Will Diablo Immortal have a beta test?
Diablo Immortal is set to release this year in some capacity on iOS and Android mobile devices. The game takes Blizzard’s extremely popular Action-RPG formula to touch-based screens for the first time, and in a way that is very reminiscent of the older games in the series. Diablo 3 had a beta before it came out, but will Diablo Immortal have one too? Truthfully, we don’t know for sure — but we can make some pretty solid guesses based on other mobile titles and Blizzard’s history with betas.
If the game is like many other successful mobile games and is free to play, there’s a possibility that Blizzard and NetEase will soft launch it in select countries. Often mobile developers will launch their games in certain countries to test features and get an idea for who their audience is before bringing it out to North America. In some cases, this is like a beta test. But in others, it’s really just an early launch of the game.
In the event that does happen, there’s usually weird workarounds for people not in those countries to get the game on their phones. Both Google and Apple allow you to change the location of your app store so that you can purchase and play region-locked games. It’s a bit involved, but if you’re desperate to play something early or at all, you can get it done with a few taps.
The lack of a soft launch would mean it probably won’t get a beta. Even if it does have a beta test, betas on mobile devices are very rarely open to the public. Typically the developer can give special access to early apps, but it’s not going to be something you’ll sign up for on Battle.net. It’s the kind of access you only give to friend and family.
It’s much more likely that the game will simply launch when Blizzard wants it to. Whether that be during BlizzCon’s opening ceremony or somewhere around there remains to be seen. Blizzard has been tight-lipped about the game since its rocky announcement, but it’s surely going to still be out very soon.
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