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Activision Blizzard has revealed details of the Diablo 4 closed end game beta, and how you can enter this new testing phase available on PS5 and PS4. Cross-play and cross-progress will be enabled for all platforms, including PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. This somewhat dispels prior rumors that the PS4 and Xbox Ones for Diablo 4 would be cancelled. That said, getting an invite to this specific beta is easier said than done, requiring you to show that you have experience with the end-game content in prior Diablo games.
Diablo 4 closed end game beta playable modes and features
Those selected to be a part of this specialized beta will be the first public testers for several events and dungeons available after the game’s campaign is finished. One of these is Helltide, a region-wide event that occurs while roaming Sanctuary and is unlocked for players who have reached World Tier Three: Nightmare difficulty. Lilith’s minions will be empowered and begin swarming you, but killing them will drop Cinders that can be used to open Helltide Chests.
Once you find your first Nightmare Sigil, you will unlock specific Nightmare-difficulty dungeons that add special modifiers which raise the difficulty but consequently raise the chances for better loot. Defeating these Nightmare Dungeons will grant you even harder modifiers for more difficult run-throughs.
Also scattered throughout Sanctuary will be Whispers that will request you to perform specific tasks. Completing these cycling world objectives and bounties will reward you with Grim Favors that can be traded to the Tree of Whispers for Legendary gear and crafting materials. Beyond that, there are PvP zones called Fields of Hatred, specific areas in Sanctuary cursed by Mephisto, where you compete with other players to turn Seeds of Hatred into Red Dust for cosmetics and mounts. And as expected, there are Paragon boards that provide opportunities for end-game character growth.
To score an invite to the Diablo 4 closed end game beta, you’ll need to head to your Battle.net account and enable the “News and Special Offers from Battle.net” option. (It’s a little odd you have to accept all marketing offers, but anyway…) You’ll also need to have played the end-game content for Diablo II: Remastered and Diablo III recently, though these parameters are rather vague. Invites to this beta will close on November 18, 2022.