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Blizzard Is Asking People To Play Diablo 4’s Endgame Before It Comes Out

Here’s a rather odd-sounding-but-logical request from Blizzard: the company wants hardcore Diablo and action RPG grinders to test out its upcoming game’s endgame in a future closed beta.

Blizzard really wants Diablo 4 to be relevant in the long run, moreso than its current action RPG darling Diablo 3 that’s been around for 10 years plus. There will be a closed beta focusing exclusively on its endgame systems. Said beta will include the following game modes: Helltide, Nightmare Dungeons, Whispers of the Dead, and Fields of Hatred.

Helltide – This is a new region-wide event that becomes available to heroes only once they have reached World Tier Three: Nightmare difficulty. In a Helltide, the servants of Lilith are empowered, having their difficulty increased, but dropping loot worthy of the danger. Enemies can also drop Cinders, a new currency used to open Helltide Chests filled with powerful weapons and armour.

Nightmare Dungeons – Nightmare-difficulty dungeons in Diablo IV unlock upon locating your first Nightmare Sigil. Each sigil corresponds to a specific dungeon somewhere within Sanctuary. These sigils will add special modifiers to their dungeon, increasing the ferocity of the hell-servants waiting for you inside and providing higher-rarity loot. Through completing Nightmare dungeons, you will recover even more powerful sigils, introducing increasingly death-defying modifications and challenges for you to overcome.

Whispers of the Dead – Scattered throughout Sanctuary, “Whispers” are frequently-rotating tasks that reward experience, gold, and Grim Favors when completed. After earning 10 Grim Favors, players can exchange them at the Tree of Whispers for even more loot and experience.

Fields of Hatred – These designated PvP zones are the proving grounds for players looking to bring renown to their name through blood and zeal. While inside the Fields of Hatred, players can dispatch demons to collect Seeds of Hatred. To make use of these seeds, you’ll need to bring them to the Altar of Extraction where they can be smashed into Red Dust, which can be spent at the PvP Cosmetic and Mount Vendors for ornamental rewards. Be quick to convert your Seeds of Hatred to Red Dust—they are the desire of other players lurking in the zone, and if they are skilled enough to overtake you in combat, your Seeds of Hatred will be dropped.

The catch? Blizzard is incredibly particular on who it invites for this closed beta session: you will need to be opted-in to “News and Special Offers” on Battle.net, and be an experienced grinder in the previous Diablo games. If you’ve played Diablo 2 Resurrected’s endgame and multiple difficulties, or played a ton of Diablo 3’s Seasons, you’re a shoe-in for the beta.

“Ensuring that Diablo 4’s endgame provides the type of thrilling, ever-evolving experience we have set out to create is paramount for the team, and something we cannot determine on our own. Specifically, we’ll be using gameplay data to invite a limited number of Diablo players who have recently spent significant amounts of time playing the end-game experiences of Diablo 2: Resurrected and Diablo 3.”

The final invites will be out by 18 November. If you can’t make it for this, don’t worry: public testing of Diablo 4 is expected to begin early in 2023.

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