New Diablo III Players Will Now Be Forced Into a 72 Hr Waiting Period
By Joseph Christ on June 21st, 2012 (21 comments)
Remember those days when you could just buy a game from the store and you got everything that was on the disc? When beating the game would net you a host of extra content that would unlock as soon as the final boss was felled? Or, when you would bring the game home and actually get to play the actual game?
Those were the days.
Now reflect on that as I tell you this. In its effort to curb cheaters, Blizzard has added a new feature to Diablo III within patch 1.0.3 that will restrict players who have purchased a digital copy into the "Starter Edition" for the first 72hrs. This means that new customers will only be able to play through Act I up to the Skeleton King, and be limited to Level 13. These new players also won't have access to the Auction House or be able to have interaction with players who are outside of the 72hr window until the review period is up.
Don't bother checking the calendar, it's not April 1st.
Blizzard is saying that there is a possibility of that 72hrs being reduced -oh happy joy!- but the only way to totally get around this new "feature" is to purchase a boxed copy of the game.
So what was that about people being behind an all-digital era? Blizzard is stating that these steps are being undertaken to improve the experience for all, but surely there is a better -and more consumer friendly- way to go about it.
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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