Diablo 4 Open Beta Begins Today, And You Can Expect Long Queues

Here's what to expect this weekend in The Sanctuary.

If last week’s Diablo 4 Early Access Open Beta taught me anything, it’s that there will be a massive number of people participating in this weekend’s Open Beta. “We expect unprecedented traffic and queue times as a result. We appreciate your patience & understanding.” That’s a tweet from the official Diablo Twitter account.

Not a bad problem to have for Blizzard, but there’s no doubt things will be frustrating for Diablo fans looking to test out any of the five playable classes in the Diablo 4 Open Beta this weekend. Blizzard Community Manager Adam Fletcher posted an update on the Diablo 4 forums about what to expect this weekend.

You can read the post here, but if you want the abridged version, here goes:

  • Queue times are guaranteed by design.

Blizzard stated they are using this Open Beta to test system capacity. According to Blizzard, “we need queues to properly stress test our services and we are designing to ensure we have them some of the time.”

  • The game will probably be taken offline temporarily.

Expect disconnects. If not for server capacity issues, the team will likely be deploying infrastructure adjustments and fixes throughout the weekend.

  • You will likely encounter a few bugs.

It is a beta, after all, so be sure to report any bugs and feedback. Whether you’re raising some dead with the Necromancer, shapeshifting with a Druid, or continuing your Rogue, Sorcerer, or Barbarian from last week, submitting your feedback on the forums is a good idea if you want to contribute to making the game a little better.

Issues aside, the Diablo 4 Open Beta should be a blast after defeating the queue boss. Players can test out all five classes that will be in the game at launch and have up to ten characters per Battle.net account, each with a Level cap of 25. 

The entire Fractured Peaks area is open for exploring, which includes three Strongholds, dozens of unique Dungeons, and a pretty gnarly World Boss that you’ll want to watch out for (don’t get hit by that swipe).

The Open Beta is a good time for all players to see what Diablo 4 is all about. It’s open for all players, with no purchase necessary. We’ll be using this time to experiment with builds on the two classes we didn’t get to play last weekend: Druid and Necromancer. 

If you missed it, you could check out the Diablo 4 Beta patch notes. The small update rolled out earlier this week and squashed a few issues. And if you stumbled across this post and have yet to preload Diablo 4, but want to participate in the beta, head on over to the official Diablo 4 website to get started!