Blizzard has begun sending out the first wave of Diablo III beta invites. Go on then, go check your email.

The beta is held over the initial passages of Diablo III, culminating in an encounter with the skeleton king.

“This closed beta test is an important milestone for us as we enter the final stages of development on Diablo 3," said Blizzard’s CEO Mike Morhaime. “Our goal is to create the best action role-playing game experience to date, building on everything we've learned since the release of Diablo 2 and incorporating the powerful features of the new Battle.net platform. We hope players enjoy participating in the beta test and we look forward to hearing their feedback.”

More invitations will be sent out in the future, says Blizzard. In the meantime, you can read our hands on with the beta here.