It has arrived everyone. Put the tinfoil hats away on beta start up, and get them primed for release speculation. The Diablo III Reaper of Souls Friends and Family Beta Test has begun and the closed beta is shortly on the way. I think it’s safe now to say Flux was wrong on his late 2014 Reaper of Souls release date prediction, but I don’t want to jinx it.
Here’s the official news from Blizzard:
Participants in the Reaper of Souls Friends and Family Beta are not required to abide by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). As a result, you may see coverage in the form of articles, videos, streams, and forum posts appear over the next few weeks regarding various features and changes in the expansion. When reviewing this coverage, please keep in mind that the Friends and Family Beta is still an early glimpse at Reaper of Souls, which means that all content is subject to change before release. We also encourage you to be mindful of story spoilers, as the Friends and Family Beta includes the entire expansion, excluding the final boss fight.
There doesn’t seem to be any NDA so we can post screenshots, full info, stream gameplay, etc, and we’re all furiously-downloading and installing the RoS demo right this moment. Expect Diablo IncGamers to be filled now with heaps of reports from all of us on our new experiences and feel free to let us know what you’re eager to hear more on.
If you’re interested in participating in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, please make sure you’ve opted-in for beta testing. You can do this by adjusting your Beta Profile Settings under the Account Management section of your Battle.net Account. Please note that opting in to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta will not guarantee you access, but it will at least give you a chance at joining our beta test.
In tandem with all this good news is wait for it….more good news. The PTR will be coming soon for loot 2.0 and as we know it the last patch before the xpac!
Anyone with the Battle.net Desktop App and Diablo III license will be able to participate in PTR testing.
We’ll have more information on how to access the Public Test Region when it launches.
We’re incredibly excited about kicking off our public tests for Reaper of Souls, and look forward to collecting your feedback. The End of Days is coming!
Okay take a breath, take it all in. What are your thoughts on this huge news? Bummed you didn’t get in yet? Excited for the open beta? Sound off in the comments!
Update: Install pictures if you want to live vicariously.