There has been a lot of talk about the “Diablo 3″ beta in the last couple days. The focus has been on some of the newly-announced features, including the ability to buy items with real-world money and the precise contents of the beta, which I’ll re-post below. But maybe you’re stick of reading and would rather kick back and enjoy the sights, sounds and hacks of the “Diablo 3″ beta in the comfort of your own home. Sorry, we can’t actually let you play it just yet, but you can watch it…and that’s almost as good, right? No, it really isn’t.
As Blizzard announced yesterday, the contents of the beta are as follows:
“You’ll be able to try out all 5 character classes and experience the early stages of ’Diablo 3′ from the start of the game through the Skeleton King encounter. You’ll be able to interact with new and returning characters in New Tristram and fight the reawakened evils emanating from the cursed Tristram Cathedral. You’ll also experience the randomized elements of ’Diablo 3′ as well many of the new system designs that take many of the core ’Diablo’ design elements to a whole new level.”
The footage above is taken from that portion of the game, so you can get a sense of what to expect. In short, expect a lot of greens and browns! Yes, the first portion of “Diablo 3″ seems to follow the same environmental trends as the first few levels of “Diablo 2.” You’ve got large, open fields inspired by the English countryside, followed by creepy tombs filled with ghosts and skelletons.
Considering all the hubbub surrounding the “Diablo 3″ color palate a few years ago, it’s surprising that the game isn’t more, um, colorful. We see a lot of color in the character models, but the environments are relatively bland. It’s safe to say that things will ramp up in terms of visual variety as you progress through the game, but it looks like the beta will be pretty vanilla. Guess that means you’ll have to find (or buy) some purple loot to spice it up!