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Diablo III Open Beta Weekend

Following indications yesterday that more accounts were being granted access to the Diablo III beta test, the Diablo III Website announces the beta will indeed be opened this weekend to anyone with a account for stress testing. The open portion of the beta will begin at 3:00 pm EDT today and will run through Monday at 1:00 pm EDT. The accompanying FAQ explains how this will operate, and notes that while Korean players cannot participate, they will be holding a separate invitation-only event in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. The invitation only closed beta will continue as planned until May 1st. To get a head start, you can download the client now from

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221. Re: Diablo III Open Beta Weekend Apr 25, 2012, 11:49 StingingVelvet
Verno wrote on Apr 25, 2012, 09:20:
Bhruic wrote on Apr 25, 2012, 08:52:
agree with both of you, they could have easily done that, but they didn't and the game as it is is not singleplayer.

The online requirement doesn't affect the nature of gameplay. The singleplayer component is no different in D3 than it is in D2. Forcing you online to play singleplayer doesn't take away the fact you are playing singleplayer. That'd be like saying that Assassins Creed had no singleplayer.

Heck, let's just say for the sake of argument that it is a MP game. People would have a right to complain about server queues on launch day and seek compensation for downtime and other problems with the service like they do in other primarily MP games. The consoles even do that stuff for their online services. So saying "people need to think of it as a MP game" isn't really much of a defense either way, Blizzard is still accountable for ensuring that people have a playable experience to the best of their ability.

It wasn't meant as a defense dude, the requirement makes me sick to my stomach. I'm just saying by always being online, always having that auction house there, always ready for someone to jump in, you're basically soloing a multiplayer game. Which is BAD, to be clear.

What is worse is that it will sell amazingly well anyway and show other publishers they should do the same thing.
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