Diablo 3 will be released on May 15 and to prevent the collapse servers on the day, Blizzard decided to give free access to the beta time for a weekend. The objective is clear: to test the resistance of the physical infrastructure of the group and correct the concerns of latency and disconnection before the official launch of the game
Want to survey the world of Sanctuary before official release of Diablo 3 ? Less than a month of arrival of the famous hack and slash, Blizzard decided time to open a weekend its servers to enable everyone to test it. As of Friday, April 20th at 21:01 until 19:00 Monday, April 23, players can download the game client, retrieve the necessary data and connect to Battle.net.
In outline, free access will offer the same rights as guest players in the closed beta. It will be possible to change her character to level 13 and test the game five classes (barbarian, wizard, demon hunter, monk and healer). However, access to forums on Diablo 3, certain deeds and testing of the auction house real money will be disabled.
For Blizzard, it is not only to promote Diablo 3. Giving free access to its servers, the studio will primarily develop a good stress test to check the stability of the servers and detect trouble at latency. For indeed, the infrastructure of the company will be sorely tested on May 15, when thousands of players log at midnight to play.
This is what Blizzard is looking for: the servers fail, offer a gaming experience poor or disconnect the player. So much for those who wanted to play in good conditions. For the company, it is preferable that the pleasure the beta is limited to delivering a good gaming experience when Diablo 3 will be there.
"Good! We know it is not ideal for you, but that's exactly why we are organizing an open beta. We hope that by simulating the avalanche of players who will arrive on May 15 servers, we can detect any problems and try to make sure an official launch as successful as possible"It said in the FAQ.
After Monday, April 23 to 19 hours, players who accessed Diablo 3 via the "weekend open house" hosted by Blizzard can no longer access the beta. Only those who had been invited as part of the closed beta can. It will also end soon, since it was announced this week that the servers will close May 1. Characters and items are removed.