Diablo III downloads restrict features, cap levels temporarily

[UPDATE]: Blizzard's 1.03 patch limits digital purchasers to Starter Edition until payment is verified; publisher says level cap limit is unintended, will be fixed soon.

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Gamers who pay to download Diablo III won't have full access to the game for up to three days, thanks to tweaks made in the game's latest patch. According to a post on Blizzard's forums, Diablo III downloaders will only be able to play the Starter Edition of the game for up to 72 hours after purchase.

Hope you like killing the Skeleton King, because you'll be doing it for the next 70 hours.

The Starter Edition for the PC dungeon crawler caps character levels at 13 and progress through the end of Act I. It also prohibits auction house access and multiplayer matchmaking with anyone who is not also using a Starter Edition or in the same region.

A customer support article on Blizzard's site states that the restrictions remain in place until payment verification is completed, a process that can take up to three days. The change was made Wednesday along with several other modifications in the game's 1.03 patch.

"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," Blizzard support forum agent Kaltonis said in a forum thread about the issue.

To find out more about Diablo III, read GameSpot's review.

[UPDATE]: A Blizzard representative explained the limitations to GameSpot, saying, "Similar to World of Warcraft, these restrictions were put in place to deter credit card fraud, which in turn helps reduce gold spam and other harmful activities that can have a negative impact on the game experience for everyone.

"However, as an unintended consequence of these security measures, players who purchase the game digitally after patch 1.0.3 are temporarily being capped at level 13 and not able to proceed beyond Act I. We are working to correct this as soon as possible and will provide another update when we have more details to share."

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Lane24
Lane24

Checked out Grim Dawn, and it looks good at this time.  At least their servers weren't down!  Thanks for the info Thumbler76!

elancion
elancion

meh, too busy playing dragons dogma to be concerned

Kenral
Kenral

I know how to fix the game:

1) Go back in time, kill it fire and start over.

2) Involve a Mass Effect system of choices, limit it to 4 options max per choice.

3) Involve the character you play with the choice.

4) Have a Non-Mass Effect 3 ending where your choices matter.

5) Make it all Lore cannon accurate so fans can't claim its just a 'clone' of another game.

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

hmmmm... I'm reading so many posts in the diablo 3 european forums... the gamers are bloody angry! This rmah thingy has ruined the gameplay, with the droprate in the various difficulty levels lowered a lot, from what I've read...

istipisti1488
istipisti1488

I can`t help but seriously wonder what are the ppl at ActiBlizzvisionard on, when they come up with things like this... 0.o

goeyguy03
goeyguy03

Some of my best sex has been with hookers, one's fairly new, and still give me that "GF" experience.  thats when love takes on a whole new meaning!!

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

Diablo 3 - Its kind of like sex with a hooker.

Its sex, so thats a plus. However its with a hooker.

 

How long does it take to make a friggin game? Honestly, they knew the game wasn't ready hence the DRM. Period.

Doomrul
Doomrul

Year 2035 : Blizzard Authentication Offices around the world. Required papers : 1) Internet Bill on your name or first degree relatives (Only Mother and Father)2) CC Statement from Bank (No more hard copy games'all purchases online)

3) Proof of address4) Proof that you own the computer you will play the game with

5) Telephone bill or proof that you own the phone number you are using

6) Copy of passport or driving license

7) A letter from work or school proves that you are who you say you are

8) 30 days probation period to verify these information

9) Re-confirming these information in 6 months time

10) A full check of your computer that will be done by Blizzard agents (first come first served' PRE ORDER customers have priority)

 

Now you can play ?

ck1nd
ck1nd

Reading through some of these comments make me understand why the vocal minority is always less than intellectually fit. Instead of being patient, you spout nonsense just to say you did.

 

Instead of acting like a couple of animals, sit back and enjoy something else if Diablo 3 doesn't suit you at the moment. 

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

Rofl to the ones who payed 60 euros (about 80$) and after they wait for ever to log in, get kicked by the servers and lose everything and then get level capped and locked up in act 1.

They should mess up with WoW 2, not with a beloved series that was never meant to be MMORPG, in the first place...

 

louie_cloud
louie_cloud

Ok people!   I would like to ask each one of you to say the word "DIABLO" out loud many times and you will hear eventually on what blizzard has been up to and why are they doing these kind of practices to piss off gamers.

 

 

Diablo Diablo Diablo Diablo Diablo Diablo

 

Exactly XD

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

I'm actually watching some videos about Torchlight 2, and the more I see the more it seems to me very promising. In addition to that, the developers are more focused in listening to the community needs, and the game will be more open to mods developed by the gamers who are interested in those. Plus, there will be 2 kind of multyplayer modes (internet, lan) that will allow players to enjoy T2 in cooperative. All this without a forced online single player. Nice! I'm wondering how Gamespot will rate this game, even in comparison with Diablo 3. Comparison that cannot be ignored!

slyguy65
slyguy65

WTF is this "starter" edition thing?

jthotty
jthotty

No more DIII for me I hate it.

gunnplay
gunnplay

I don't like how Blizzard is holding an iron grip on our play experience.  Since when is my EXPERIENCE your responsibility once I purchase the game?  I never asked you to "police" my game experience, I just wanna flipping play the game!  You should be concerned with bugs, patches, online latency, sales and the like, not my play experience.  Just tell the truth:  "We don't want anyone stealing our game so, we're going to go overboard trying to keep the thieves from playing, to the chagrin of our loyal fanbase."

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i have got so bored of this game now, finished the game once, got 2/3s the way into 2nd play and i think to my self, Why am i playing the game over again lol. For some extra gear, that means nothing.

 

the random level thing is a joke, nothing has changed from layout or anything from 1st play. The game is just an over hyped mess. D2 was a fun game, D3 is a joke. 

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

Blizzard thought Diablo was an MMO, it wasn't it is an A-RPG and they've neglected this fact when producing the game. Their latest joke for an update has destroyed the game, from 15k games (which is still pretty lame) now down to 2k- games. Way to go Blizzard!

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

Enjoyed Diablo 3 for about a Month. Bored with it now though. Really dont see why everyone plays it over and over again. Let alone paying for items in real money.

revengeofthedj
revengeofthedj

if only jane had boobs we would not have thease problems 

Gomtor
Gomtor

I played D3 on normal and it was OK.  Heard you should play it again to get the REAL experience.  Tried that, but it became to boring after the first few hours.  D3, like most games is just plain boring playing it over and over again.

WAS D3 WORTH THE WAITING - NO

Doomrul
Doomrul

ha ha ha ...I am just laughing at fools who spent so much money for this mind boring farming fest...

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

Well..those who complain about diablo 3..usually came from WoW..or never touched the Diablo Franchise to begin with..Wan't to really get mad? go buy Diablo 2..and try playing that online...lmfao(And you will also understand why no offline single player due to hacks)

jbarry89
jbarry89

Honestly, I'm just glad to see them working hard after the whole log-in day heyday. After Error 37, I'm tired and disappointed of new games failing to live up to expectations, and hope to see more from this otherwise ... Passable game, soon.

zyxahn
zyxahn

Great game.  The having to be online thing still sucks though.  My ip went down for a few hours to work on it but that is the only bad thing about it at this point for me.  You have to like the game alot to play it multiple times through obviously.  You can still have a life and play it for a few hours a week.

GreySeven
GreySeven

What kind of person grinds that game past level 60?  A robot!

twitch71986
twitch71986

EASY FIX FOR THIS BUG:

Change your password and this glitch will disappear!

The same $#!% happened to me, saw in a forum to just change your pass, and it worked like a charm.

BoSnerdly
BoSnerdly

The worst thing about Diablo 3... the people who KEEP b!tch!ng after 5 1/2 weeks. I've never seen a 'love to hate' feeding frenzy beating a dead horse worse than what's happening to D3. It's fine if you hated it, but just go away and play another game. Get on with your miserable lives.

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

 @Lane24 ehm, I didn't even know about the existence of Grim Dawn, maybe you have to thank another user! :)

Anyway, take a look to some Torchlight 2 videos on youtube. It looks like a very good arpg, and a good alternative to Diablo 3.

blackothh
blackothh

 @Doomrul Dont forget fingerprint sensitive mouse to make sure you are signed in as who you say you are

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

 @Doomrul 11) A sample of your blood, so DNA checks can be made to verify your identity... 

stevenrkorea
stevenrkorea

You have a perfectly valid point.  If you don't like it play something else.  The small problem with that, however, is that Blizzard is an industry leader and other companies will follow in the path they carve.

 

Also, to say that it is a vocal minority is downplaying the reaction.  In other articles on Gamespot it was mentioned that Blizzard is being forced to give refunds to people that bought the game in certain countries like South Korea due to the fact that entire business industry (their internet cafe industry which is huge) is just fed up with their nonsense.  

 

 

BSEE10
BSEE10

 @ck1nd that is why this is the comment section, not a wise-ass section. The comment section doesn't suit you at the moment. GET OUT

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

 @ck1nd same problem. Again. And again. And again. Now I have a question for you: does it look to you so strange that people can at the same time enjoy a game, but be annoyed by the treatment the developer's software house has reserved to them? Is that so weird?

Maybe I'm becoming psychotic! I enjoy Diablo 3 but it irritates me how much blizzard pretends to control what i'm doing with the game i have bought at 60€ price. OMG! I'm going mad!

ArcherRO
ArcherRO

 @Thumbler76 If you like ARPG's you should keep an eye out for Grim Dawn.It's being developed by devs that also worked on Titan Quest.

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

 @gunnplay I begin to get convinced about the fact that blizzard spent 60-70% of the developing time of diablo 3 thinking out every possible trick to control the game and the gamers.

Plataea
Plataea

 @TERMINATOR-SSD 

In my opinion, only the first Diablo had a sufficient degree of randomness in the level design to feel different every time you started a new character.

Blue_Tomato
Blue_Tomato

 Agree, I played through once in single player, that's enough. The randomization is too subtle for it to be interesting to go through again;

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @KingofCabal For D2, it was the PvP aspect of the game that drove people to desire to grind for the best gear (or pay for it via 3rd party websites).  But since D3 didn't start out with PvP, I think that Blizzard made a huge blunder by not giving players that insatiable drive to be better than their friends and competitors via the gear they acquired.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

@Doomrul No need to make them feel worse. We can hope that in the future they will know better, because if they keep buying into this DRM rubbish there may be negative consequences for all "Gamers" and the Industry.

Choad-Warrior
Choad-Warrior

 @minty_cbo I never played online in open games because of the hacks yes. 

 

Instead I played with friends over and over again via LAN parties and private online games. Because I could do different character builds and to me the loot drops seemed better...especially with unique legendary items. Unless they have those in D3...haven't seen or heard. 

 

Always online isn't needed for any of that. 

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @minty_cbo I don't play MMOs and happened to love D2.  The hacks are a problem, but that happens to almost all games that are over a year old.  I don't like the always online for single player, and they have made drops WAY more scarce in D3 intentionally to drive auction house sales and their 15% cut.  

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

 @BoSnerdly I like it. If someone has to criticize your beloved game is a miserable person.

Pathetic fanboy, if you don't like to read about other players unhappiness with Diablo 3, do yourself and us a favour: play wtf you like and don't offend.

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

 @ArcherRO very interesting. I'm looking at the screenshots now, and it has the graphic style D3 should have had to be more consistent to the Diablo 2 visuals! xD

Thumbler76
Thumbler76

 @FOXhound1971 so, we should love every aspect of a game just because we play it, and we aren't allowed to post any critics because some fanboys get offended. This is a sort of forum when gamers can (or, at least, should) discuss about the good and the bad that happens to them in realtion of a certain game. Bad news, guys. We can't.

Drahk1
Drahk1

 @Gomtor No, he's right.  Why the fuck would you continually bash it so long after release.  You know why?  Because you actually do like it, but just want to see some minor things changed about it.  Otherwise, it's pretty pathetic to continually harp on a game this long after release.  I'm pretty sure if I really hate a game I would just flat out ignore it and move on.

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @FOXhound1971 I just want to applaud you for being one of the few gamers that actually knows the proper use of YOU ARE by using the contraction rather than the common YOUR that you see on the internet all the time. O_o