Fans of Diablo, Blizzard’s popular video game last released in 2000, would have gotten a taste of the game’s latest installment, Diablo III if you caught its beta offering over the weekend at the developer’s Battle.net gaming service, or anytime today but only by invitation if you live in Korea.
Washington Post this morning said the Diablo III beta, anticipating the latest version’s worldwide release on May 15, may revive the game’s popularity among old and new fans since the 2000 debut, with a projected sale of 5 million copies for this year alone.
The game has sold 18.5 million copies since its release more than a decade ago.
The developer said the new edition of the massively successful franchise features fully updated graphics after a 12-year hold, and will have a new item called Skill Runes, which are part of the game’s leveling system. The new runes will enable players to add or change skills to fit their character as they get into the latest version of demon-fighting fun.
For US gamers who can still catch the tail end of the weekend beta for Diablo III, players will be able to play with friends but only up to level 13. Players will also not be able to access the beta forums or use the in-game currency feature for the Diablo III auction house yet.
For players in Korea, there will be an invitation-only beta set for today, April 23.
Interested players who don’t have a Battle.net account and wishes to play can create an account for free.