Blizzard Announces Final Beta Test for Diablo IV: “Play Server Slam May 12 to 14”

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Blizzard has confirmed that it will be hosting a final beta test for Diablo IV as part of the developer’s ongoing efforts to ensure the action RPG launches this spring without any major hiccups. The upcoming event, which is being described as a “server slam,” will run from May 12 to May 14, and participants can expect an experience that lines up pretty closely with the previous beta—this test will take place in the same location, the Fractured Peaks, and gamers will be able to try out all five classes, including Rogue, Sorcerer, and Necromancer as they work to earn some unique rewards that include an Ashava Mount Trophy. There will be a few differences, though, such as players only being able to level up to 20 and a change in the drop rate of Legendary Items. Diablo IV is out on June 6, 2023.

From a Blizzard post:

From May 12, 12 p.m.–May 14, 12 p.m. PDT, everyone can come to Sanctuary’s defense on Windows PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4—along with couch co-op for consoles and cross-play and cross-progression for all platforms—against the armies of the Burning Hells to help us test the durability of our servers.

Server Slam will give players one final weekend in Hell to experience a fraction of what Diablo IV has to offer, while simultaneously testing the capabilities of our servers prior to launch. The Prologue and entirety of Act I will be your canvas to paint with the remains of slain demons. Fractured Peaks, the first Zone, is yours to navigate as you please. Traverse its rugged landscape as Barbarian, Druid, Necromancer, Rogue, or Sorcerer, unleashing devastating power upon foes, and honing your unique skillset in the process.

For those who played during our Early Access and Open Beta weekends, these details may seem familiar—however, there are a few nuances we’re ushering in with Server Slam.

  • Any character progress made during the Early Access and Open Beta weekends will not carry over to Server Slam. Additionally, any character progress made during Server Slam will not carry over to launch.
  • Players may level up their characters to Level 20, after which you will cease to gain Ability Points, but can continue to slay demons and earn alluring gear.
  • The Legendary Item drop rate has been altered to reflect the drop rate that will be present in the launch version of Diablo IV.
  • The version of Diablo IV available during Server Slam will include all the bug fixes and updates detailed in our Open Beta Retrospective blog.

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