Diablo IV unexpectedly announced that a closed end-game beta is coming soon. Selected participants will be invited to join.
Diablo IV closed beta announced to focus on end game
- type: ARPG, Hack and Slash
- developed by: Blizzard Entertainment
- Published by: Activision Blizzard
- release date: 2023
- platform: Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Surprise, heroes of the shelter! The head of development for Diablo IV, Rod Ferguson, and Joe Shelley has announced an upcoming closed beta. This update is rather surprising, as developers usually stick to a regular quarterly update schedule. In these types of updates, they focus more on post-launch monetization, seasons, necromancer classes, ambient art, or legendary items. Until now, they rarely talked about endgames.
This is not my final form
ARPG endgames have long been a staple of the genre, especially in Diablo. Who can forget the various Mephisto or Uber in Diablo 2? Or till the Rift Valley like there is no tomorrow? Or are the various endgame systems of Path of Exile getting more and more complicated?
So it’s great to hear that Ferguson and Shirley have enough confidence that their current Diablo IV endgame is ready for more people to experience it. It’s also a good sign that a 2023 release date for the game is increasingly likely. We can even stop Virgin Lilith in the first half of next year.
The team does want to reiterate that this is a closed game beta. This means they initially pick a small group of players based on game data. People who were very active in the final game of Diablo III and the resurrection of Diablo II were more likely to be selected. This doesn’t necessarily mean that content creators automatically get a pass. The closed beta will also be kept secret, with feedback only available through Blizzard for now.
The end of Diablo IV
This closed beta of Diablo IV will only contain the endgame aspect. At least there won’t be any activity during this time. That’s because the developers don’t want to make Lilith’s story public yet. It looks like there may be some twists and turns waiting for players.
Another reason is that they admit that endgame is something that most die-hard fans will get into. Therefore, the experience needs to be as smooth and fulfilling as possible. They need to receive feedback from the most hardcore players to see how well all their systems are doing.
New Paragon Boards, Legendary items, and other intricacies need to be tested to see how much fun they make for the game overall.
What’s in the box?
Diablo IV’s Endgame closed beta was also announced to have some systems that players can access. These are Infernal Tides, Nightmare Dungeons, Whispers of the Dead, Realms of Hatred, and the aforementioned Paradigm boards.
Welcome to the tide of hell
The new Helltide is a zone-wide server event that can occur randomly. Players who have achieved World Level 3: Nightmare difficulty are eligible for the Helltide event to occur. During this nightmarish event, monsters throughout the region have been strengthened. This provides the hero with greater rewards, but at the cost of greater challenges.
Enemies empowered by Infernal Tides will drop Cinder Currency, which is used to open special Infernal Tides chests. Heroes of the sanctuary must be careful, however, as dying while carrying cinders can cause this precious resource to fall to the ground.
Unlike previous Diablo games, it looks like individual dungeons will get difficulty levels. Nightmare Dungeon is just that, a dungeon with Nightmare-level difficulty. These unlock once the player receives a lucky drop called the Nightmare Mark.
Nightmare Sigils act as keys to specific dungeons that are hidden in the world and have certain properties. Monsters in opened dungeons will receive modifiers based on the sigil used to open their lair.
In practice, this might mean enemies with more affixes, dropping certain types of loot, or more enemy spawns.
Different Nightmare dungeons and their respective sigils will start unlocking for players who get higher tiers for them.
Whispers of the Dead
The dead never really die, especially with the creatures in the Diablo series. Players will be able to hear and track the whispers of the dead, calling upon them to grant their last wishes. Finding and completing these small quests will grant the player ruthless support currency.
Grim Favors can be traded for different kinds of loot on the Whispering Tree. This endgame system will be locked behind a specific questline in the main game. Closed Beta players will have immediate access to the Whispering Tree.
realm of hatred
A little bloodthirsty player, who misses the thrill of PVP, will feel at home in the land of hatred. Born out of the wrath of Mephisto, Lord of Hatred himself, the Realm of Hatred is a PvPvE area where players must fight demons and fight each other to collect special seeds of hatred.
This new resource will need to be smashed to dust at the nearby Altar of Refinement. Seeds of Hatred drop on death, so you must be wary of any hostile players lurking nearby. Red Dust can be used to purchase various cosmetics and mounts from special PvP item vendors.
The Arrival of Diablo IV
For more on how the game has progressed so far, check out previous quarterly updates: October 2021 Sound Design and July 2021 Lessons and Visual Customization. Be sure to visit the Diablo IV Wiki to keep up with Lilith’s latest developments.
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