Rejoice, mortals, the long wait to finally get your forsaken hands on Diablo 4 is almost over. Preload is now live for the first of two open beta sessions, which will kick off at 9 a.m. PT on Friday, 17th March and runs for three days, ending at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday, 19th March.
To gain early access and play this weekend (on either PS5 or PS4), you will need to have preordered Diablo 4. Next weekend, beginning on 24th March, the truly open part starts, with anyone interested being able to check out a sizable chunk of the game. On PS5, the preload was a robust 76 GB.
In addition, we learned that Ashava, one of the infernal World Bosses, will be dropping by. Four times, actually, over the course of the weekend, and it will take the combined efforts of many seasoned players to overcome her.
Will you be diving into Diablo 4's early access open beta this weekend? Which character will you be running with? Warm up those fingers in the comments section below.
76gb? I think i will skip it then as i'm running low on space and want to keep what i have for Resident Evil 4.
Anyone who hasn’t preordered, I believe you can also get access through an 02 priority promotion. Don’t have it myself, but might help someone.
@Grimwood Diablo 3 played quite well on PS5, does feel different but not in a bad way
I'm waiting for the final release version (and the inevitable day one titanic patches)
@Grimwood D3 was perfectly fine with controller and I find it a lot easier.
@ShadowofSparta I did just this! Keen to give the game a try
@Grimwood On controller it is much more intuitive than on mouse. D1 and D3 plays perfectly, D2 has quite chaotic controls in menus but you use to it soon.
BTW I don't see any reason why preorder digital while this is "must have" physical (still angry D2 is digital only).
@Grimwood Blizzard have even stated in some diaries that the whole game was created keeping in mind console controls. Diablo 3 was awesome in this plan and all the builds were perfectly viable. Even complicated POE has practically no problem with using a controller instead of keyboard + mouse with exception of some builds on higher tier maps where placing some object (e.g. a totem) is crucial.
@Grimwood lol come on. Direct control Diablo is awesome.
Going to kfc after work today!!!
Can I preorder on PSN to get early access, then just cancel it when the beta is over?
@ShadowofSparta Huge thanks. It is working and I preloaded it.
Diablo with controller is far superior to a mouse point and click...what we living in 1998 or what ?
Plus D4 was design with controller mainly in mind so there's that.
This is gonna be a huge contender for GOTY
It's blizzard addictive hack slash and lootfest and by the looks of paragon boards and world bosses etc its gonna be amazing plus diablos drop in drop out play is so easy
Not trying to be negative but I never really understood the appeal of this franchise or games like it for that matter.
@Doublecell which ones have you played?
@kyleforrester87 to be fair not much I played a bit of diablo 2 but it didn't hold my attention.
@Doublecell They don't make for good viewing in my experience, doesn't really translate well on gameplay videos. But once you get into the meat of them they can be a lot of fun. I haven't played loads of them myself either - didn't really get on with D2 - but I have sunk hundreds and hundreds of hours into D3 at various stages since it launched. It took a little while for that game to click with me, glad I stuck with it though.
Would recommend picking it up and sticking with it for a few hours if you get the chance.
@kyleforrester87 I'm gonna have to give it another try since it's been some years ago I attempted to play.
@Doublecell generally D3 is less about the difficulty and story and more about the efficiency at which you can dispatch ever increasing hordes of demons, building a powerful character and finding great items to compliment your build - essentially living out a power fantasy. The “gamefeel” is very satisfying, best described as “glassy” I think, with an almost therapeutic rhythm to button inputs during combat, exploring is fun and generally the atmosphere and environments will draw you in. It can be quite deep (although, D3 is a bit on the shallow side in some respects, improved over the years through updates although a little basic at its foundations, it looks like D4 has worked on that) but also very easy to pick up and play and you’ll always be making some progress.
I have a spare code if anyone wants it.
@W0rl0ck Hi do you still have a spare code, thanks
@TheKasif yeah i will message it to you
@W0rl0ck Thank you very much for the code, can wait to play later today after work, thanks again
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