A gaming test of Diablo 4 for several players outside the offices of Blizzardas part of what is described as an “alpha test of friends and family.”
“A lot of people are playing an early version of Diablo IV right now thanks to an alpha test from friends and family,” says Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier on Twitter.
“The players are under NDA, but I hear mostly positive feedback.”
screamer points out that there is no microtransactions in the alpha version, so players still won’t have much idea what to expect from monetization. Though Blizzard has previously confirmed that small purchases of Diablo 4 they will be cosmetic only, aside from larger story expansions.
Another fun but minor Blizzard tidbit that I haven’t seen reported anywhere yet: a bunch of people are playing an early build of Diablo IV right now thanks to a friends-and-family alpha test. Players are under NDA, but I’m hearing mostly positive buzz
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 3, 2022
The main criticisms against Diablo Immortal have targeted the game’s microtransactions. Fans got excited about a public playtest a few weeks ago, when a beta tab appeared for Diablo 4 in the Battle.net launcher.
The general manager of Diablo, Rod Fergusson, said that “this is just an internal test”, but confirmed that the game “will have more public tests in the future”, suggesting that they will be available at some point.
For now, the only way to guarantee access to the beta is to “offer your flesh as tribute” and get a permanent tattoo of Diablo. Yes, really.