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It wasn’t that long ago that Diablo IV beta files were found on Battle.net. It also won’t be long before players finally get the chance to try the game for themselves. Blizzard has announced an endgame beta to take place later this fall.
Lilith’s return was a big part of Diablo IV’s announcement (director Joe Shelly even wears a shirt with the queen in beta announcement video), but Blizzard doesn’t want to spoil anything about that story. As such, this beta will focus on post-campaign endgame content.
The more detailed developer update blog post lists some of the activities that players can look forward to. Experienced players will be pleased to hear about Nightmare Dungeons, a new difficulty level that adds special modifiers to previous conquests. Each dungeon has a unique Nightmare Sigil, and finding it unlocks the ability to dive back into the Nightmare difficulty. Other high-level activities in the beta include PvP zones called Fields of Hatred, public event battles called Helltides, and smaller tasks called Whispers of the Dead. Level 50 players can also make use of Paragon Boards to further strengthen their characters – this should also be a good time to try out the new game-changing legendary mechanic.
The endgame beta does not yet have a set date, nor will it have optional sign-ups. See our guide on how to qualify for the beta if you’re interested. If you don’t make the cut, you’ll still be able to jump into the public exams next year. All betas will be available on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One, with crossplay enabled.
These public tests will come in 2023, which is also when Diablo IV will be released. The Diablo franchise, along with Call of Duty and Overwatch, is coming to Game Pass as part of Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, though it’s unclear whether Diablo IV itself will be available on the service at launch.