With the recent 1.0.3 patch, folks who buy Diablo 3 directly from Blizzard’s digital storefront may have to wait upwards of 72 hours in order to have the game switch over from the Starter Edition to the Full Edition or, as I like to call it, the goddamn version I paid for 56 hours ago.
Now, there are a few things to keep in mind, and yes, I’m being somewhat hyperbolic here, so here are some grains of salt with which you can read that statement:
- Blizzard is saying that 72 hours is the upper max for the switch to full ownership to be flipped. Most people will be able to play the game they paid for, following accepted rules of commerce that have stood for over a hundred thousand years, in less time than that.
- The starter edition still lets you play the game. I mean, sure, you can’t progress past level 13 or go beyond Act I and you certainly can’t play with your friends who are probably rocking the full edition because they got in on the game before the patch. But, why would you want to do that any way? Friends are overrated. Plus, Blizzard knows that once the full game is unlocked, you will be spending every waking moment playing it, so this is a way to limit your interactions with the game and get your affairs in order. Oh, you can’t use the Auction House either, but seriously, if you can’t go past level 13 or Act I, what the hell do you need to buy in the first place?
- This whole thing has been done to prevent “fraud” and a negative user experience for all players. I understand completely. It’s hard to have a negative user experience when you don’t have any user experience, or have a severely limited user experience.
Granted, you can still buy the game in physical form, if you want to buy games like a troglodyte. I have no idea how this patch affects physical copies, given that even your physical copy has an online portion, but from what I’m reading, it shouldn’t affect it at all.