Diablo 3 Beta Bug Hints at Possible “Starter Edition”
The internet was abuzz early this morning (around 6AM EST) at the news that glitch in the Battle.net system was allowing anyone with an account to download the Diablo 3 beta, which is usually invite only. These early-rising demon hunters didn’t manage to get much playtime in, however, as Blizzard quickly took the beta servers down to correct their error.
Interestingly, those who did manage to get their hands on the accidental version noticed a tooltip (pictured above) that suggested they were using the “Starter Edition.” Blizzard, knowing that their products are the video-game equivalent of weaponized crack, have released starter editions for their games before; StarCraft II and World of Warcraft both offer “first one’s free” samples with heavily limited featuresets designed to get prospective players hooked.
Judging from the shenanigans this morning, it seems like that they will repeat this process with Diablo 3, offering the content that used to be the closed beta for free in an effort to drum up business. Ars Technica, which broke this story, even suggests that the Starter Edition will become available before the game releases on May 15th.