Diablo 3 Beta Leaks, Explained


With all these screenshots leaking from early Beta testers, there is understandable confusion and excitement. To paraphrase our forums and comments: “Where are the leaks coming from? Who is playing now? And why the hell ain’t it me?”

I can’t answer the last one, but the first two are known. Well, kinda. It’s funny, but we don’t know if this stuff is actually “leaking.” We know there will not be an NDA on the public beta test, but there might be one on just the F&F Beta, in which case the screens and stuff were leaked. Not that it really matters.

Here’s the important thing. Earlier tonight I heard from a guy who is (allegedly) in a top WoW guild, who knows some Blizzard employees through it. The word from them is that the Friends and Family Beta test has just begun. It’s fairly limited in number, no more than 5 invites per Blizzard employee, and it’s meant to break in the B.net servers in preparation for the full beta test, when vastly more testers will be invited in. (I don’t have any numbers on the F&F Beta, but since there are thousands of Blizzard employees, 5 invites each could be quite a few people.)

That rumor got some backup just this morning, thanks to some posts on the Russian language B.net forum. (In Soviet Russia, Blizzard CMs actually answer questions?) Big thanks to the site reader who wished to remain anonymous, but who sent in links and translations of the news. Also to Ivan in comments for a better translation of the following:

Question #1:

Question: I would like to learn if this one with beta key is from media,press, friends and family or invites already started for all “normal” users.
Blizzard’s Answer: There is information. We are preparing, like always at the release of our games, for an epic adventure! I am personally planning on taking vacation for a couple of weeks (if I manage to do so, provided the other CMs [presumably?] don’t beat me to it)
Beta-testing will start soon. We will disclose the exact date when we are sure ourselves, because there is no end to the thoroughness, and the QA guys [programmers, etc.] are constantly fixing, attaching, or lacquering something. I can say one thing – the light at the end of the tunnel is already visible. And it’s growing brighter…

Announcements on the site occur as new information becomes available. Essentially everyday (but generally not just once a day). If you only knew, there’s a frightening chaos here, and kilometers of text recently. This means that soon these kilometers of text will appear on the site. Invitations for [beta] testing are sent, as a rule, depending on the need of the current stage [of testing]. Because of that, an exact number [of invitations] will not be identified ahead of time.
I myself tried that build that we showed at Gamescom last year, and the following one after that [note that this is unclear between game build or build shown at Gamescom year]. These were relatively early versions, but they were already highly impressive/noteworthy/othersynonym [literally, made an impression]. Now me and the other CM [presumably] refresh the page every two minutes in the hopes of beta – no patience!

Where did the Beta downloader screenshot come from?

Question: Where that guy got that screenshots/client downloader?
Blizzard’s Answer: He could get it from anywhere. For years now we are showing out different builds on multiple gaming events, where anyone can try the game out.

What’s happening next?

Official reply states that they had 2 internal testing periods until now and currently refreshing their mailboxes every few minutes in anticipation of new info.

From this info it seems unlikely that we’ll get the full Beta rolling this week. It’s just for Blizzard peeps and friends for now, and they get the holiday weekend to enjoy, while the rest of us can only look on in envy. Hopefully next week, after Bliz gets some rest and relaxation, they’ll be ready to scale up to the full test? It should be soon™, at any rate. (The full thing should get rolling around early/mid-Sept, we’ve heard from some little mice.)


Update: Korean CM confirms that it’s the North American Friends and Family beta going on now, thanks to a tip from a reader and the dubious charms of Google translator:

Evan — Community Manager
Diablo III as the first step in the preparation of a beta test in North America employees’ friends and family (F&F) to target a limited internal testing has just begun.

Yet just a regular player in North America did not start for the betas, Korea, including other regions for the beta test have not decided anything yet, just want you to know that.

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  1. Thanks Flux for keeping us updated — I am guessing we’ll get the beta next week after the long weekend.  Sounds reasonable.

  2. Feels tot unreal to be real, you know?

  3. http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=809368
    By Sixen:
    “I promise, :P. It sucks, I agree. We had a little community going in the Alpha forums for the release of each game. Blizzard is a much larger company and:
    A) They don’t need to outsource alpha’s for more testers anymore and,
    B) They won’t need to worry about major leaks. Obviously some stuff was leaked, but the client hasn’t been leaked and people haven’t found it yet, .”

    the client hasn’t been leaked and people haven’t found it yet
    Does this mean that we have to find it?

    • Just to clarify…They have not outsourced Alpha stuff for years. Client will appear at some point if not already leaked onto some torrent site and Blizzard still have to worry about leaks because it happens all the time and that’s why their NDAs are tight.

  4. Beta testing is NOT started.” … Shouldn’t that be, Beta testing has NOT started?
    Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

  5. Just in case you guys wanted a full translation of the second (larger) reply in the third link, which in the news post is in white, rather than blue:
     
    There is information. We are preparing, like always at the release of our games, for an epic adventure! I am personally planning on taking vacation for a couple of weeks (if I manage to do so, provided the other CMs [presumably?] don’t beat me to it)
    Beta-testing will start soon. We will disclose the exact date when we are sure ourselves, because there is no end to the thoroughness, and the QA guys [programmers, etc.] are constantly fixing, attaching, or lacquering something. I can say one thing – the light at the end of the tunnel is already visible. And it’s growing brighter…
    Announcements on the site occur as new information becomes available. Essentially everyday (but generally not just once a day). If you only knew, there’s a frightening chaos here, and kilometers of text recently. This means that soon these kilometers of text will appear on the site. Invitations for [beta] testing are sent, as a rule, depending on the need of the current stage [of testing]. Because of that, an exact number [of invitations] will not be identified ahead of time.
    I myself tried that build that we showed at Gamescom last year, and the following one after that [note that this is unclear between game build or build shown at Gamescom year]. These were relatively early versions, but they were already highly impressive/noteworthy/othersynonym [literally, made an impression]. Now me and the other CM [presumably] refresh the page every two minutes in the hopes of beta – no patience!

    • Thanks for better translation; I swapped it in for the partial one.

      • You’re welcome! Thanks for all the hard work you do keeping us apprised of the situation. I know I really appreciate it, and I’m sure a lot of us other lurkers do too!
        I’m happy to provide any Russian translation that might be of interest to folks–but unfortunately I don’t have time to scour the various Blizzard Russian-language forums myself. If I see stuff like this though, I’ll definitely jump in.

  6. AWESOME in soviet russia meme reference! 😀

    • Glad someone enjoyed. I was going to make an image; a screenshot of the russian forum with the caption over it, but time was pressing this morning with the beta info popping up everywhere all at once.

  7. F&F testing:
    “MY DADDY SAYS: NO BETA FOR U!”

  8. I gotta get meself a Blizzard friend…

  9. it’s fake Invites are flying like “gratz u are betatester, pls login with ur bnet accout here”

  10. Thanks for the well written, informative post. =)  Nice to see the known-facts presented clearly!

  11. AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!! I can’t take it anymore!!! BETA NOW!!! Blizzard you are killing meeeeeeeeeeeeee

  12. I can´t wait
    Pls blizz don´t let us suffer anymore.
    We needz beta now!

  13. According to Bashiok on the official forums:

    Gee Sixen, whoever gave you that info sounds like a real dope. You should probably just ask me from now on.

    We will be inviting F&F before we begin the closed beta, but we have not begun inviting yet. We’ll let you know when we do.

  14. Look closely at that launcher…. Forcestrategy  is linked…. -_-

    • lol wtf is up with that? if ForceStrategy is seriously considered Diablo community, that’s sad, it’s a bit of a joke how many people subscribe to that guy when he isn’t even a high masters/grandmasters sc2 player, and he’s trying to tell us how to play.

  15. Are we not friends Blizzard after all these years together… are we not family after I paid for your kids’ braces with all my WoW montly fees? 🙂

  16. They they are doing the friends and family beta then close and then an open ? I was under the impression this beta was for stress testing which would be quick and fast ?

  17. Id like to draw everyones attention to the 2nd last sentence  in the first blue reply.
     
    “As soon as we will be able to open the closed beta for all who registered for it at the battle.net we will officially announce it.”

    For ALL who registered for it…   Man do i hope that was not a translation error.

  18. Does anybody know if there was a F&F beta phase in SC2? And if so, how long did it last before the normal closed beta began?

  19. You guys seems to be sure the F&F beta started, and I can tell you, since i’ve got a friend working at Blizzard that it is not the case. He does not have F&F keys, and he got no news about that. Unless it is F&F US only, and I doubt it is, since they do it company wide for these.

  20. It occurs to me that *IF* F&F aren’t supposed to be sharing… **IF** Blizz doesn’t want these screens going live… ***IF*** there is an NDA, that these screens have (probably) all the info necessary for blizzard to figure out who took the screens and shared them.

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