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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Apr 19, 2012

Diablo III Beta Servers Down, Possible Hint At Starter Edition


Something interesting happened yesterday. People without beta access were finding that they could download and install Diablo III. What was most interesting, however, is that when they started exploring the menus, they found that the copy of Diablo III they were playing was being called a “Starter Edition”. After having the edition up for about 3 hours, however, Blizzard proceeded to shut down the beta servers for maintenance, only saying that “The Diablo III beta is currently unavailable while we work to resolve an issue.”

Now, last year Starcraft II and World of Warcraft both had starter editions come out, allowing people to play the game up to a certain point before prompting them to pay for the whole game. With this leak, many other websites are speculating that Diablo III will be getting a starter edition soon. I would have to agree with them, especially considering that Blizzard announced that the Diablo III beta servers will be shutting down for good on May 1st. So, who knows? Maybe we’ll see the starter edition a week or two before the game comes out, to whet our appetite, so to speak!

Diablo III will be released on May 15th. If you’ve pre-purchased the game, you can go ahead and pre-load the game onto your PC, so that you can play the moment the servers are online.

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