The fiery gates leading to the Burning Hells have opened, and the Diablo III beta test has officially begun! Invitations to participate in the beta test are now being delivered to the chosen heroes. As with beta tests for other Blizzard Entertainment games, the testing process for Diablo III will occur in phases. In each phase we will be selecting players who have opted in via their Battle.net accounts, and we welcome everyone to provide feedback on the official forums.
If you have a beta license, you are free to show, share, or talk about any portion of the beta content to which you have access, as this beta test is not confidential.
We’d like to remind those looking forward to an invite to be wary of phishing attempts. If you believe you’ve received an invite to the Diablo III beta test, it’s best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email, and instead log in to your Battle.net account to see if a Diablo III beta game account was granted. Or, if you were sent a key, attempt to add it manually by going to the Add or Upgrade a Game section of the Battle.net account management page.
For those who have received an invite to the beta test, we thank you for helping us test out our server stability and hardware. For those of you still hoping for an invite, we wish you the best of luck and hope you’ll keep an eye out for some of the beta-key giveaways and promotions we’ll have on the Diablo III community site.
We're pleased to announce that in most regions, PayPal will be our payment-service partner for the Diablo III auction house, allowing players who trade with real-world currency the ability to cash out the spoils of their battle-torn adventures via a PayPal account.
PayPal will also soon be added in several regions as a payment option on Battle.net, providing another convenient and secure payment method for digital purchases of Blizzard products and services.
We’ll share region-related specifics, as well as further details on everything mentioned above, in the near future. Stay tuned!
We are happy to announce the latest feature on the Blizzard site: the Blizzard Music Section. Check out some of your favorite musical numbers from Diablo, StarCraft, Warcraft, and World of Warcraft. With quick-and-easy access to the iTunes store, it has never been easier to browse our music, create your own playlist, and listen to the tunes you want, anytime, anywhere! Also, all you audiophiles out there, be sure to read the track notes straight from Blizzard’s sound team!
Three lucky Diablo III fans can look forward to joining the upcoming Diablo III beta test. They won us over with photos of themselves taking on Diablo himself as he emerged from his fiery realm. Check out the winning pictures!
A lot has happened over the last two decades. Check out the photo gallery to see a few choice slices of the company’s history, including some photos of our earliest office spaces and the brave men who assembled their own desks! In the snow! Uphill! Both ways!
We’ve just updated our gamescom 2011 photo gallery with images from our Costume Contest, our StarCraft II Show Matches, and the crowds of attendees who dropped by our booth this year. Thousands of visitors stopped by to enjoy a hands-on experience with some of our current and upcoming titles, cheer on their favorite contest participants, pro gamers, and teams as well as take home some amazing loot from the event.
Relive the experience now by diving headfirst into our photo gallery!
Our new Diablo III community site is now live! Welcome to your sanctuary for all the latest developments from New Tristram and beyond, featuring community forums and regular blog updates. You can post comments and share Diablo III news items via Twitter, Facebook, and other popular social media outlets, and be sure to check out the new Diablo III news feed regularly. We’ll use it to share the latest Diablo III information and to highlight recent community activity, including your most entertaining videos, art, comics, fansites, and more.
Head over to the new site, get acquainted, and be sure to return often. We've got a lot in store leading up to the release of Diablo III, including the launch of the Game Guide section featuring lore, characters, classes, maps, and more. Additionally, you’ll find us on the new Diablo III forums. We look forward to sharing and discussing all the latest Diablo III news, content, and updates with you for a long time to come.
Blog comments, forum posting, and profile management are only available to those with an active StarCraft II, World of Warcraft, or Diablo III beta license.
Since Thursday, countless visitors to gamescom 2011 took the chance to pass by our booth located in Hall 6.1, B21-C30. For dropping by, they were greatly rewarded -- and not just with goodies! On Friday, the participants of our Dance Contest were showing some amazing and interesting renditions of the World of Warcraft dance moves. Congratulations to Ronja Otto, who was chosen as the winner by our jury for her female Goblin performance. Also congratulations are in order for our other winners Matthias Regge and Andy Martin for their demonstrations of the male Goblin dance.
Today, our show stage was transformed into a shimmering world of the celebrities from World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo in the form of the participants in our costume contest. Congratulations to Laura Birnbaum, aka Sylvanas Windrunner. She will be able to enjoy her trip to Blizzcon 2011. Congratulations also to Christiane Lennartz as Tyrande Whisperwind and Sophie Marot as formidable female Barbarian in Heavy Armor from Diablo III. Our audience was especially enthusiastic when famous Pylo the Pylon entered our stage as well.
In our StarCraft II Showmatches the best and most well-known players battled it out. Famous names like Killer, Select, MC, Dimaga, Moonglade, and Tarson started a fireworks extravaganza of crackling games. And, we're not done yet! Looking ahead, we are awaiting some thrilling live raids with the guilds Ensidia and For the Horde as well as more StarCraft II Showmatches and panels with our developers.
If you are in Cologne, you should definitely pass by Hahnentorburg Rudolfplatz before Sunday evening to see the gate to Diablo’s Burning Hells and take a picture while there to join in our Social Media Contest and get the chance to win access to a beta of one of our upcoming games.
We want to thank all the participants in our contests and, of course, all the enthusiastic players who visited us at our booth. We are looking forward to welcoming more of you here in hall 6.1, B21-C30 at gamescom 2011 before the show ends tomorrow evening.
As part of Blizzard Entertainment’s presence at gamescom 2011, artist Manfred Stader has created a bespoke piece of Diablo III street art. The image depicts Diablo accompanied by demons bursting forth from the very streets of Cologne. What’s unique about the image, aside from the content, is that it has been designed to be viewed in full 3D perspective. As a result, it produces an unnerving glimpse into The Burning Hells themselves.
The artist began production of this very special piece on Monday August 15, and the scope of the project has been encapsulated in this time-lapse video of its development.
All gamescom attendees are encouraged to come and see this spectacle, situated at Hahnentorburg Rudolfplatz in central Cologne.
Don’t forget we have also organised a competition based on your photographs of this artwork – you can find details about that here.
Enjoy – and take care not to fall in!
Do you want to be among the first in Europe to get your hands on the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion? Want to play Diablo III or World of Warcraft: Cataclysm? Then come and join us at gamescom 2011 at the Blizzard Entertainment booth (Hall 6.1, B21-C30) in Cologne, Germany! Also, be sure to stop by Rudolfplatz and snap a photo so you can take part in our Diablo III Social Media contest.
At this year’s gamescom, the contests are epic and the prizes are out of sight. Show off your sewing skills in our Costume Contest and you could win a trip to BlizzCon 2011! Or join our StarCraft II Show Matches, World of Warcraft Live Raids, Quiz Contests, or the Dance contest and win prizes from our sponsors! If that isn’t enough to get you going, then check out our panel schedule to see when you can get a chance to participate in panels with our StarCraft, World of Warcraft, and Diablo developers. You can have a look at our on-going activities during gamescom on our dedicated website.
Whether you can make it to the event or not, be sure to follow our live coverage of gamescom 2011 on our game channels on Facebook and Twitter.