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New Diablo III players could wait up to 72 hours before playing full edition

Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:02 GMT By Staff

Blizzard has said new Diablo III players who purchase the game digitally will be restricted to the Act I of the RPG for the first 72 hours at the most.

The review period, as Blizzard is calling it, has been put in place to “step to combat fraud and other malicious activities that can weaken everyone’s play experience.” The new policy was implemented with patch 1.0.3.

In a statement provided to Shack, Blizzard said the new restrictions “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”.

The publisher expects most payments to clear, lifting the restrictions, with a day. Although the original post said players could only complete the game as far as the Skeleton King boss before payments cleared, Blizzard later corrected this information; while payments are being processed, players are free to complete until the end of Act I with a level cap of 13.

Unfortunately, a glitch has meant some of those who grabbed the digital version are stuck at that point for longer than necessary; Blizzard said a fix is in the works.

Here are the restrictions in details:

  • No public game access for unverified digital purchasers
  • No auction house access (real-money or gold) for unverified digital purchasers
  • Unverified digital purchasers cannot trade items or drop items for other players to receive
  • Unverified digital purchasers are not able to chat in any public or game channels
  • Unverified digital purchasers cannot attach a custom message to friend requests, but they can send/accept friend requests, and play with their friends
  • Global Play is not available for unverified digital purchasers

Original article by Stephany Nunneley, updates from additional staff.

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14 Comments

  1. DSB

    72 hours is the time it takes for a payment to go through internationally.

    It would make sense that gold sellers buy these games and then cancel the payment within that period.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. roadkill

    Yeah it’s totally fair for usual customers who only want to play single player DSB. Totally fair! LOL!! Actually you know what, they deserve it. Blizzard customers are the dumbest breed of gamers to ever walk on this planet. No matter what Blizzard does they’ll still buy their games. It’s simply astonishing! I bet, and I’m serious right now, I bet that some of these would go that far to even sell their kin if there would be no other way to play Diablo.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    @2 I don’t really see what that has to do with anything.

    Most people despise goldsellers, and this seems to be a pretty effective way of shutting them down, by depriving them of some measure of impunity.

    But I’m not as smart as you are, so derp derp.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. sh4dow

    @2 Amen to that.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheWulf

    I’m amazed that DSB doesn’t see the problem, here.

    After buying a game, you may have to wait for three days until you can enjoy your purchase. Oh… we know other services, like Steam, provide you with your purchase instantly, but we want you to possibly wait up to three days to enjoy your purchase.

    Look, I suppose we can work something out. Here’s a demo, it’ll only last you about 30 minutes by most accords, but that’s something and it’s more than we’d give most people. Now shut up, kid, you bother me.

    Yup, Blizzard puts their customers first.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    @5 You’re making mountains out of molehills.

    The limitations of the Starter Edition are ones that not many players aren’t likely to pass in their first three days of playings, unless they play a ridiculous amount. And if it keeps scammers out, it can only be a good thing.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. roadkill

    Michael you can be a fanboy, it’s your loss. We don’t care. But don’t be an idiot fanboy! If a customer pays for a product he/she should be able to use that product however they want and for how long they want. There should be no “limitations”. It’s like buying a Porsche with a preset speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour. How can you agree with that? I don’t understand why you’re always trying to be the a**hole around here.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. viralshag

    @7, He hardly made a “fanboy” comment.

    If anything, all the restrictions do is make this more of a SP experience by cutting out contact with other players and the AH. Which is what everyone wanted, right?

    Plus, people now know about it, can’t people just buy the game on a Tuesday or Wednesday and, you know, do something else for 72 hours?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Kabby

    Apparently the level capping was ‘a mistake’ and they will be reverting that part of this retarded patch.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @7 I made a “fanboy” comment? How is that possible, when I don’t even like Blizzard or Diablo 3?

    I just don’t think this restriction is as big a problem as its being made out to be. And if they’re removing the level cap, its even less of an issue. You’re not going to need to do stuff like trade items or use the auction house within the first three days.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    @7 Right. So you’re one guy whining about not being able to use certain features for three days.

    On the other side of the support inbox is a guy who’s whining because his account got magically breached by some kind of evil military grade hacker-genius, shortly after buying gold from some anonoymous seller online.

    Who do I need to listen to here? The guy who’s had his game and his progress ruined, or the guy who didn’t read the fine print before he bought the game?

    This is a serious measure, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for saying no to it, but goldsellers are one of the least fun parts of any ingame economy, and they do a lot more damage, than simply withholding some features for a day or two.

    If people could just say no to buying their way ahead in these games, I’m sure we’d all have more fun, and less people selling gold, but since people apparently aren’t smart enough to do that, it’s hard to justify not trying to protect them from their own stupidity.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. bo_7md

    I would have believed it’s to stop gold sellers if they didn’t add real money auction house to their game. So I can only assume that it’s not a way to keep scammer out, but to make sure they pay before they come in. It’s blizzard worrying about blizzard.

    If they were really worried about gold scammers they would apply heavier restrictions on a lot of the gold activities in the game. They don’t simply because gold scammer buy copies, which is good for business of course. It’s business as usual.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 Well really, Blizzard ensured that there would be goldsellers when they decided to introduce an ingame economy. It’s a problem that they chose to expose themselves to, but it’s still one that you have in pretty much any ingame economy.

    What kind of restrictions would that be? A cap on how much you can sell for? Yeah, that wouldn’t lead to complaints at all.

    I’d be very interested in seeing someone come up with a smart way to limit goldsellers, without raising a veritable shitstorm.

    There’s no doubt that Blizzard are looking out for number one though. The supporters who spend all day restoring peoples accounts could be busy doing a lot of other things.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. bo_7md

    For the sake of transparency: I didn’t buy the game, nor do i intend to; my experience with gold sellers comes from WoW.

    @13 and a 72 hour wait period or an always-on online isn’t going to raise complaints? They aren’t worried about that–not in the least.
    Gold sellers aren’t going to fret over a 60$ one-time payment, it’s nothing.

    Blizzard are thriving because of those gold sellers why do you think they are applying a % cashout fee on RMAH ?

    As for restrictions to stop gold sellers; well, for one add a limit corresponding to level on gold-selling and trading. will be effective especially after a ban wave, which i bet is like wow only works for a couple of days and they return with new accounts.

    Gold farmers play by using the most profitable patterns; by putting flags on player activities and applying these patterns you could identify sellers easy.

    There are many ways to stop gold sellers; sadly, there are no takers.

    #14 3 years ago

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  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

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  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

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  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

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  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

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  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

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  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

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  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

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  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

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  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

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  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

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