Be careful as the internet is dark and full of spoilers. That has often been the case in the past few weeks, though this time it relates to the Diablo 4 leaks.
As magically summoned by reports that an alpha test of Diablo 4 is running for Blizzard family and friends, various images and bits of information are appearing online.
We will discuss some of them in this article, so you may want to jump to the end if you want to enter the game without knowing anything. Other than that, please take this as a general public service announcement that there are spoilers, so keep your head in a spin.
Still here? Magnificent. Stay a moment and listen. We’ve seen several leaks appear on the Diablo subreddit, though they’ve usually been removed. (opens in a new tab) reasonably fast. However, the images continue to circulate on various forums and other websites. (opens in a new tab). Most of them feature snapshots of the character’s creator, revealing tattoos and the like. We have also seen conversations (opens in a new tab) about Diablo 4 which has restricted trading and smart loot; for example, you can reportedly trade lower level items in a limited capacity. However, unique and more valuable loot like Legendary cannot be used.
The flurry of leaks has prompted moderators on the Diablo subreddit to address the issue with an individual post. (opens in a new tab). In short, the specific features of the game in the beta versions are subject to change, so keep that in mind. Additionally, players will not be punished for posting leaks to the subreddit, though they may be banned from Battle.net.
“What Blizzard chooses to do with pre-launch leakers is completely outside of our jurisdiction of power (which is solely r/Diablo) and may include actions taken against your battle.net account (including suspension, suspension permanent, etc.) as well as legal action against their persons if they signed an NDA or caused damage to the company or IP,” a statement read. “Once again, these actions are something that we have nothing to do with and are completely out of our control.”
The leaks continue word (opens in a new tab) from Jason Schreier of Bloomberg that a playtest of Diablo 4 is being conducted for non-Blizzard employees, dubbed a “friends and family alpha test.”
Schreier also noted that there are no microtransactions in the alpha version, although Blizzard previously confirmed that purchases from Diablo 4 will be cosmetic only, apart from larger story expansions. The question was probably raised because Diablo Immortal has gotten a lot of flak due to the way it handles monetization, though it looks like you won’t see any of that in Diablo 4.
Prior to that, series general manager Rod Fergusson took to Twitter to clarify that a Diablo 4 beta spotted on Battle.net was for internal purposes only.
Do you want to join? you can get Access to the Diablo 4 betaalso – if you get a permanent tattoo.