Official Diablo III Beta FAQ

Blizzard has posted a Beta FAQ, along with some information about opting in to the upcoming Beta test. Here’s a quote of the intro; click through for the full FAQ.

Interested in signing up for an advance look at Diablo’s coming invasion of Sanctuary? To be eligible to participate in the Diablo III beta test, you need an active account with any Blizzard game title attached to it. If you don’t already have an account, it’s easy to create one. Once you’ve set up a account, or if you’ve already got one, you can access it by visiting and clicking the Account button on the upper right. Then, to opt into the beta, just click the Games & Codes section of your Account Management page, and then select the Beta Profile Settings option from the drop-down menu. You’ll be prompted to download the System Check beta opt-in application; running it will opt you in to the Diablo III beta. If your system specifications change, you can run the System Check application again to update your information.

While running the System Check application doesn’t guarantee you a place in the Diablo III beta, we wish you luck and hope to see you in Sanctuary.

Click through to read the full FAQ, though it’s vague and non-specific enough that you’ll surely want more details. It also doesn’t address on thing we’ve seen a lot of wonder about: Will there be Hardcore in the beta?


How are beta test participants selected from the opt-in pool?
Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including an element of luck. Our goal is to have a good variety of system types to best test compatibility.

Will there be any other ways to get into the beta besides the opt-in?
We’ll very likely be providing beta entry giveaways through various promotions on our sites, as well as through our official fansites. We’ll have information available on these promotions as they approach.

How many players do you plan to invite to the beta test?
The number of players we invite will be based on our testing needs. If during the course of testing we determine we need more players to participate, we’ll invite more.

What game content will be available in the beta?
You’ll be able to try out all five character classes and experience the early stages of Diablo III from the start of the game through the Skeleton King encounter. You’ll be able to interact with new and returning characters in New Tristram and fight the reawakened evils emanating from the cursed Tristram Cathedral.

Will the PvP arenas be available in the beta?
We don’t plan to include the PvP arenas in the beta test.

How long will the beta test last?
We have not determined an exact date for the end of the beta test. We will notify participants when the beta test is nearing completion.

Will the Diablo III Auction House be available in the beta?
We currently plan to test the functionality of the Diablo III gold-based auction house sometime after the initial beta launch.

Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta?
Yes, Mac users will be able to participate in the beta at the same time as Windows users.

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  1. Nice, thanks for the heads up.

  2. just around the corner…

  3. Old. Just want the beta. I know my chance to get in is almost zero, but i’m eager to see some livestreams

    • Well if they are attempting to test the server load then it might actually not be that unlikely. I know everyone wants to get in the beta but if they are really attempting to test the load the servers will be under once the game is released, they will need a lot of people to be in the beta. They also have stated previously that they think there will be a pretty high turnover rate, aka a lot of people will finish the beta content and then stop playing, in which case they said they will most likely be sending out more waves of keys. So I think overall the likelihood of individuals without connections getting beta keys might not be as bad as we think.
      At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

  4. This may be a stupid question, but around how much game time is there between the start of the game to the Skeleton King encounter? If I remember right, one of the Diablo podcasts talked about the beta stuff they played being really short. I mean, I imagine I’ll play through the whole thing as each class (multiple times even), but is it even an hour of game?

    • I’ve heard times ranging from about 1 hour to about 2 hours, but ofc this was probably their first time through so it may take less time on a fifth character.

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