Blizzard is making changes to its Reaper of Souls "Friends and Family" beta to allow more media personnel and community members.
Blizzard's closed "Friends and Family" beta for the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion is now up and running and, the company is looking to do things a bit differently with it than it has with other games in the past. Whereas testing at this point in the game's development has previously been restricted to the friends and relatives of Blizzard employees, the company has decided to cast a wider net for prospective players.
That in mind, it will also be including "valued media contacts and key members of the Blizzard community." Invitations will also be extended to "3,000 of our most active Diablo III players from around the world." Participants also won't be asked to adhere to any non-disclosure agreements.
"As a result," commented the company, "You may see coverage in the form of articles, videos, streams, and forum posts appear over the next few weeks regarding various features and changes in the expansion." Blizzard urged fans to keep in mind that any articles or previews that result from this NDA-free environment will be based on a build that is still relatively in its early stages and stressed that "all content is subject to change before release." Regardless, of those warnings, there's a fair chance we'll be see a lot more of Reaper of Souls in the near future than we had expected, which, in our book, is definitely a good thing.
Source: Diablo III