Be wary as the internet is dark and full of spoilers. That has often been the case in recent weeks, but this time it involves Diablo 4 leaks.
Magically summoned by reports that a Diablo 4 alpha playtest is underway for Blizzard’s family and friends, various images and tidbits find their way online.
We’ll cover some of them in this article, so you might want to do that too go to the end if you want to play the game without knowing anything. That aside, consider this a general public service announcement that there are spoilers, so keep your head down.
Still here? grand. Stay a moment and listen. We’ve seen several leaks on the Diablo subreddit, though they’ve mostly been removed (opens in new tab) quite fast. However, images are still circulating on multiple forums and other websites (opens in new tab). Most include snapshots of the character creator, revealing tattoos, and the like. We also saw chatter (opens in new tab) about Diablo 4 with limited trade and smart loot – for example you can allegedly trade lower level items in a limited capacity. However, unique and more valuable loot like Legendary is a no-go.
The flood of leaks has prompted the moderators of Diablo’s subreddit to tackle the topic with an individual post (opens in new tab). Basically, game-specific features in betas are subject to change, so keep that in mind. Also, players will not be penalized for posting leaks on the subreddit, although they may get banned on Battle.net.
“What Blizzard elects to do with individuals who leak pre-release information is completely beyond our jurisdiction (which is r/Diablo only) and may include actions taken against your battle.net account (including suspension, permanent suspension, etc.) as well as legal action against your individuals if you signed an NDA or caused damage to the company or IP,” a statement read. “Again, these actions are something that is beyond our control and completely beyond our control.”
Follow the leaks word (opens in new tab) from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier that a Diablo 4 playtest is underway for non-Blizzard employees, the “friends-and-family alpha test.”
Schreier also noted that there are no microtransactions in the alpha build, although Blizzard has previously confirmed that Diablo 4 purchases will be cosmetic only, barring larger story expansions. The question was probably asked because Diablo Immortal has drawn a lot of criticism for the way it handles monetization, although it seems like you won’t see anything like that in Diablo 4.
Before that, the 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 Diablo 4 betaalso – if you get a permanent tattoo.