Diablo 4’s early access beta has officially begun, but Blizzard servers are already struggling to keep up, and queues are forming. This is the first of two Diablo 4 betas scheduled for March. This weekend’s beta is now closed, with only pre-orderers, pre-purchasers, and those who received a key through giveaways or KFC’s Double Down promotion receiving a key. Even with limited access, it appears Diablo 4’s early access beta is struggling due to a flood of eager Diablo fans.
Blizzard fans are well acquainted with the studio’s frustrating betas and launches. The release of Diablo 3 in 2012 will live on in infamy. Server issues collided with Auction House glitches, and the situation worsened as a result of progression design constraints. While Blizzard has made significant improvements to Diablo 3 in the years since those who witnessed its initial release will likely remember it fondly. Diablo 4 hasn’t yet reached that level of disaster, but players are frustrated.
The Diablo 4 early access beta, which began at 9:00 a.m. PDT, appeared to be running smoothly at first.
However, as the servers quickly filled up, it became clear that the beta wasn’t as well optimized as some had hoped. Crashes, log-in issues, performance optimization, and other issues plagued those who were able to launch the game. Most players, however, never made it that far, instead becoming stuck in an ever-growing queue.
The implementation of a queue was already visible when the beta launched. Queues of 1-3 minutes were encountered during early Diablo 4 logins. That wait time has now surpassed two hours and is expected to rise further. To its credit, Blizzard has acknowledged this. It has warned Diablo 4 beta players that there may be a queue all weekend.
Diablo 4 releases June 6 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.