Diablo 4 Beta Test

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All Blizzard games go through the beta test process with the public and Diablo 4 is no exception.

Latest Updates

Beta Pre-load Size

The pre-load of the beta comes in at 90Gb. Make sure you have plenty of space free.

Beta Pre-load Times

  • Early Access: Early Download begins Wednesday, March 15 at 9 a.m. PDT
  • Open Beta: Early Download begins Wednesday, March 22 at 9 a.m. PDT
    • Players who have already downloaded for Early Access do not need to download again for Open Beta.

How to access the beta

PC

  • Launch the Battle.net client. If Diablo IV is not already in your Favorites bar, you can add it by clicking on the + icon. Alternatively, you can find Diablo IV by accessing the All Games page. You’ll see Diablo IV at the top of the list.
  • Once you get to the Diablo IV Game Page. Click the blue button that says Install. The game will install and once it’s available, click Play to Launch.

Xbox

  • Launch the Xbox Store and search for Diablo IV–Open Beta. Select Download.

PlayStation

  • Launch the PlayStation Store and search for Diablo IV Open Beta. Select Download.

Beta Start Times

  • Early Access to the Open Beta begins March 17 at 9 a.m. PST and concludes March 20 at 12 p.m. PST.
  • The Open Beta begins March 24 at 9 a.m. PST and concludes March 27 at 12 p.m. PST.

Beta Classes

  • Barbarian, Rogue, and Sorcerer are the beta classes for the Early access beta.
  • The open beta will have all five classes.
  • 10 characters can be created in the beta.

Beta Content

Diablo 4 System Requirements

Minimum Requirements for PC

  • Settings to run the Diablo IV Open Beta at 1080p native resolution / 720p render resolution, low graphics settings, 30 fps.
  • Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD FX-8100
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 280
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: SSD with 45 GB available space
  • Internet: Broadband Connection

Recommended Specifications for PC

  • Settings to run the Diablo IV Beta at 1080p resolution, medium graphics settings, 60fps.
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K or AMD R3-1300X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 370
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: SSD with 45 GB available space
  • Internet: Broadband Connection
  • *Diablo IV will attempt to run on hardware below minimum specifications, including HDDs, dual-core CPUs, and Integrated GPUs. However, the game experience may be

Beta Preload

  • Beta preload around 1 week before launch.

Consoles

  • Consoles will have couch co-op.

Beta Progress

  • Progress carries over from early access to open beta.

Beta World Boss

  • Beta will have a world boss Ashava and there will be four spawns on the Saturdays.
  • 12 Players can go against a world boss.
  • Players will need to be around level 25 to take on the boss which is also level 25.

Beta Rewards

  • Three beta rewards (see pics below).
    • Initial Casualty Title: reaching Kyovashad
    • Early Voyager Title: reaching Level 20
    • Beta Wolf Pack Cosmetic Item: earned by reaching Level 20 (see pics below).
Wolf Pack Beta Reward

Diablo 4 Early Access and Closed Beta Dates Confirmed

Announced at IGN Fan Fest, the open beta will begin on 17-19 March if you have pre-ordered the early access beta. March 24-26 will be for those who have not pre-ordered.

Watch the Announcement

New Reveal hinted at IGN Fan Fest

Rod Fergusson hints at a reveal for something which is thought to be the open beta start date. The reveal will take place during the IGN Fan Fest on Saturday 19 February 10AM PT.

Blizzard Confirms Beta and Early Access Timeframe

More details of the pre-order beta access will be available at the start of 2023.

Pre-order for Beta Access

Players who pre-orders can gain access to the next public beta test as confirmed following the Game Awards.

Open Beta and Early Access beta

In a post on Windows Central they cite a source confirming an open beta and Early Access beta will be coming early 2023. [1]

Closed Beta End date

Testers were sent an alert to say the end-game closed beta will conclude on 18 November 2022.

Closed Beta Starts

The closed beta got underway on 18 October 2022.

Closed Beta Test Mail Sent

27 September 2022 - Closed Beta test mails were sent to successful beta test applicants.

Closed Beta Test

As revealed in the Beta test announcement, a close beta test will take place first under NDA to test end-game content. This will specifically include end-game features such as Helltide, Nightmare Dungeons, Whispers of the Dead (Tree of Whispers), Fields of Hatred (PvP), and Paragon Boards.

The test will be highly selective:

Specifically, we’ll be using gameplay data to invite a limited number of Diablo players who have recently spent significant amounts of time playing the end-game experiences of Diablo II: Resurrected and Diablo III.

If you have not received an email invite to the Diablo IV Closed Beta by November 18, then you have not been selected to participate.

Public Beta Testing

Public beta testing will not take place until the start of 2023.

Game Awards Announcement (December 2022)

A leaked internal document indicated that there would be some kind of Diablo 4 announcement at the Game Awards on 8 December.

How Long will the Beta Test run?

Based on previous tests for games such as World of Warcraft, the Diablo beta test could be lengthy, possibly as long as six months.

Due to the fact the game is set in an open world and is a lot more complex than previous Diablo titles, Blizzard is going to need a longer than usual testing period for a Diablo product.

Pre-Beta Test Announcement Updates

Pre-Registration

Blizzard launched their Diablo 4 beta test pre-registration opt-in for players on 11 june 2022. Potential testers could join the lottery to be picked via the opt-in link.

End-game Testing

Blizzard has confirmed that beta testing will include end-game content.[2]

Pre-announcement Promotion

On 11 July 2022, Blizzard launched a marketing campaign called Hell's Ink. The campaign invited fans to attend tattoo parlours around the world to receive a Diablo themed tattoo.

Hell's Ink Promotion locations
Hell's Ink Promotion locations

One of the rewards for receiving a tattoo was access to the Diablo 4 beta test.

Tattoo reward
Tattoo reward

Launcher Update

On 21 July 2022, the BattleNet launcher received an update which indicated that they were now preparing for a Diablo 4 Beta test. The addition of Fenris assets to the launcher in the file changes was a key sign Blizzard was moving toward a test.

Following the BattleNet launcher update discovery, Blizzard's Rod Fergusson dampened expectations for a quick start to the Diablo 4 beta and posted:

Hey all, I’m loving all the energy and excitement about a Diablo IV Beta showing up on http://Battle.net but you should know that this is an internal only test. Sorry! We will have more public testing in the future as we continue down the path to shipping in 2023!

When will the Diablo 4 Beta Test Begin?

Following the Hell's Ink promotional campaign and the BattleNet launcher update, there is speculation that the the Diablo 4 beta test could begin as early as September 2022, and most likely before the holiday season.

Update:

Testing did begin just prior to September but for friends and family only.

With that in mind, it is looking like a beta could appear at the end of 2022 or early 2023.