After the August 4 update, by Wyatt Cheng, we learned that Diablo Immortal had reached the milestone of entering the internal company-wide playtest phase.
That means that Diablo Immortal is now playable by members of the World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo 4, Hearthstone, and Classic Games teams; as well as satellite offices: Texas, New York, Shanghai, Taipei, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Sydney, and Tokyo.
A few days ago, lead designer Wyatt Cheng revealed that Diablo Immortal Internal Testing would begin in upcoming weeks.
On Tuesday, August 11 at 6:50am — a Reddit Discord member that goes by the nickname SnowTyrant posted a cryptic message and left for over 24 hours that had us speculating what he meant: “I heard some whispers… Tomorrow is a BIG day.”
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The Activision Blizzard ATVI Q2 2020 event was held in August 4 at 1:30pm US Pacific Time. During the event, they announced that Diablo Immortal Alpha (internal test) is slated to start in the coming weeks.
It is confirmed that “internal test” refers to company-wide employee only testing. Up to this point, the game had been tested internally by the Diablo Team. It will open up to the entire Blizzard company: WoW team, Overwatch team, Classic Games team, and other umbrella teams: Texas, Ireland, Taiwan, China, Paris, etc.
Once that internal playtest ends, there will be steps for a Regional Test. Now, according to MrMesli, this means there won’t be a random pick of players. If the Regional Test started in India, and/or Brasil — everyone in those regions can participate.
A BlizzCon online stream is expected early 2021. BlizzCon 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19.