Screenshots have popped up from anonymous sources, claiming to be from beta testers who have found a way to enter additional content in the Diablo 3 Beta. The screenshots all show monsters and areas from the Fields of Misery and its sub-areas. That is the next surface area in the game, which is accessed through that locked gate at the north of the Cemetery of the Forsaken. (We previously saw this area in Blizzard’s “Inferno is really hard” video from Blizzcon 2011.)
The gate will clearly unlock in the full game after some quest or accomplishment. Perhaps even with Leah coming along with the key, as she does in Old Tristram. You can see this area and most of the rest of Act One in the dozens of screenshots Risingred posted in various galleries, but those were all taken from an emulator, and thus have no functional monsters.
These shots are definitely previews of what we’ll see later in Act One… it’s just unknown if someone’s actually seeing it now in the beta, or if these screenshots are clever fakes created with an emulator and some Photoshop post production.
If anyone knows a supposed method, mail it in and we’ll confirm/deny, while preserving your anonymity. Thanks to Aranam and KERMIz for the news tip.