After a relatively slow day of Blue posts today, Blizzard’s own Zarhym brightened up the mood by saying that the Beta is on the “final stage” of being released. Yes I know what you’re thinking, “Yeah we’ve heard that before!” but here is what Blizzard’s Zarhym had to say in a response to a user who asked why “Blizzard is so opposed to increasing the amount of testers”.

    1. Start with a small sample audience to test stability
    2. Take bug and crash report feedback; act on them quickly
    3. Release new patches to make some very necessary changes in the small test environment
    4. Keep testing stability while adding new battle.net/infrastructure components
    5. If everything is running incredibly smooth after steps 1-4, invite people from the general public to open the flood gates on stress testing and get focused gameplay feedback/bug reports

    This is a very layman’s description, but the point is we have to slowly throttle in more people to test the game as we continue to create new builds and work out new battle.net functionality. Once the environment is stable and many of the core features are there, we then start to invite the masses.

    I’d feel remiss in not mentioning this: we absolutely want everyone to play this game as soon as possible. But to make that a reality, we must first excel in both content and deliverance. (So let’s put on our classics and we’ll have a little dance, shall we?) 😉

    Here’s where it gets a bit more interesting:

    im guessing we are on step 4 right now?

    Basically, yea. 🙂 We’re getting really close! That’s the good news.

    That’s probably the closest a blue has gotten to revealing something close to a time-frame for the start of Closed Beta, so we can assume that things are definitely moving in there. According to Zarhym’s comments, they are at the stage where they are trying to keep the server stable while they add things in the background that scale up the capacity of the servers.

    I think it’s reasonable to assume that so long as no more major bugs occur during the next update, then Beta will surely follow in a matter of days.

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