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The first wave of invitations has begun, with the company "planning to add more participants" over the course of the test. In order to be eligible, you'll need to have a current, valid Battle.net account, and don't forget to opt-in!
It's not all fun and games, though - obviously you will get a chance to play one of the most eagerly-anticipated click-fests in recent history, but you'll also be providing Blizzard with some valuable feedback when it comes to server stability and hardware.
The Diablo III beta includes part of Act I, which you can play through as any of the hero classes - demon hunter, monk, wizard, witch doctor or barbarian - before going "head-to-skull" against the dreaded Skeleton King. The choice is yours - do it alone, or take him on in co-op mode with a band of merry men.
As you progress, you'll get a taste for the game's skillset and crafting systems, plus meet up with followers, artisans and other key Sanctuary denizens.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment has a few words to say:
This closed beta test is an important milestone for us as we enter the final stages of development on Diablo III. Our goal is to create the best action role-playing game experience to date, building on everything we've learned since the release of Diablo II and incorporating the powerful features of the new Battle.net platform. We hope players enjoy participating in the beta test and we look forward to hearing their feedback.
Even though the finished game will be released in a bunch of different languages, the beta itself will be English-only, sorry. And while we were all squinting at the fine print to see if there were any extra hints accidentally dropped, "Release timing and region-specific details such as pricing and supported languages will be announced at a later date."
...for more information, as usual, head to the official Diablo III website.
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