Here is a Diablo III internal beta video stream from nvsammy. I took some screenshot from his livestream showing the shrines, stash, and other perks such as blacksmith recipes you can bring to the blacksmither to learn how to make armor and weapons. Some spoilers likely, so skip the dialogues if that ain’t your thing.
With the announcement that Diablo III Friends & Family Internal Beta testing has officially begun, and no NDA is required, now we can post the installer screenshots and the EULA. Sorry, I personally don’t like to post Leaks until they are official.
PRE-RELEASE TESTING AGREEMENT
YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING PRE-RELEASE TEST AGREEMENT (THE “AGREEMENT”) BEFORE INSTALLING THIS SOFTWARE PROGRAM. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, YOU MAY NOT INSTALL THIS SOFTWARE PROGRAM.
This pre-release version of the “DIABLO® III” software program and any accompanying materials or documentation (collectively, the “Game”), is the copyrighted work of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (“Blizzard”), or its suppliers. All use of the Game is governed by the terms of this Agreement. This Diablo® III Pre-Release Test (the “Test”) provides a limited opportunity during which certain designated people (“Testers”) are given the opportunity to test the pre-release version of the “Game.” If you are designated by Blizzard as a Tester, then in consideration of your meeting the eligibility requirements set forth below, and agreeing and adhering to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you will be given the opportunity to test the Game.
1. Eligibility. You are only eligible to participate in the Test if:
(i) You are designated by Blizzard as a Tester;
(iii) You are an adult in your country of residence;
(iv) You allow Blizzard to obtain hardware and software information from the computer system that you will use to take part in the Test (the “System”) prior to registration for the Test in order for Blizzard to determine if you are eligible to participate in the Test; and
(v) The System meets the specifications which Blizzard determines are required for the Test.
You understand that Blizzard may change the required system specifications at any time during the Test, and if at any time during the Test your System does not meet the requirements, Blizzard, in its sole discretion, may determine that you are ineligible to continue to participate in the Test.
2. Grant of License. Blizzard grants you a license to install and use one (1) copy of the Game for your use on one (1) computer which you own or control at your place of residence for the purpose of testing the Game. This license is limited, non-exclusive, and can be revoked by Blizzard at any time, for any reason.
3. Distribution of the Game. The “Blizzard Downloader” utility utilizes the ‘upload’ capability of your computer to distribute the Game to other participants of the Test. By accepting the terms of this agreement, you agree that Blizzard may distribute the Game using the upload capacity of the System to ‘upload’ all or part of the Game to other participants of the Test.
4. Confidentiality. The existence of the Test and all elements thereof (including without limitation this Agreement) is confidential, and you agree to maintain secrecy associated with the Test. For purposes of example and not limitation, you agree that you will not disclose the following:
(i) Information about the Test, such as your role as a Tester, the length of the Test, the number of Testers, how you became a Tester, etc.
(ii) Information related to the Game, such as the Game’s look and feel, playable races, classes, combat, magic, communication, grouping, questing, monetary systems, the Game’s non-player character interaction, quests, items, armor, weapons, stability of the Game, etc.
During the Test, Blizzard can announce to Testers that certain information about the Game may be disclosed to the public. After such an announcement, you may disclose information that Blizzard has approved for public disclosure.
5. Ownership. Blizzard owns the Game, including all intellectual property rights in and to the Game and all copies thereof. The Game is protected by the copyright laws of the United States, international treaties and conventions, and other laws. The Game may contain materials licensed by third parties, and the licensors of those materials may enforce their rights in the event of any violation of this Agreement.
6. Tester Responsibilities
(i) You may not copy, photocopy, reproduce, translate, reverse engineer, derive source code from, modify, disassemble, decompile, or create derivative works based on the Game,
(ii) You may not remove any proprietary notices or labels from the Game.
(iii) Without limiting Blizzard’s rights hereunder, you agree that you shall not:
a) sell, rent, lease, lend, license the Game to others, grant a security interest in, or transfer reproductions of the Game and/or the Account to other parties, or let any third person use the Game and/or the Account;
b) exploit the Game or any of its parts for any commercial purpose;
c) host, provide or develop matchmaking services for the Game, or intercept, emulate or redirect the communication protocols used by Blizzard in any way, including without limitation, through protocol emulation, tunneling, packet sniffing, modifying or adding components to the Game, use of a utility program or any other techniques now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose, including without limitation unauthorized network play over the Internet, network play utilizing commercial or non-commercial gaming networks, or as part of content aggregation networks; or
d) facilitate, create or maintain any connection to the Game which has not been authorized by Blizzard, including without limitation any connection to any unauthorized server that emulates, or attempts to emulate, the Game.
7. Consent to Monitor. THE GAME MAY MONITOR YOUR COMPUTER’S RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (RAM) FOR UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAMS RUNNING CONCURRENTLY WITH THE GAME. AN “UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM” IS A THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE, SUCH AS AN “ADDON,” “MOD,” “HACK,” “TRAINER,” OR “CHEAT,” THAT: (i) ENABLES OR FACILITATES CHEATING OF ANY TYPE; (ii) ALLOWS USERS TO MODIFY OR HACK THE GAME INTERFACE, ENVIRONMENT, AND/OR EXPERIENCE; OR (iii) INTERCEPTS, “MINES,” OR OTHERWISE COLLECTS INFORMATION FROM OR THROUGH THE GAME. IF THE GAME DETECTS AN UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM, THE GAME MAY (a) COMMUNICATE INFORMATION BACK TO BLIZZARD THAT COULD INCLUDE YOUR ACCOUNT NAME, IP ADDRESSS, DETAILS ABOUT THE UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM DETECTED, AND THE TIME AND DATE THE UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAM WAS DETECTED; AND/OR (b) TERMINATE YOUR ACCESS TO THE TEST.
8. Termination. Blizzard may terminate this Agreement at any time, for any reason, or for no reason. Upon termination of the Agreement, you must destroy the Game and all documents and materials you received from Blizzard in connection with the Test, and remove any elements of the Game from any hard drives on which the Game has been installed.
9. Feedback. During and after the Test, Blizzard may provide you with an opportunity to provide Blizzard with comments, suggestions and impressions of the Game by using the in-program mechanisms provided to supply feedback and bug reports, internal websites and forums, and such other methods. The Game may also include a tool that will allow the System to forward system and driver information to Blizzard in the event of a crash. This tool will collect data on the System during the crash, and allow you to forward a report to Blizzard via electronic mail.
10. Acknowledgments. You acknowledge that:
(i) the Game is a work in progress and may contain bugs which may cause loss of data and/or damage to the System;
(ii) you have, or will, back-up your hard drive prior to installation of the Game;
(iii) you have the resources necessary to easily reinstall your operating system and restore any and all data that may be lost;
(iv) Blizzard is not liable in any way for the loss of data or damage to the System, interruptions of service, software or hardware failures, or loss of data or disruption of service.
(v) Blizzard may monitor and record any and all communications, electronic or otherwise, pertaining to the Game including, without limitation, packets, chat, email, message board postings, etc.;
(vi) Blizzard may delete or modify the information stored by the Game for any reason at any time during the duration of the Test; and
(vii) Blizzard may transfer software program files to the System, including a program that will collect and send Blizzard CPU, RAM, operating system, video card, and sound card information from the System.
11. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES. THE GAME AND ANY ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTATION IS PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. BLIZZARD DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY AND ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. BLIZZARD IS NOT LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, COMPENSATORY, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT AND YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE TEST.
13. Equitable Remedies. You agree that Blizzard would be damaged if you breach the terms of sections 2,3,5,7, and 10-14 of this Agreement, and if you are in breach of one or more of these sections of the Agreement, Blizzard shall be entitled, without bond, other security, or proof of damages, to appropriate equitable remedies with respect to breaches of this Agreement, in addition to any other legal remedies available to Blizzard.
© 2011 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. Diablo and Blizzard Entertainment are registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other countries.
According to Bashiok, September 7th — around 1am EST, Diablo III Family And Friends Internal Beta Testing has officially begun. Closed Beta will start very soon — which might mean any time within the next few days up to next two weeks considering Q3 ends September 30th.
Bashiok informs this Friends and Family testing has NO NDA which means all the leaks are official Non-NDA and encouraged public videos.
Bashiok: FYI, we’re getting very close to starting the closed public beta test for Diablo III. You might start seeing some new reports about the beta client as we’ve begun limited external testing with employees and their families, and there is no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for that. We look forward to sharing more info about the beta test in the near future. Stay tuned.
If you have a beta license, you are free to show, share, or talk about any portion of the beta content to which you have access, as this beta test is not confidential. — source
Bashiok revealed a few tidbits about the upcoming beta testing. Some bits have been filtered out in interviews, and serve as reassurance for those who missed said interviews.
Beta testing has a length of about two hours of gameplay. However, counting on beta testers to try out the other five classes definitely counts as a 10 hours of basic experience, plus the countless replayability for those who will keep playing throughout the lifespan of the beta test.
This is not a normal beta in the sense of what we have experienced in StarCraft II and World of Warcraft, so don’t take those assumptions with you aboard.
Blizzard has enough internal testers to guarantee a nigh perfect game without a public closed or open beta. If Blizzard wanted to — they could release Diablo III in a couple of months or who knows even sooner. That gives me a sense of awe to know this game development is pretty much ironed out and ready to ship.
What the Diablo III beta test aims for is to test and monitor battle.net 2.0’s performance via stress test. More and more invites will be sent over time as needed.
Some might find these statements disapponting. Many of us are used to beta test for up to three or four months. However, the fact they don’t need more feedback than that of their internal QA Team and family & friends to test the alpha client means Diablo III is closer to release than assumed — and it is a technical matter for this game to be released or not within 2011. I’m game for that. Let beta testing roll, and let Diablo III come out Q4 2011. Gimme !!!!
Beta will only go to Skeleton King?
Bashiok: It’s a couple hours of content, times five classes (times two genders if you want).
The intent of the beta is purely to test hardware, server stability, the launcher, patcher, and other very technical bits. We frankly have more than enough testers in-house to test a game like Diablo III for bugs and balance (I fully expect someone to quote this when the game releases with bugs or imbalance). We really need help from the beta to see how it runs on a wide variety of systems, and how the servers hold up with a large amount of people.
Cutting it off at the Skeleton King gives enough gameplay to hit those intents of the beta, and it’s a great place to stop as it’s also right before some huge spoilers. The game has a fairly straightforward campaign, and so keeping that under wraps is extremely important to us, and we think you’ll ultimately appreciate us protecting the sanctity of the release experience.
how the servers hold up with a large amount of people.” SO that means you’re going to invite a ton of people?
Bashiok: It depends on how active people stay. If concurrency dips, we’ll invite more. If the first wave stays active to the end of beta then we may not invite anyone else.
We’ll just have to see.
Personally I expect the need for lots of continual invites just because of the limited amount of content peoples desire to not ‘spoil’ the final game experience. But we’ll just have to see.— Source
A few days ago, Blizzard Entertainment put a challenge out there for Diablo III fans. Let your beard grow and take a photo. Submit it via Twitter with the #Diableard tag and via email to [email protected]
Pity I shaved my goatie … Anyway, the source link below shows several photos of the Diablo III developers who already have impressive beards. Some fans have been submitting their photos too (see below). Are you up to the challenge?!!
It’s time for a challenge… not a challenge of will, or of strength, or to drink a gallon of milk. This is a challenge of follicular fortitude.
It’s time to grow a beard.
Over the past six months, many members of the Diablo III development team have risen to this challenge themselves — and while you may have some catching up to do, the goal remains the same: grow and maintain the most awe-inspiring Diableard you can, and don’t shave it off until the day Diablo III is released.
Some may choose to go the full distance, cultivating mighty mountain-man beards. Others may decide to trim theirs a bit to avoid the protestations of their loved ones. Whether it be braided, forked, or wild enough to house a family of squirrels, your beard will serve as a beacon of hope for humanity in the coming war against the Burning Hells.
Some of the ladies and less hirsute gentlemen out there may be thinking, “But what about me? My facial hair is fragile and wispy, like the gossamer of dreams.” To you we issue a separate challenge: craft the finest mock-beard you can from any assorted objects or substances you have handy, and then model it for the world to see.
With no release date for the game yet announced, the challenge of developing the ultimate Diableard will push you into limits unknown, but we’re hoping you’ll summon the courage to join the Diablo III developers on their quest.
To participate, simply send your Diableard photos to [email protected] We’ll be collecting the most impressive images of your beards and beard-like constructs to show off on the official Diablo III website as the release of the game approaches.
In the meantime, take a look at these epic Diableards from the Diablo III development team for inspiration. — Source
The Diablo III Beta Testing is approaching perilously with Q3 2011 reaching its critical mass in September 30th. As of today, any day in the next 33 days is potentially Beta Launch time. Which of those days is anyone’s guess.
Lot of rumors abound in the last few days. I won’t confirm or deny any of those. I can only tell you one thing for certain. Eldorian and Medievaldragon will be updating Blizzplanet [“and other venues”] very soon™ to keep you up to date.
Expect live chats and fan petitions, screenshots, videos and a few other surprises.
Again, Blizzplanet will offer a unique coverage that will keep many websites and fans talking and participating. Something we have kept under wraps for nigh two months. Stay tuned, and spread the word in your communities.
Blizzard wants everyone (yes, you too) to run again the Beta Profile Tool. They have updated it, and it will help your chances to get a beta key invite over those who haven’t ran it again. Even if you ran it yesterday, run it again. This is a brand new Beta Profile Tool that needs to be installed and run to obtain non-personal details about your computer.
The beta test approaches! We’ve just updated our System Check program and would like everyone to update their Battle.net Beta Profile information by running the new one. You should do this regardless of whether there have been hardware changes made to your system.
You can run the new System Check by visiting the Beta Profile settings of your Battle.net account:
I don’t have a Beta Profile
If you haven’t yet created a Beta Profile on your Battle.net account you’ll be presented with two download options, PC and Mac, for our System Check program. Running the program will present you with the Beta Test Opt-In Agreement, and once you agree to that it will immediately query basic computer specification information such as your type of video card, processor, and RAM. Clicking the Send button will then upload the shown information to your account.
On your Beta Profile page, you’ll want to ensure you at least have “Diablo Universe” checked for future testing, if not StarCraft and Warcraft as well. That’s it! You’re now eligible for future beta test opportunities.
I have a Beta Profile
If you’ve previously uploaded your system info you should use the links to download the new System Check program for PC or Mac and update your system info. Run the program, read through the Beta Test Opt-In Agreement that appears, and once you agree to that the program will immediately query your basic computer specification information. Click Send and the program will automatically update your profile with your system specifications. You’ll remain opted in for whichever beta tests you’ve previously selected, and you can change these selections on your Beta Profile page at any time.
Having current system specifications and checking the franchise boxes to express interest in beta testing our future products does not guarantee your entry into the beta test. We will grant a very limited number of people entry from the entire pool of those interested, based on their system specifications and other factors. While having an official Battle.net Beta Profile is one way to potentially get in, we’ll have information on other ways to increase your chances as we draw closer to the beta test. — Source
Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the timelapse video of The Making of the Diablo Mural shown at Hahnentorburg Rudolfplatz. It is important to all GamesCom 2011 attendees to attend Hahnentorburg for a chance at a Diablo III beta key. Contest details at the bottom. Additionally, IGN UK nominated Diablo III for the IGN People’s Choice Award. You can vote for Diablo III here.
As part of Blizzard Entertainment’s presence at gamescom 2011, artist Manfred Stader has created a bespoke piece of Diablo III street art. The image depicts Diablo accompanied by demons bursting forth from the very streets of Cologne. What’s unique about the image, aside from the content, is that it has been designed to be viewed in full 3D perspective. As a result, it produces an unnerving glimpse into The Burning Hells themselves.
The artist began production of this very special piece on Monday August 15, situated at Hahnentorburg Rudolfplatz in central Cologne.
Don’t forget we have also organised a competition based on your photographs of this artwork — you can find details about that here.
Diablo’s Burning Hells contest: Win Access to the Beta for one of our Upcoming Games
Attention gamescom goers: a portal to Diablo’s Burning Hells has been sighted at Rudolfplatz in Cologne! To celebrate this terrifying development, Blizzard is giving those witnessing the event a chance to win access to the beta phase for one of our upcoming games.
If you are in Cologne and wish to participate, please follow these simple instructions:
- Head over to Rudolfplatz, next to the Hahnentor. (map link).
- Gather up the courage to stand on the brink of the portal and have a friend take a picture of you. Make sure you put on your bravest face to confront Diablo!
- On Twitter, post a link to the image with the hashtag #D3GC11, and an “@reply” to our @Diablo account.
Members of the Blizzard community team will look over the posted pictures during the weeks following gamescom and pick the best ones. Please consider following the @Diablo account so Blizzard can get in touch with you via direct message in case you’re one of the lucky winners.
For all the details on the contest, please read the rules available here.
While checking my Battle.net account for any new changes, I noticed my StarCraft II links were completely gone. I launched StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and downloaded the latest patches. The StarCraft II Battle.net server seems to be operating normally, but when I go to the Battle.net Account page — StarCraft II is simply gone.
It might be completely unrelated to Diablo III beta testing, but I just had to inform something is going on and that Battle.net developers are doing some tweaks behind-the-scenes. There doesn’t seem to be any Maintenance notices in the Battle.net Status forum.
Update: Two hours later (10:00pm EST / -5GMT) the Battle.net Account page now shows the StarCraft II text, icons and links. I was checking every 30-40 minutes, and it was all gone until now. Mysterious unscheduled Battle.net maintenance. Surely going to hype some people up. The Blizzard Customer Service twitter, StarCraft II Twitter, and all forums are silent on the matter.