Everyone who is the Diablo 3 launching back in spring 2012 – or pre-played the early access beta last weekend Diablo 4 – won’t be shocked to hear this, but Blizzard Entertainment tells fans to expect long queues Diablo 4‘s open beta.
“When we open the gates again to really everyone this Friday, we expect a lot of people,” said community manager Adam Fletcher. wrote in an update on Thursday. “There will be long queues, especially on Fridays when we first launch and during peak periods in the region.”
Fletcher added that the previous weekend’s closed beta (only available to those who pre-ordered the game or bought a sandwich at KFC) gave developers an idea of the capacity they’d be facing for next year’s open beta. weekend. Some players in that early access beta test experienced very long queues to get into games and were booted out of some sessions.
Blizzard will deliberately put a strain on its servers and systems so that the real launch in June doesn’t go as bad as Diablo 3‘s did in May 2012. Fletcher added, “While we know it can be frustrating, we need queues to properly test our services and we’re designing to make sure we have them occasionally. “
Players can also expect to see periods when Blizzard temporarily takes servers offline “to implement infrastructure changes or fixes,” Fletcher wrote.
The Diablo 4 open beta client is currently available for download through the PlayStation and Xbox Stores, and from Blizzard itself through Battle.net for PC players. The beta will run from March 24 at 12pm EDT to March 27 at 3pm EDT and will be open to players on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The game will launch on those same platforms in June. 6.