Diablo III Closed Beta Ends May 1

Blizzard announced earlier today that Diablo III‘s closed beta test will be drawing to an end on May 1. If you are one of the few who have been lucky enough to test out the game, then you better enjoy the next two weeks. All beta accounts and characters will be reset next Tuesday for the public release of the long-awaited RPG on May 15.

In the announcement, Blizzard wrote:

We’d like to thank everyone who has participated in the Diablo III beta. You’ve done an admirable job of testing, and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback you provided during this critical phase of development.

In preparation for the launch of Diablo III on Tuesday, May 15, the beta servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, May 1. At that time, all beta accounts and character information will be reset. Leading up to Diablo’s May 15 launch date, players will only be able to create comments and forum posts on the official Diablo III community site if they have pre-purchased Diablo III or have a StarCraft II or an active World of Warcraft game license attached to their Battle.net account. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay tuned to this website for exciting news and updates regarding the upcoming release.

Thank you again for your participation, and we’ll see you soon on Battle.net!

Rapid changes to the game, due in large part to feedback from the beta testers, were among the reasons why the title saw nearly four years of development time. Blizzard first announced Diablo III in June of 2009. The beta test, which launched last November, led the designers to change a lot of its design and gameplay.

If you were lucky enough to be in the beta let us know what you thought of it.