Community invited into Diablo III Friends and Family beta
Blizzard are giving back to the community in a bizarre, but awesome way. The MMO megalodon has been known for issuing "Friends and Family" betas in the past. These are typically localized alpha/beta tests where early access for a game is granted to Blizzard's nearest and dearest, before unleashing a full, closed beta upon the community.
Diablo III's new expansion: Reaper of Souls is handling things a little differently, and will be allowing friends and family perks to extend out to the general public. This means that lucky fans of the epic RPG will get early access to the beta. A particularly significant feature of the Friends and Family series of beta's is that they historically don't include a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), something that most beta gamers are pretty used to seeing when they get a beta key. The lack of an NDA indicates that the Diablo III team may be inviting outsiders, specifically, to "leak" information about the upcoming expansion.
The beta keys are going out to "3,000 of our most active Diablo III players from around the world". So, if you opted in for Diablo III's beta testing earlier this year, check your inboxes!
The beta is said to provided the fullest experience of the expansion possible, with the exclusion of the final boss, so the big grinders out there should be able to get a pretty good picture of what's to come, well before launch.
If you feel like you're missing out; there's still time! Log into you battle.net account and edit your beta settings now, as the more public, closed beta is approaching finalization, and they're still looking for participants.