The latest discovery is a Diablo 3 beta icon on battle.net. This icon can be applied to user’s profiles after they take part in the beta test. It hasn’t been applied to anyone yet (IE no closed beta testers have it), which means that it must be reserved for open beta testers to be.
As we previously reported, Blizzard has scheduled a press conference for early August to talk about Diablo 3. The last time Blizzard held a similar event, it was about WoW Cataclysm and it contained an announcement that an open beta would be launching almost immediately. We would not be at all surprised to see a similar announcement about the Diablo 3 Beta during the August press conference, and we would be shocked if we haven’t all had a taste of Diablo 3 via an open beta prior to September 30th of this year.
But the beta isn’t the only thing that may be coming soon. The other big question up in the air is when will the full game be released. Via some leaked schedules at Blizzard, we’ve discovered that the Diablo 3 full game release is still tentatively scheduled for the 4th quarter of this year. Blizzard chief executive Mike Morhaime confirmed that the 4th quarter date was still their target, but also made it very clear that the game would not be released before it was ready. Given Blizzard’s history, we fully expect a delay into next year. Luckily, the beta should be here to help you pass the time. Still no word on how the beta keys will be dispersed.