We've got a new button! The previously greyed out 'Download Public Test' button on the Diablo 3 launcher is now aflush with colour and verve, flickering in highlighted anticipation as you mouse over it teasingly. Clicking on the new button doesn't actually do anything right now, but it suggests that preparations are being made to open up Diablo 3's public test realm, the online back-room in which Blizzard test-run new Diablo 3 patches and updates. And what update would require the help of players to test it, if not the Player vs Player update due to arrive in Patch 1.1? Clues!
Phew, we almost went more than three days without a crumb of a clue of the Mists of Pandaria release date. It's definitely not before August 16, as that would render the Gamescom reveal of the World of Warcraft expansions opening cinematic ridiculous. But it's definitely soon: Blizzard are about to begin public beta testing of patch 5.0.1, which precedes the Mists of Pandaria launch by introducing some new features and functionality.