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Thursday, April 19, 2001

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Diablo II Expansion Interview, Beta Starting
8:51 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

UGO's site dedicated to Diablo II has posted a new interview with Bill Roper of Blizzard, which is actually a transcript from the April 2001 Blizzard Entertainment Fansite Interview. The Q&A goes into many details about the upcoming expansion pack for the game, and even includes comments after Roper's answers when necessary. They discuss topics such as the new option for 800x600 resolution, the unknown powers of the chat-interface gem, and some recent upgrades. Here's an excerpt with more on the upcoming (PC-only) beta test:

DII: The LoD Beta is just around the corner and I'm sure you all are excited to see your latest baby off to public arms waiting to tear it to shreds. What sort of timeframe are you looking at for holding the Beta and, if you don't mind, why the change of plans from not having one to having a Closed Beta? (Will it extend past E3 per-chance?)

Bill: We have just closed our Beta sign-ups and, although we do not have a set date, we should be starting the Beta fairly soon. Our decision to have a closed Beta was to get as good a test as possible on our new code. Besides, Beta tests are a great way to get feedback from core players before the game hits the shelves and have always been a valuable source of information for our development teams.

While a answer is difficult to predict when it might be wrapped up, it's good news to fans of the game that the beta is about to begin. The Blizzard home page also has more word on this:
We will be sending out e-mails to chosen testers as soon we get closer to the beta's release. While we haven't set the beta launch date yet, we expect to do so very soon. We will make an announcement on our site when these e-mails have been sent. Thank you for your patience. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your application.
Check out the rest of the interview for more on Lord of Destruction. Stay tuned, as this expansion pack is set to be released sometime this summer for Mac and PC.

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