Diablo 3 Beta Tester Leaks Info in Open Q&A?
A few months ago, an alleged ex-Blizzard employee answered questions thrown his way about Diablo 3. He was probably a troll. In fact, a new leak flat out states the previous leak was a fake. This new leak, like the old one, is fielding questions asked by the public, but a few things make him more credible than his bridge-dwelling predecessor. He’s either telling the truth, or has been meticulous about doing his homework.
Q: How rare are unique items?
A: In the 2 months I’ve played, there have been 2 Legendary’s (uniques) drop for me and around 20 rares.
Q: When is the beta?
A: It’s already in Beta. Just not open to the public yet. The devs don’t even know when, but its expected to be August.
We know for a fact that internal company-wide testing for Diablo 3 began at the beginning of May, and that external beta testing is targeted for Q3 2011 — these figures match up with the leak’s two-month playtime and the expected August beta date.
Q: Are town portals still in the game?
A: They are currently in the game, but only allow you to enter them when there are no monsters within a certain range of you. Like half a screen length away.
Two days ago, we found out that some incarnation of town portals are returning to Diablo 3, after previous official statements declared otherwise. Blizzard wanted to keep the convenience of town portals while removing their abusive quality — the mechanic proposed by the leak is at the very least a sound solution, if not the truth.
Q: How big is act 4? Is it smaller then the other acts like in D2?
A: Its significantly smaller than the other acts. Smaller than the D2 acts 1-3. They actually don’t have the main quests in there at the moment. They are ready, but they are hidden.
The leak posted this on June 29 — it was only today that we received confirmation that Act IV will be Diablo 3′s shortest act. It’s not unreasonable to have guessed this, but the fact that the leak said it before the official statement certainly doesn’t hurt his case.
Visit the leak’s website for a full list of questions and answers, or to ask your own questions. Just take it with a grain of salt.