Are you ready to embark on a journey to the dark and mysterious world of Diablo 4? With the early access beta coming up in just a few days, you will be able to get a taste of what the game has to offer before the official launch. In this guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to know before you start your journey in Diablo 4 and give you the opportunity to enter a giveaway for a Deluxe Edition of the game.
First, let's talk about the two upcoming playtests
The first one is an invite-only early access and will start on Friday, March 17th at 9 am PDT and end on Monday, March 20th at 12pm PDT. To join, you will need to either pre-purchase the game or get a beta invite code.
The second playtest is an open beta and will begin on March 24th and run until March 27th at the same hours as the early access. This open beta does not require pre-purchasing the game and is open to all.
For PC players, the game will be ready to play as soon as you pre-purchase it digitally. Console players will receive a platform-specific code via email to download the beta closer to the start of the early access. You can also get a beta invite code from various campaigns, such as buying a Double Down from any KFC inside or outside of the US.
Now, what can you expect in the playtests? In both the early access and open beta, you will be able to play through the prologue and the entirety of Act 1, including a few towns as main hubs. The biggest hub is Kyova, Shad. Your maximum character level will be capped at 25, however, you can still play after reaching the cap to finish all the dungeons, open-world events, side missions, and online co-op events. In the first early access weekend, you will only have access to the Barbarian, Rogue, and Sorcerer classes. The Druid and Necromancer will be available for the open beta the following week. You will have 10 character slots to try out each class.
During my time playing the game in the closed beta, I found the Rogue and Sorcerer classes to be much stronger than the others. You can achieve powerful builds as early as level 20 to easily deal with enemies. You will also be able to unlock and use the Codex of Power, a powerful tool that rewards exploration by providing special powers and chances to all classes. Furthermore, you will be able to extract and transfer aspects from gear onto your own set.
If you are planning to pre-purchase the game, the Digital Deluxe Edition offers the best value for your money. It includes the Light Barrier Mount for Diablo 4, as well as In-Game Items for other games such as Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, and Diablo Immortal. It also includes the Premium Season Battle Pass, which costs $10 by itself, as well as four days early access before the official launch on June 6th, the Hellborn Mount Armor, and the Second Temptation Mount.