Diablo IV open beta is coming this March
Blizzard announced back in December last year that Diablo IV is scheduled to launch this June, but fans will be able to test a limited version of the game as early as next month. To hype things up for maybe the most anticipated game of 2023, Blizzard also released an in-game cinematic intro.
The open beta will have two stages. Those who pre-purchase Diablo IV versions for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Series X/S consoles, as well as for Windows PC, will automatically gain access to an early access test scheduled for March 17 - 19. There is also the March 24 -26 test that can be accessed by everyone. As always, there will be early access codes distributed via social media and game streaming platforms, so keep an eye out for these if you want to get open beta access for two more days.
As far as content is concerned, the open beta will grant access to the Prologue and Act 1 of the campaign along with the entire Fractured Peaks initial zone. Character level cap will be limited to level 25. This will be a great opportunity for Blizzard to test server stability and other technical aspects, so players will most likely experience lag, frame rate issues or even server downtime as the developers deploy quick fixes for various problems.
Next Tuesday, on February 28 at 11 AM PST, Blizzard will livestream a developer update with lead world designer Art Peshkov, lead system designer Meng Song and game director Joe Shelly. This will be available on the official Diablo Twitch account and YouTube channel, and will detail the open beta, plus reveal the new Stronghold and Armor systems.