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Blizzard Eases Up On Diablo 3 Digital Restrictions

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Blizzard has eliminated two of the most maddening restrictions surrounding the digital version of Diablo 3.

With the release of patch 1.0.3 for Diablo 3, Blizzard set in place a list of restrictions for those who purchase the digital copy of the PC game. These would last for approximately 72 hours while Blizzard goes through the motions of verifying payment. Obviously this is an attempt to deter credit card fraud and keep crooks from making the Real Money Auction House financially stable, but annoying nonetheless.

For those who purchase the digital copy, they're essentially locked to the Starter Edition until payment clears. This includes no public game access, no auction house access (real-money or gold), no trading or dropping items for others to receive, no public or game channel chat, no global play, and no custom messages with friend requests. The restriction also capped characters at level 13 and prevented them from moving past the Skeleton King in Act I.

"We want to be perfectly clear that these are temporary restrictions (often lifted within a day and at most 72 hours) associated with digital purchases for the protection of players," Blizzard said last week. "We appreciate player feedback and will continue to evaluate the best methods for ensuring a positive game experience for everyone."

Since then, Blizzard has released patch 1.0.3a which addressed a few issues including the amount of wear-and-tear done to armor in regular combat, Zombie Bear fears of players on slopes (shrug), gold and service exploits, and more. However on Tuesday Blizzard said the patch also addresses two anoying issues surrounding the restrictions placed on the digital copy.

"Leveling and Act I content restrictions for unverified digital purchasers have been removed with patch 1.0.3a. Please note that this change will not take effect until your game client has been updated to the most recent patch," the company said.

Originally Blizzard said these two factors were "unintended" and that the team was "working to correct this as soon as possible." Now gamers can have marathons without level caps and progress restriction while their credit card clears. As for the other restrictions, they're all still in place for up to 72 hours, and that's just the way it is -- like it or leave it.

"While most payments are approved and restrictions are lifted within a day, in some cases it can take up to 72 hours to complete this process," Blizzard said. "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."

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    velocityg4 , June 29, 2012 4:10 AM
    Now they just need to remove the always online to restriction in the next patch. For single player or LAN parties they need to allow completely offline gaming. Then I'll buy a copy. Just make it so you can't use your players from single/LAN gaming in the online environment or auction house.
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    bak0n , June 29, 2012 2:46 AM
    How about removing a cash shop altogether? Problem solved.
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    oraygungor , June 29, 2012 4:05 AM
    Diablo 3 is dead game already, please stop advertising Diablo...
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    sharpiedpanda , June 29, 2012 2:11 AM
    Always buy the box for games that matter?
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    geof2001 , June 29, 2012 2:29 AM
    And why would blizzard object to this if that were really the intention of the crooks?

    "keep crooks from making the Real Money Auction House financially stable"

    *sigh*
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    bak0n , June 29, 2012 2:46 AM
    How about removing a cash shop altogether? Problem solved.
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    oraygungor , June 29, 2012 4:05 AM
    Diablo 3 is dead game already, please stop advertising Diablo...
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    velocityg4 , June 29, 2012 4:10 AM
    Now they just need to remove the always online to restriction in the next patch. For single player or LAN parties they need to allow completely offline gaming. Then I'll buy a copy. Just make it so you can't use your players from single/LAN gaming in the online environment or auction house.
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    DroKing , June 29, 2012 4:15 AM
    velocityg4Now they just need to remove the always online to restriction in the next patch. For single player or LAN parties they need to allow completely offline gaming. Then I'll buy a copy. Just make it so you can't use your players from single/LAN gaming in the online environment or auction house.


    Diablo 2 had this. So Diablo 2 is a much much more future proof game (if you ignore the graphics and focus on features aspect) than Diablo 3 is. Its absurd i tell you!
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    lpedraja2002 , June 29, 2012 5:06 AM
    velocityg4Now they just need to remove the always online to restriction in the next patch. For single player or LAN parties they need to allow completely offline gaming. Then I'll buy a copy. Just make it so you can't use your players from single/LAN gaming in the online environment or auction house.


    I too would buy the game if they made these changes.
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    NuclearShadow , June 29, 2012 9:19 AM
    sharpiedpandaAlways buy the box for games that matter?


    Given the always online restriction to play I'm not sure having the physical copy matters too much after this change in policy. Don't get me wrong though I have no support for them restricting and effecting people who go with the digital format. They are the one's who made the real money auction house and reasons for people to try to commit fraud for quick profits, so they are the ones who should deal with the issue not the gamers.

    velocityg4Now they just need to remove the always online to restriction in the next patch. For single player or LAN parties they need to allow completely offline gaming. Then I'll buy a copy. Just make it so you can't use your players from single/LAN gaming in the online environment or auction house.


    It will never happen though. Because people bought it in such mass it goes to show you that most gamers will cave in and buy the games despite it's limits and restrictions regardless. If Diablo 3 flopped in sales you could have expected this to be patched in within a matter of a month in a desperate attempt for people to buy it. Now we can expect this to happen with other games too and do expect the real money auction house to start appearing in many future titles as well.
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    cscott_it , June 29, 2012 12:13 PM
    And all it took was a lawsuit from France and Germany, South Korea demanding that they refund customers, etc.
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    sweetleader , June 29, 2012 12:47 PM
    Can we stop with the useless Diablo news. If people want news on a crappy video game, or any video game then they need to go to a video game website. This is a tech website.
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    leongrado , June 29, 2012 1:54 PM
    Yes.... We don't need a Diablo III update every freakin day. I don't know if Blizzard is paying you to write these articles but frankly most of us don't care.
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    kyuuketsuki , June 29, 2012 3:31 PM
    If you don't care about it, then don't read the article. What the hell? Is having a small line of text with a headline about Diablo in the article listing really bothering you that much?
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    spookyman , June 29, 2012 4:18 PM
    I wish they removed the always online for Star Craft II. It killed the game requiring an internet connection.

    The reason StarCraft is still being played today is due the LAN party concept.

    But Activision\Blizzard or who ever forgot this concept. Diablo III will die out because of the always online and no lan party feature.
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    sweetleader , June 29, 2012 4:33 PM
    KyuuketsukiIf you don't care about it, then don't read the article. What the hell? Is having a small line of text with a headline about Diablo in the article listing really bothering you that much?


    Yup.
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2012 5:47 PM
    Why do you feel it necessary to do an article on every diablo 3 patch? Leave the patches to their web site, its getting old.
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    husker , June 30, 2012 2:07 PM
    KyuuketsukiIf you don't care about it, then don't read the article. What the hell? Is having a small line of text with a headline about Diablo in the article listing really bothering you that much?

    Because it is about more than one game and one company. You have to stop this kind of thing before it becomes an industry standard. See, it's all about being able to think beyond the next 5 minutes.
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    Burodsx , June 30, 2012 10:34 PM
    cscott_itAnd all it took was a lawsuit from France and Germany, South Korea demanding that they refund customers, etc.


    Wish we could get a refund in the US...
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    cirkos , July 1, 2012 12:47 PM
    got my DIII at http://www.diablo3trial.com
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    youssef 2010 , July 3, 2012 1:40 AM
    geof2001And why would blizzard object to this if that were really the intention of the crooks?"keep crooks from making the Real Money Auction House financially stable"*sigh*


    They mean financially UNstable. But spelling mistakes have become TH's habit lately. Almost all articles contain spelling mistakes. This is sad as this site used to contain no spelling mistakes at all. They must rely on office spelling and grammar check so much.