In this day and age, purchasing PC games digitally is by far the most logical thing to do. However, with the recent update to Diablo III, those who pick up the game via Battle.net may now have more temporary restrictions.
The fact that you have to wait three days after purchasing Diablo III digitally in order to use the real money auction house is now a very well-known stipulation of the game. What you might not know, however, is that update 1.03 has brought even more restrictions to those who see no need to go buy a boxed copy of the game.
Here’s a note from support forum agent Kaltonis over on the official Diablo III forums:
Outside of the issue that we fixed, digital purchases do require a review period before they kick over from Starter to Full editions. 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.
The delay is no longer than three days, and is often much quicker than that. Hang tight. 🙂
So, basically, depending on whenever payment can be confirmed, the copy of Diablo III you just bought may restrict you to the follow:
- Only able to play Act I of the game up to the Skeleton King
- Level cap at 13
- Can only join matchmaking sessions with other Starter Edition players
- No ability to make use of Global Play
Having your payment be validated, and having your payment go through, are two totally different things—meaning that the $59.99 you paid for the game could be gone from your account, while you’re left with a copy of the game that treats you as a non-paying customer.
It’s a very tough situation. On one hand, Blizzard obviously has to do what they need to do to keep legitimate Diablo III players protected from scammers. The thought here is that this move may help stop those who would use stolen credit cards to create an account and try to get in as many transactions as possible before being banned. Under this new rule, they would be able to do little in the game before having their payment method rejected.
On the other hand, for the majority of players who are completely legit, having your brand new game be so feature locked feels like unfair punishment. It’s possible to reach the Skeleton King in about two hours or so; imagine the frustration of having that game you’ve been dying to play, but not being able to do so.