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    Blue replies to a few points worth reading, from Friday afternoon.

    A fan asked if the content of the “Friends & Family” beta would differ at all from the full “Enemies & Strangers” beta, and got a reply from Bashiok.

    F&F and closed beta are the same thing content-wise (meaning up to Skeleton King) and NDA-wise (meaning there isn’t one), although we may be patching in some content as we go – it’s just a difference between who’s invited. F&F is, of course, friends and family, and we have some terms in place to ensure press and fansites are starting out at the same time by not having some but not others invited as a friend or family. In some cases those rules weren’t followed and we had to pull back some people’s access until the whole press/fansite list is ready to be allowed in. Just some simple mistakes leading to far too much confusion.

    Hopefully that clears it up.

    And before you ask, no we don’t know when the full closed beta will begin. Testing is going really well so far but we do have some issues we want to try to resolve first.


    We have it on good authority that the closed beta is due to begin on 16th, this was the case a few weeks ago and as far as we know is still on track but of course it’s always subject to slippages.

    Click through for more Blue comments on the Templar’s voice actor, localized versions of the Beta, and the red target outline.

    You’ve probably heard the DiabloWikiTemplar speaking in the various gameplay movies, and if you’re a Star Trek fan and you thought his voice was familiar, you were right.

    After watching several vids of gameplay today it occurred to me that the Templar sounds like Dominic Keating who played Malcolm Reed on Star Trek:Enterprise. I could not however find any confirmation of this. I checked Wikipedia and IMDB but couldn’t verify this. Does anyone know? It really does sound like him.
    Bashiok: It is! Good ear.


    A fan pointed out that there is no toggle on/off option for the targeting highlight, and remembers that Bashiok said we would have such a thing. CM Zhydaris replies that there will be more options in the final game, without specifically confirming anything to modify the DiabloWikired target outline.

    You’re right, there’s no toggle option for the red outline in the current version of the beta, but please keep in mind that several options are currently missing and/or not available.

    The release version will include more options related to graphics and gameplay.


    Finally, a long and somewhat confusing series of replies on the UE forums states that the only beta servers now online are in North America, and that the Beta client will be English-only. Though there will be numerous localized versions of Diablo III upon the full game launch, of course.

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