite a limited number of Diablo players who have recently spent a lot of time on the high level content of Diablo II: Resurrected and Diablo III. If you think you qualify, you can maximize your chances of getting an invite to the High Level Closed Beta by following the steps below:
- Meeting on the Battle.net site or launch the Battle.net application.
- Click on your nickname displayed at the top right of the screen, then on “Account settings” or “View account” depending on your platform.
- Click on the “Privacy and communication” section of the menu then scroll down the page to “Communication preferences”.
- Click “Update” and make sure “News and Special Offers from Battle.net” is enabled*.
The above steps must be completed before October 11.
*Note: You can opt out of receiving marketing communications at any time. Follow the instructions above to uncheck the “Information and special offers from Battle.net” box. You can also click on the “Unsubscribe” option at the bottom of our emails.
Once you have followed the steps above, you will be able to receive an email invitation if you are selected. If you are selected to participate in the Diablo IV Closed High Level Beta, you will receive an email invitation from [email protected] containing additional instructions.
If you do not receive an email invitation to the Diablo IV Closed Beta by November 18, it means you have not been selected. But do not worry : public testing phases will begin early next year. To keep up with the latest information on Diablo IV, head over to our news page and follow @Diablo_EN on Twitter.
See you soon in Sanctuary,
-The Diablo IV team