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Diablo IV beta was largest in franchise history

Ahead of its official launch on the 6th of June, Blizzard hosted a beta for the much-anticipated Diablo IV. With the open beta now officially concluded, the publisher released a number of impressive stats for the period, revealing that Diablo IV achieved “the largest Beta in Diablo franchise history.” 

Taking to Twitter, the official Diablo page announced this impressive feat, saying “With 62M hours played, thank you for making #DiabloIV the largest Beta in Diablo franchise history. This is just the beginning. Hell welcomes all on 6.6.23.”

Alongside this statistic, the team released an infographic featuring a number of other metrics, revealing that across those 62 million hours played, nearly 30 billion monsters were slain, with player deaths totalling just shy of 47 million.

Blizzard also revealed the most-played classes during this period, with the sorcerer and necromancer topping the list. Interestingly, the team did not share exactly how many players participated in the beta, but in revealing how many ‘beta wolf packs’ were earned, we can discern that 2.6 million players reached level 20.

It is worth noting that the beta for Diablo IV was available across 3 platforms, namely PC, PlayStation and Xbox (in comparison to Diablo III’s singular PC beta) and so it is unsurprising to see the upcoming title perform so well.

Still, if this is any indicator toward the performance of Diablo IV, then it is safe to say that the game will be huge. Since its release all the way back in 2012, Diablo III has seen more than 65 million players (with official sales putting the game at 30 million copies sold) cementing the game as an undeniable success. Having released more than a decade ago now however, it will be interesting to see just how much bigger Diablo IV winds up being. We will have to wait and see.

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