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By Cheryl Kahla

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Diablo IV Beta: Delve into darkness, slay epic World Bosses

It's Diablo IV Day! Are you ready to slay demons and raise hell?

Fans who pre-ordered Diablo IV will have access to the open beta launch this weekend, starting at 6pm South African time on Friday evening.

Here’s your chance to join fellow gamers, and battle through besieged towns and corrupted dungeons.

Diablo IV open beta

If like me, you’ve been waiting for Diablo IV since it was announced at BlizzCon in 2019, then get your energy drinks and snacks ready…

We’re about to slay demons and raise hell.

Diablo 4
Photo: Blizzard

There are five classes to choose from, pictured below:

  • Barbarian: Unparalleled strength and capable of unleashing ground-shaking slams.
  • Druid: A savage shapeshifter who can command earth, wind and storm.
  • Necromancer: Cunning summoners who use their Bone, Blood and Shadow bastions to defeat enemies.
  • Rogue: An agile, ranged warrior equipped with deadly poisons and shadow magic
  • Sorcerer: Master of the elements capable of hurling bolts of lightning jagged ice spikes. Even meteors!
Five classes in Diablo 4
The five classes: Photo: Blizzard

World Bosses

Ahead of the launch, Blizzard announced that new, challenging monsters have been added World Bosses.

The first World Boss will spawn four times over the weekend.

World Bosses is a new addition to the Diablo universe.

According to Blizzard, “each boss extends from four core player experience pillars”.

WATCH: Meet the Barbarian:

Moreover, the pillars allow for players of all classes to contribute and be part of the solution.

“There are no required actions to bring down a boss, so the ‘fun’ can’t be monpolised or prevented.”

The second pillar means everyone can join in, whether you’re still learning the game or are already a master. Blizzard said there’s no need to worry if you don’t know how to attack.

Getting in and playing is the best way to learn.

World Bosses are also repayable without feeling repetitive.

The game mechanics will allow for variations so “the same Boss with a different class will present different challenges”.

Fearsome bosses

The first boss players will meet is Ashava, a fearsome creature with razor-sharp talons extending from her wrists. She will spawn four times during early access this weekend.

Beware, though. Ashava can spread her poison and do leap attacks, so hovering along the edges of the danger zone won’t keep you save.

Diablo IV Early Access Open Beta Weekend
Photo: Blizzard

The open beta and early access weekend is available on PC as well as console (Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5).

To all those playing jumping into early access this weekend: Enjoy!

Diablo IV will be released on 6 June 2023.

Here is the complete Open Beta Guide.

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