Reaper of Souls™ Closed Beta Now Available

Posted by Anuiran on December 12th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
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Reapers, and Westmarch, and Crusaders, oh my—the Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ Closed Beta has begun!

Invitations to this next phase of our public test are now being delivered to nephalem worldwide. If you've been invited to the Closed Beta, we'd love to hear all about your adventures on the forums, watch your live streams, and see screenshots and videos of your experiences in Sanctuary.  Please keep in mind that Reaper of Souls is still in development, which means that all content in the Closed Beta is subject to change and isn't necessarily representative of the final game.

For additional information about the Closed Beta including how to participate, copy over characters, and provide feedback, read on below!


 How to Participate:

If you're interested in participating in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, you’ll want to make sure you've opted-in for beta testing. To opt into the beta, simply visit your Beta Profile Settings page in Account Management, check the "Diablo" box under "Beta Tests I'm Interested In," and then click "Update Preferences."  In order to be eligible for an opt-in invite to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, you must have an active Diablo III license attached to your Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. not suspended or banned).

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Please note that opting in to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta will not guarantee you access (especially since invites to our Closed Beta will be extremely limited), but it will at least give you a chance at joining our beta test. In the meantime, if you're looking to test out upcoming game features and provide feedback, we encourage you to join us on the Patch 2.0.1 PTR!


 Installation and Play Instructions:

To install and play the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: If you were invited to the Closed Beta via opt-in, verify that your account has been granted a Closed Beta license in Battle.net Account Management. If you were sent a Closed Beta key, you will need to add it manually by visiting the Add or Upgrade a Game page.

Step 2: Download and install the Battle.net desktop application.

Step 3: Once you have installed the Battle.net desktop app, log in with your Battle.net credentials and select "Diablo III" from the menu on the left-hand side.

Step 4: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "Beta: Reaper of Souls" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

Step 5: You should now have the option to install and play the Closed Beta.

Please note that the 2.0.1 PTR and Reaper of Souls Closed Beta are running on the same client and, as a result, participants will be able to interact and even play with one another.

  • If you do not have a Reaper of Souls Closed Beta license attached to your account, you will only be able to access and test content available in patch 2.0.1.
  • If you have a Reaper of Souls Closed Beta license attached, you will have access to all patch 2.0.1 content as well as expansion-only content including Act V, the Crusader, and Adventure Mode.

If you previously had access to the Friends and Family Beta, you will  automatically be granted access to the Closed Beta.


 Beta Character Copy:

The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the Closed Beta will be available and can be done directly through the Closed Beta client.

Step 1: Log into Closed Beta client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.

Step 2: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

Step 3: Select your region.

Step 4: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

Step 5: You may be disconnected from the Closed Beta client.

Step 6: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied beta characters will be lost.

In addition, you can only copy characters over to your Closed Beta account once every 72 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.


 Feedback and Bug Reporting:

For those who have received an invite to the Closed Beta, we thank you for being a part of this important stage of development! Once you've had the chance to try things out, be sure to visit the Reaper of Souls Beta forums to discuss the expansion.

Note that all forums listed below will require a Closed Beta license in order to post.

You're also welcome to email feedback directly to ROSBetaFeedback@blizzard.com. If you’d like to submit a bug report, please send it to ROSBetaBugs@blizzard.com

As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning. We'll provide information regarding extended downtimes, should they occur, in the Reaper of Souls General Feedback forum.


 Closed Beta Test FAQ:

How can I opt-in to the Closed Beta?
To opt into the beta, visit your Beta Profile Settings page in Account Management, check the "Diablo" box under "Beta Tests I'm Interested In," and then click "Update Preferences." In order to be eligible for an opt-in invite to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, you must have an active Diablo III license attached to your Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. not suspended or banned).

Please note that you may need to download and run the System Check tool in order to update your Beta Profile preferences.

How are beta test participants selected from the opt-in pool?
Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications, in-game activity, and other factors, including an element of luck.

How will I know if I'm selected to participate in the beta??
If you are selected to participate in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, you will receive an invite via email. Opt-in invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your Battle.net account, while Closed Beta keys may be sent to other email addresses.

To help avoid phishing attempts, if you believe you've received an invite to the Closed Beta, it's best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email(s) you receive. If you received an opt-in invite, you can verify that your account has been granted a Closed Beta license in Battle.net Account Management. If you were sent a Closed Beta key, you can add it manually by visiting the Add or Upgrade a Game page.

Will there be any other ways to get into the beta besides opting-in?
In addition to opt-ins, we are also inviting key community influencers from around the world on a case-by-case basis. Invites to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta will be extremely limited, however, and opting in to the beta is your best way to get in.

How many players do you plan to invite to the beta test?
The number of players we invite will be based on our testing needs. If during the course of testing we determine we need more players to participate, we’ll invite more.

What game content will be available in the beta?
Players who participate in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta will have access to all content in the expansion, excluding the final boss fight. For an overview of testable features in the Closed Beta, please see our patch notes [link].

What languages will the beta be available in?
The Reaper of Souls Closed Beta is currently available in English and Korean.

How long will the beta test last?
We have not determined an exact date for the end of the beta test. We will notify participants when the beta test is nearing completion.

Is there an NDA?
There is no non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta test. You are invited to take screenshots, livestream your play sessions, record feedback videos—whatever your heart desires! Please keep in mind that the game is still a work in progress, and we appreciate your understanding when you encounter bugs, graphical errors, or other issues.

Will the Diablo III Auction House be available in the beta?
Neither the gold nor the real-money auction house will available in the beta.

Will Mac users be able to participate in the beta?
Yes, Mac users will be able to participate in the beta at the same time as Windows users.

Design a Legendary, Part 4: Visual Design Progress

Posted by Anuiran on December 12th, 2013 at 1:09 am
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Before we kick-off our brainstorm on Legendary powers later this evening with the wonderful crew from TwizzCast (click here to learn more), we wanted to share the very first piece of concept art crafted by 3D character artist Aaron Gaines for the Design a Legendary project. 

Hot off the proverbial press, here's a first look at our upcoming one-handed, Mephisto-themed Legendary sword. Check it out!

For comparison, here are two different portraits of the Lord of Hatred himself. The first was created by conceptual designer Iain McCaig for the Book of Cain, and the second by fan artist TamplierPainter for the Design by Humans Diablo III T-Shirt contest.

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Note that this is just an initial sketch, the first step in the visual design process. As Aaron continues to bring this item to life, we'll be sure to provide updates and additional screenshots—as well as a Q&A. So stay tuned!

Have a question you'd like to ask Aaron about this particular Legendary item or character art in Diablo III? Leave a comment below or send us a reply on Twitter!

Design a Legendary, Part 3: "Choose Your Power" Livestream Coming Soon

Posted by Anuiran on December 7th, 2013 at 8:59 pm
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The Design a Legendary project marches onward to the next stage! 

To date, we've chosen the weapon type (a one-handed sword) and it's theme (Mephisto, Lord of Hatred). 3D character artist Aaron Gaines is putting stylist to tablet as we speak, and we'll be able to share the first piece of concept art for this particular Legendary item with all of you next week.

Now that we've started to nail down the visual design, it's time to start thinking about what this Legendary should actually do. Enter the Design a Legendary, Part 3: "Choose Your Power" Livestream. 

For this stage of functional design, we're teaming up with the fantastic folks over at TwizzCast to livestream a brainstorming session on item design with some of our Diablo III developers. This livestream will briefly go over the design process for Legendary item powers in Reaper of Souls, but its main goal is to players the opportunity to share and discuss suggestions on what kind of powers they'd like our community-designed Legendary to have.

Here are all the juicy details:

  • What: Design a Legendary, Part 3: "Choose Your Power" Livestream
  • When: Wednesday, December 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PT 
  • Where: http://www.twitch.tv/Twizzcast
  • Who: Joining this podcast will be game designers Travis Day and John Yang, as well as the following hosts and guests:
  • Goal(s): Brainstorm and discuss possible Legendary powers for our Mephisto-themed, one-handed Legendary sword. We're hoping to come away with at least 5 to 10 workable powers that we can then have you, the community, vote on globally!

If you're interested in participating, be sure to stop by the TwizzCast chat channel to hang out with us, ask questions, or offer your own Legendary suggestions! We're really looking forward to this very special event, and we can't wait to see you there. 

Have an idea for a Legendary power for this particular item, but can't tune in to the livestream? Feel free to leave a comment below or share your suggestions with us on Twitter!

Friends and Family Beta Test Underway

Posted by Anuiran on November 19th, 2013 at 6:15 pm
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The Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ Friends and Family Beta is now underway!

In the past, participants in this particular phase of public testing usually only include friends and relatives of Blizzard employees. With Reaper of Souls, however, we've decided to buck that trend and extend invites to valued media contacts and key members of the Blizzard community. We're also inviting 3,000 of our most active Diablo III players from around the world who've opted in for beta testing—something we've never done for any Friends and Family Beta test before!

Participants in the Reaper of Souls Friends and Family Beta are not required to abide by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). As a result, you may see coverage in the form of articles, videos, streams, and forum posts appear over the next few weeks regarding various features and changes in the expansion. When reviewing this coverage, please keep in mind that the Friends and Family Beta is still an early glimpse at Reaper of Souls, which means that all content is subject to change before release. We also encourage you to be mindful of story spoilers, as the Friends and Family Beta includes the entire expansion, excluding the final boss fight. 


Reaper of Souls Closed Beta Coming Soon

Our Friends and Family Beta is just the first step of public testing, and by the end of the year we will be moving into Closed Beta. Since our Reaper of Souls Closed Beta test will also feature all content in the expansion (again, excluding the final boss fight), invitations will be extremely limited. However, we’ll continue handpicking community members to invite to the Closed Beta and bringing in additional players through opt-ins to ensure that all of our features like the Crusader, Mystic, and Adventure Mode get the testing they deserve.

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If you’re interested in participating in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, please make sure you’ve opted-in for beta testing. You can do this by adjusting your Beta Profile Settings under the Account Management section of your Battle.net Account. Please note that opting in to the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta will not guarantee you access, but it will at least give you a chance at joining our beta test.


Public Test Region Access Also Coming Soon

Around the same time we begin our Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, we will also be launching our Public Test Region (PTR) for Patch 2.0.1! This patch will feature updates including Paragon 2.0, Loot 2.0, our new difficulty system, the addition of Clans and Communities, as well as balancing and tuning for all five Diablo III classes.

Anyone with the Battle.net Desktop App and Diablo III license will be able to participate in PTR testing. If don't already have the Battle.net App, you can download and install it by clicking the button below.

Download the Battle.net App

We'll have more information on how to access the Public Test Region when it launches. In the meantime, if you'd like more information on the Battle.net App, check out our FAQ and be sure to send us your feedback using the Battle.net App Open Beta Forum.


We're incredibly excited about kicking off our public tests for Reaper of Souls, and look forward to collecting your feedback. The End of Days is coming!

Design a Legendary, Part 2: "Choose Your Theme" Results

Posted by Anuiran on November 15th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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Last week, over 20,000 Diablo III players world-wide participated in our "Choose Your Theme" poll. This was the second poll we held for the "Design a Legendary" project, and it was one that would ultimately determine the visual look and theme of the Legendary one-handed sword we're designing.

Here are the results:

  • Caldeum: 1.7%
  • Westmarch: 9.2%
  • Serpent: 2.8%
  • Ancient Culture: 21.3%
  • Mephisto: 32.5%
  • Duriel: 7.6%
  • Diablo: 24.9%

As you can see, taking nearly 33% of the global vote, our winning theme is: Mephisto


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"This blade would be styled to connect thematically to the wispy, skeletal Lord of Hatred. In addition to being a favorite character of the art team, Mephisto has a unique appearance among the Great Evils, and a blade associated with him would need to find a way to echo his character."


Now that we've locked down the two critical components of this particular Legendary item's visual design (type and theme), we can start bringing it to life. Our next step is to have 3D character artist, Aaron Gaines, begin concepting, modeling, and implementing our one-handed sword into the game. Stay tuned to diablo3.com for in-progress shots as well as a quick Q&A with the artist himself!

Also, as with our last vote, thanks to each and every nephalem who've participated in some shape, way, or form in this project so far. We hope you're enjoying it as much as we are. <3

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