Diablo 3 new player restrictions partially lifted by Blizzard

A week ago, Blizzard introduced a new program that restricted new players who had just bought the download version of Diablo 3 from accessing the full game for up to 72 hours.

Their fans were none too happy with this move (as our article at the time showcased.) Today, Blizzard has announced that program has been repealed in the latest patch, Patch 1.0.3a.

Due to security reasons, there will still be some restrictions on new accounts until purchases are verified. However, those restrictions will likely only prevent players from playing outside their server, and using the Real-Money Auction House. Blizzard has said the restrictions are often lifted within a day, but could still take up to 72 hours.

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  • oddprophet - June 28, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    So instead of waiting 3 days now we only have to wait 72 hours... Yeah, I see no problem with this whatsoever! 72 hours is code for "As soon as you buy the game" right?
  • CrashmanX - June 29, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    It's a bit too much but not nearly as bad now. Now players can do just about everything except the Auction house, which if you're using the Auction House within the first 3 days, assuming you're playing only a few hours a day, then you're doing something wrong. However some of them are a bit over the top, like being locked out of general chat and not being able to join public games. Though you can still play with friends and talk to them so that's good.
  • ParagonT - June 28, 2012 12:53 p.m.

    There has to be better ways to have dealt with whatever problem they're not telling, unless they have announced why exactly. Have they? Any word on that? Got a problem? Punish.. ALL THE PLAYERS!!! *raise hand in conquest* I didn't know we were all back in Elementary and Middle School where group punishment was rampant. Good thing Blizzard is here to set us all straight for.. whatever we did!
  • ParagonT - June 28, 2012 12:53 p.m.

    Oh... I remembered what we did, we purchased their game. Shame on us.
  • CrashmanX - June 29, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    Except they're not punishing everyone. Just people who've bought the game digitally within the day. They have to verify the purchase so you don't go selling fake/hacked items on the Real Money AH or go buying items and such. Read the notes, they're not nearly as restrictive as they were, still a bit too restrictive, but not as bad. Also they're not exactly "Punishing" everyone. They're protecting most people from scams and such. This is also an attempt to cut down on Gold farmers and botters.
  • ParagonT - June 29, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    "They have to verify the purchase so you don't go selling fake/hacked items on the Real Money AH or go buying items and such." By making you wait days? Does that not seem strange that they could not have implemented a different way? Besides, they verify your account by your constant connection, so I don't think thats the reason for this as you say. Many problems could have been avoided if they made offline accounts separate from the online accounts that must be constantly on. I don't really think that any problems they see happening isn't caused by their own selves. They made the system this way, but that doesn't mean its right for them to try and fix it by punishing those that bought the game digitally.

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