With the highly anticipated Diablo IV open beta arriving this weekend, there's no better time to familiarize yourself with everything you need to know about the latest addition to the massively popular action-RPG franchise from Blizzard Entertainment!
In this guide we'll cover everything from the gameplay mechanics to system requirements, as well as some essential tips to help you get the most out of the open beta this weekend!
Diablo IV Open Beta Details
The gameplay mechanics in Diablo IV have been refined and expanded upon, taking the best elements from the previous installments in the franchise while also introducing new innovations. Combat is promised to be fluid and dynamic, with powerful skills and abilities that will allow players to decimate their enemies.
New Classes & Skills
Diablo IV introduces new classes, each with their unique skillsets and abilities. Returning classes like the Barbarian and Sorceress are joined by the new Druid and Rogue classes, both of which are set to offer some fresh gameplay experiences for both veterans and newcomers alike.
During the beta, players will have the ability to assume five of Diablo IV's classes; the Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Rogue, and Sorcerer.
Players will be allowed a maximum of 10 chracters per Battle.net account. Blizzard has recommended playing different classes once you have reached level 25 with a character.
Visuals & World Design
The world of Sanctuary has been beautifully realized in Diablo IV, with stunning visuals and atmospheric environments that immerse players in the dark and foreboding world of Sanctuary. Players will be able to explore vast open-world regions teeming with dangerous creatures, secrets, as well as discover powerful treasures.
Multiplayer & Trading
Diablo IV offers seamless multiplayer integration, allowing players to team up and tackle the game's challenging content together. The trading system has also been revamped, enabling a more dynamic and player-driven economy.
During the beta, console players will have access to co-op modes via couch co-op (two players on the same console and sharing a screen).
Players will also have access to online 4-player co-op.
Players will gain a 5% bonues to experience if you are near another player while vanquishing demons and 10% if you are near a member of your party.
Open Beta Rewards
Players who particpate in the Diablo IV open beta can collect three Open Beta rewards. These rewards, once unlocked, will be available when Diablo IV launches in June.
Open Beta Rewards include:
- Initial Casualty Title: earned by reaching Kyovashad with one character.
- Early Voyager Title: earned by reaching Level 20 on one character.
- Beta Wolf Pack Cosmetic Item: earned by reaching Level 20 on one character.
PC System Requirements
You'll want to make sure your system meets the following minimum requirements if you plan on participating in the Diablo IV open beta on PC:
- Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i5-6400 / AMD FX-8320
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / AMD Radeon R9 280
- DirectX: Version 12
- Storage: 45 GB available space (85 GB for HD)
The Diablo IV open beta will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Make sure that you have a stable internet connection and sufficient storage space on your console to download and install the open beta. You'll need around 75 GB.
How to Access the Open Beta
To access the Diablo IV open beta on PC you will need to download the Blizzard Battle.net app, create an account (if you don't have one already), and opt-in for the open beta. Once the beta is live, you will be able to download and install it through the app.
For console players, access the Diablo IV open beta by searching for "Diablo IV Open Beta" in your console store and download and install the beta client once it's available. Keep in mind that you may need a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription to participate in the multiplayer aspects of the open beta.
Tips for Success During the Diablo IV Open Beta
Leveling & Character Progression
As you begin your journey in the Diablo IV open beta, focus on leveling up your character by completing quests, slaying monsters, and exploring dungeons. Experiment with different class abilities and skill combinations to find the playstyle that suits you best. Don't be afraid to respec your character if you feel like trying something new.
Exploration & Loot Hunting
Diablo IV rewards players who take the time to explore its vast open world. Scour every inch and corner for hidden treasures, rare monsters, and secret events. Prioritize finding and equipping better gear to increase your character's power and survivability.
Combat & Boss Encounters
Master the art of combat by learning the strengths and weaknesses of your enemies. Pay attention to their attack patterns and exploit openings to unleash devastating counterattacks. Make sure you're prepared to adapt your strategy on the fly for Boss Battles, as bosses often have multiple phases with unique abilities and mechanics.
Socializing & Trading
Collaborate with other players to tackle challenging content or trade valuable items to optimize your character's build. Joining a guild or teaming up with friends can significantly enhance your experience in the game.
Diablo IV Open Beta FAQ
Q: Is the Diablo IV open beta free to play?
A: Yes, the Diablo IV open beta is free to play for all players on PC and consoles.
Q: Do I need a persistent internet connection to play the open beta?
A: Yes, Diablo IV requires a persistent internet connection, even for single-player content.
Q: Will my progress in the open beta carry over to the full release of the game?
A: No, progress made in the open beta will not transfer to the full release of Diablo IV. All chracters made during the beta period will be deleted once the Beta ends.
Q: How long will the open beta last?
A: The Diablo IV open beta will kick off on March 24, 2023 at 9 am PST and will end March 27, 2023 at 12 pm PST.
Q: Are there any content restrictions in the open beta?
A: The open beta will allow players to explore the early game of Diablo IV, including the Prologue, as well Act 1 in its entirety.
Diablo IV is the next-gen action RPG experience with endless evil to slaughter, countless abilities to master, nightmarish Dungeons, and legendary loot. Embark on the campaign solo or with friends, meeting memorable characters through beautifully dark settings and a gripping story, or explore an expansive end game and shared world where players can meet in towns to trade, team up to battle World Bosses, or descend into PVP zones to test their skills against other players - no lobbies necessary - with cross-play and cross-progression on all available platforms.