Blizzard launches free Starter Edition of Diablo III

Blizzard is giving gamers a free trial of Diablo III with the launch of its new Starter Edition, opening the hellish world of hack-and-slash to a wider audience.

Blizzard is giving gamers a free trial of Diablo III with the launch of its new Starter Edition, opening the hellish world of hack-and-slash to a wider audience.

 
Players will be able to advance to level 13 and battle up to the Skeleton King boss in Act I, providing a reasonable taste of the 60 levels and four Acts of the full game.
 
The Starter Edition can be acquired through a variety of means: existing Battle.net users can find it in the Your Game Accounts area, new Battle.net users will automatically receive a license, and friends of existing players can use their game disc to install the game on your computer.
 
 Blizzard launches free Starter Edition of Diablo III
 
There are some restrictions for Starter Edition players, such as matchmaking only available for others with a Starter Edition and no auction house access, either for gold or real money. The latter is particularly understandable in order to avoid abuses, but that might disappoint some looking to make $10,000 in game, like one player claims.
 
Any progress made and achievements earned in the Starter Edition will automatically carry over if a user decides to upgrade to the full version. All restrictions will also be removed, though it may take up to 72 hours for this to take effect.
 
Of course, any prospective players should consider authenticators and hard to crack passwords for their Battle.net account given a recent hack that exposed the details of millions of Blizzard players.
 
 Blizzard launches free Starter Edition of Diablo III