The public’s first chance to play Diablo 4 is planned to begin on March 17. Ahead of that release, we now have a better understanding of what will be in the beta as well as information on some benefits players will receive simply for participating. Over the two beta weekends, two distinct games will be given away; both of these can be used in the full game when it launches in June. The highest level you’ll need to reach in the beta to receive the rewards is 20, which shouldn’t present much of a challenge for those who already have plans to invest a lot of time in the game.
Gamers that participate in the demo won’t really receive those benefits to use in the beta itself; instead, Blizzard claimed they will be restricted to the full version of the game and will only be awarded then. The first reward is the “Initial Casualty” title, which can be obtained by simply reaching Kyovashad, the second is the “Early Voyager” title, which can be obtained by simply reaching level 20, and the third and final reward is the “Beta Wolf Pack” cosmetic, which can also be obtained by simply reaching level 20. Below is a peek of the Beta Wolf Pack cosmetic, which allows you to carry a wolf pup on your bosom in an elaborate cradle.
A sneak peek of the new awards from the beta stated that visiting Sanctuary wouldn’t be complete without collecting a variety of special rewards along the route. “Show off your ability as a wanderer by obtaining all three Open Beta awards when you play Diablo IV during the Open Beta and Early Access weekends. After Diablo IV is released, those who have unlocked these perks will get them.”
The beta’s first weekend begins on March 17 and the second weekend on March 24. While Blizzard refers to this as an open beta with the first weekend being early access, if we’re using terminology beta gamers are more accustomed to, the first weekend is actually a closed beta and the second weekend is an open beta. That’s because the second weekend will be accessible to everyone who wants to play while the first weekend is only accessible if you’ve preordered the game.
While the Druid and Necromancer classes will be made playable choices once the fully open beta weekend begins, the Barbarian, Rogue, and Sorcerer classes will only be accessible during the restricted portion of the test.