Online purchasers must play 'Starter Edition' before Blizzard review
As part of the fight to combat thieves and cheaters, Blizzard will be forcing new digital Diablo III players into a 72-hour Starter Edition trial before letting them play the full game
In what it appears to be a really bizarre move, Blizzard seems committed to try to protect the "sanctity" and "security" of the Diablo III experience.
That's right, players who purchase the downloadable "Digital Edition" of the game will be severely limited to the "Starter Edition" for up to 72 hours while their accounts are approved by Blizzard staff.
Here's their official statement:
Another support agent from Blizzard addressed complaints and explained the following:As of patch 1.0.3, when purchasing a digital version of Diablo III through the online store or your Battle.net Account, players are restricted to the Starter Edition for the first 72 hours (sometimes less). Players on Starter Editions have the following restrictions:
- Act I up to the Skeleton King is available
- Level 13 cap
- Matchmaking available only with other Starter Edition players
- No Auction House access (Real Money or Gold)
- Global Play is not available. Players attempting to connect to Diablo III Starter Edition in a region other than their Battle.net Account's home region will receive Error 12. See the Global Play support article for more information.
More information regarding the Starter Edition is available here:
Keep in mind this only affects the Digital version. If you buy the boxed retail ver., you'll be alright.Outside of the issue that we fixed, digital purchases do require a review period before they kick over from Starter to Full editions. We apologize for the inconvenience, but it is a necessary step to combat fraud and other malicious activities that can weaken everyone's play experience.
The delay is no longer than three days, and is often much quicker than that. Hang tight.
However, that doesn't make the move better at all.
What do you think?
NEWS SOURCE #1: If you buy Diablo III online you may have to wait 72 hours to play the whole game (via) Kotaku
NEWS SOURCE #2: Diablo III digital purchases can be limited for up to 72 hours (via) ArsTechnica
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