Josh Mosqueira: Reaper of Souls Beta Test May Start This Year

A new Josh Mosqueira interview from Gamescom with Korean site Players Cut, in which he answers numerous short questions with a yes, no, or maybe. Most of them are technical stuff about the story and lore, but more general topics came in halfway through and the one that everyone’s going to seize on Josh’s reply to a question about the Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls beta test start time. Here’s the exact quote of that one, which you can hear at 7:33 in the video:

Question: “I hope that Blizzard can put up the first beta test of Reaper of Souls within this year.”
Josh, “Yes.”

Before anyone gets too excited, note that “hope” does not equal “it will happen.” Also note that the interviewer didn’t say “Public beta.” Game developers generally begin beta tests on internal servers with only a few employees playing. They gradually expand to include more internal testers, then friends and family, then some media and other connected types, and finally go “public” and when they begin to really scale up the number of testers. So the RoS beta could indeed get underway this year, but not get to the public testing phase until well into 2014.

Still, it’s good news that they’re even far enough along to think about starting up the Beta! Here’s the full interview, with more transcript below:

Most of the questions in this are very technical stuff about lore and story, and Josh seems to really enjoy them. Probably it was nice to get a change from the usually run of general questions, and I thought it was nice to hear more about the story and the lore, even if that’s not my main area of interest.

The following are paraphrases of most of the questions Josh answered “Yes.” to. There were at least a couple of dozen others that got “No.” replies, and many more “Maybe.” answers, some of which Josh’s reply appeared to mean, “Yes, but I’m not going give out that information yet.”

Josh said yes to the following:

In the cinematic, Tyrael’s sword wouldn’t hurt Malthael, the former Angel of Justice, which implies that Malthael’s behavior is just and righteous.

There’s a new historian in D3X, taking the lore-explaining role we saw filled by Cain and DiabloWikiAbd al-Hazir in D3C.

The Pandemonium Fortress will loook very different in D3X than it did in D2.

The Crusader has a stronger spell than the Paladin.

The Warrior class from Diablo 1 was an influence on Crusader’s design.

The Crusader’s Wrath resource is different than Barbarian’s Fury resource.

Reaper of Souls has the same PC requirements as D3C.

Exact quote on this one: “I hope that Blizzard can put up the first beta test of Reaper of Souls within this year.” Josh, “Yes.”

Much more info about RoS will come at Blizzcon. Yes yes yes.

I want a Josh Mosqueira monster as an Easter Egg in in RoS so I can knock it down? Yes (says Josh).

Josh spoke more in a question about how the Crusader and the Paladin differ. Summary of his reply: “The Crusader and Paladin are from the same order. While the Paladins traveled West to spread the Zakarum faith, the Crusaders are an elite order within the Paladins. Individuals are chosen to become Crusaders if they demonstrate a stronger capacity to embody the power of the Paladin. The Crusaders splintered off to form their own sect within the order. One cool lore bit is that there’s only a fixed number of Crusaders. Each one of them takes on an apprentice, and when the Crusader falls their apprentice takes the shield and role of the master, and choose a new apprentice to follow him/her.”

Beta news = excite? Anyone really into the lore who wants to listen to the first 5 minutes of this one and break down any new revelations to the rest of us? Thanks to Mark and Nobbie for the news tip.

Update: I tacked on a vote because why not?

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  1. “Maybe.” answers, some of which Josh’s reply appeared to mean, “Yes, but I’m not going give out that information yet.”

    Great interview :thumbup: and some of this maybies really sounded like that. I really don’t care when beta starts but I hope that collector’s edition will be usefull :crazyeyes:

  2. Translation: The RoS beta is PLANNED for this year, and Josh HOPES that they can meet the deadline. 😉

    This is not surprising at all, as I expect a May 2014 release.

  3. The only major point is that Cain’s prediction about Fate (“Fate lies shattered forever”) hasn’t happened yet.

    Josh’s “maybe” to the question about whether RoS takes place in the same year as D3C, makes me think there’s less than a year between the games, so it may or may not be in the same year depending what month D3C started in and how long it took.

    I thought it was good to hear we’ll be fighting some demons as well as reapers, and that the Angiris council will be appearing.

  4. QUOTE: when the Crusader falls their apprentice takes the shield and role of the master, and choose a new apprentice to follow him/her.

    I wonder if this is a hint about a gameplay addition. Maybe play as the follower upon death? I don’t know, but sounds interesting.

    • Could be. Note the other bit, “Takes the shield … of the master.”

      So clearly there’s no Auction House in Sanctuary.

      • Actually that sounds allot like D2 corpse run.

        Only with new char… could make an interesting concept for hardcore if it was translated in some mechanic ( besides paragon ) … or maybe not.


    • Give me a break, dude. One year has passed, and now look at the planned features.

      PS: I want Josh’s t-shirt!

      • Look at the planned features one year before D3 was released. Planned means nothing. Before release there was skill progression, charms, proper PvP, etc, and there is the Mystic which they are planning to sell us a second time, yet they failed to deliver in the first time.

  6. King Leonic! lol

  7. Sign of beta?!

  8. This is mere speculation, but there are a few things that went through my mind after finishing D3 and after watching this new cinematic:

    1)Malthael was the Angel of Wisdom and the one who was sought for knowledge and advice about all subjects, including battle plans for the Eternal War

    2)After the events of the Sin Wars, the discovery of the Nephalem (humans) and the destruction of the Worldstone, Malthael left the Angiris Council and went to the Void to seek further knowledge about life and death.
    The Void is also mentioned as being the place where Trag’Oul and Rathma reside and the place where Lilith was sent after being banished by Inarius.

    3) Malthael returns as ‘Death’, takes the Black Soulstone containing the Prime Evils and leaves his ‘army’ of Death Maiden in Sanctuary to destroy all the ‘demon blood’.
    By ‘demon blood’, he means the humans/Nephalem who happen to be created by both Angels and Demons and therefore an ‘abomination’ to him.

    4) Tyrael’s sword cannot cut those who are ‘Just’ and Malthael isn’t hurt by his sword, leading me to believe Malthael isn’t the cliché of Evil, but more of an Anti-Hero trying to end the Eternal War once and for all.

    5) In the cinematic, Malthael doesn’t kill/consume Tyrael’s essence. Instead he seems to ‘inspect’ Tyrael for any sign of humanity or ‘demon blood’.
    Since Tyrael is/was an Angel and he wasn’t bred by both Angels and Demons, he cannot simply turn into a Nephalem and therefore he isn’t killed by Malthael.

    This negates your theory of Tyrael being Belial in disguise, or else he would have been killed.
    This also leads me to believe that we might still see Tyrael back in his original Angel form, unless they really wanted to be as ‘literal’ as to follow Christianity’s version of Heaven and Hell.

    6) Hell is in complete chaos without the Prime and Lesser Evils commanding, now would be the perfect chance for other entities to rise into power and seek the destruction of Sanctuary and the Heavens.
    Yes, I’m talking about the eternally tortured and corrupted Inarius.

    7) I believe that we won’t see a lot of demons in this expansion (having in mind that is just one Act), instead we will have a quick glimpse at what’s happening in Hell, as a tease for what’s coming in a future expansion.
    This means that Adria will probably remain hidden for now.

    8) I still suspect that Adria is in fact Lilith, who has returned after being banished for thousands of years.
    Lilith is a manipulator and has taken the disguise of women other times before D3, she was Diablo’s niece and helped Inarius create Sanctuary.
    She made alterations to the Black Soulstone before you find it (Zoltun Kulle’s speech confirms this) and she may have in fact screwed over both Lesser Evils and the Prime Evil in order to keep Hell without leadership.

    If I could bet, I would bet in a second expansion with Inarius and Lilith.

    As for classes, I doubt Blizzard will add a second class to this expansion because they have all interest in bringing these game mechanic changes as soon as possible.
    However, if they do then lore-wise it makes perfect sense to bring back the Necromancer, having in consideration that the Children of Rathma (necromancers) seek to maintain the Balance between life and death.
    With Malthael coming from the Void and slaughtering millions of lives, the necromancers would be forced to intervene.

    • Lol they didnt confirmed anything, untill BlizzCon is FINISHED anything is possible…Lets just play the speculation game BUT trying to keep our expectations low.

      • “untill BlizzCon is FINISHED anything is possible”

        Er, no, Blizzard would announce on the first day of Blizzcon the new content in D3X such as a new character; OR they would announce a special event for a particular day when they would then announce the new character.

        In other words, 1/2 way through the first day of Blizzcon we would either know of a new character, or know when one was going to be revealed, so thus wouldn’t have to wait until the end of Blizzcon.

  9. Wonderful interview. I just need to take this moment to say that I truly enjoy Josh Mosquiera, he seems to really care about Diablo and all the fans, not to mention he’s always very happy and respectful. After the “F**k that loser” comment from Jay Wilson, I simply lost all respect for him.

    I do believe that Diablo III has finally gotten the director it should have always had.

  10. i wonder if that lore bit about crusaders having an apprentice if that means there might also be a new crusader follower in the game too? that only crusaders can get? that would be cool

  11. I just want to thank Mosqueira for the visibility on D3X they’re giving. Thank you.

  12. Mosqueira is *significantly* easier on the eyes than Mr. Wilson. 🙂

  13. Beta would probably be what they have for the demo at Gamescom.

  14. I thought Blizzard public Beta was always at least 6 months… Given that I doubt even a May release will be very hard to achieve. Let’s await the Blizzcon 😉

    BTW: I voted Q4 2014

  15. The keyword here is _MAY_ 🙂 Beta may be out also tomorrow, but we wont see it untill late 2014 in my opinion. This is blizzard we are talking about.

  16. Fantastic news and interview, even though the strange gestures when answering yes, no and maybe really flew over my head. Was the interviews BOTH not able to pronounce ´R´ as well as being deaf? Hmmm…

    Either way, my gut feeling says that internal testing has already started in the Ivrine headquarters, even if the expansion and all it´s systems are definitely not finalized yet. I have a feeling that the F&F beta will start around November-December, with the closed beta started as soon as January, a sweel 5 months before the release in May 2014.

    Either way, I am SO READY for this expansion, and have a strong feeling that we are going to get quite a few more annoucements regarding inferno and it´s difficulty (perhaps higher mp´s with better drops? different aspects and mods of trials?) at Blizzcon.


  17. this looks really sweet to me.
    i love when the say nothing about pvp and ladders and sh*t coz D3 does not need that.
    new endgame looks nice
    new class looks great
    i love the few feats we know now , i think we get more at blizzcon
    can’t wait for this expansion
    i really like this new game director.

  18. A lot of optimistic people voting.

  19. This has been my favourite interview from Gamescom.

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