“Starter Edition” for Diablo III leaks, Blizzard shuts down servers for “maintenance”
Blizzard has pulled the plug on the Diablo III beta prematurely as some Battle.net users gained access to the game through an unannounced “Starter Edition”. As the screenshot indicates, Blizzard is apparently working on some sort of glorified demo or free to play version of Diablo III and it leaked onto the Internet this morning. Users on Battle.net without access to the closed Beta were gaining access using this installer, forcing Blizzard to shut down servers until the issue is resolved.
Players who were able to play the Starter Edition before the servers went down said it included the same content as the Beta, with all five classes and numerous prompts to purchase the full game. This would appear to be following current business models in place for WoW and Starcraft II, who each have their own Starter Editions as of June & August last year. While I look forward to the May 15th release of Diablo III, it’s exciting to see that the “try before you buy” model is becoming a standard, and my character progression won’t be lost. Something all too common with the standard demo…
Some poor schmuck is prob getting fired now. xD
I think the "try before you buy" approach will be very important in the future. What with companies now charging you for an "online pass" and future consoles being unable to play "used, rented, or borrowed" games at all.
I might have to download it when it's available to see if 1) I like it, and 2) It'll run of my PC.
Yeah I got into the beta not to long ago and it is pretty good. Even tho I'm not going to "buy" the game due to WoW's AP program, I'm still happy to hear about this.
pretty cool, doesnt matter to me because i already have the collectors edition preordered, but pretty cool