Today Blizzard has announced that it has begun sending invites to “chosen heroes” to beta test the highly anticipated Diablo III. Those who have opted in via their Battle.net accounts are the ones being chosen for the closed beta. While not everyone who opted in will be chosen, Blizzard does make mention that it will be providing opportunities for those who did not get an invite by giving away beta keys through promotions and giveaways.
Diablo III has been a long awaited continuation of the Diablo series since the release of Diablo II back in 2001, with Blizzard announcing the development of Diablo III two years ago at Blizzcon. The first waves of participants were selected from North America, along with the 1,000 people who were promised access at Blizzcon. While there is no word on how many people will be invited into the closed beta.
Participants in the beta will be fighting their way through Act I as any of the five hero classes – barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, and demon hunter – and go against the Skeleton King, taking him on alone or cooperatively with other adventurers, Blizzard said. Players will also meet up with some of the artisans, followers, and other key characters from Sanctuary and get to try out the game’s skill and crafting systems.
And remember to be careful of phishing attempts! If you are unsure if you are a target of an attack, simply log into your Battle.net account and add the beta key manually to see if it works or if you were invited into the beta at all.