Lots of fans have noticed that the “Diablo 3 Starter Edition” is now enabled on their battle.net accounts. You might also have seen cards for Diablo III Guest Passes on the D3CE unboxing videos. What’s the difference? A Battle.net tech post explains:
How do I get the Diablo III Starter Edition?
Log into your Battle.net Account Management page and navigate to the Download Game Clients section. The Diablo III Starter Edition will be available for download there.
Players without a Battle.net account can create one, and then download the Starter Edition.
Note: The Diablo III Starter Edition will not be available without a Guest Pass until 30 days after the game launches.
How do I download the Diablo III Starter Edition?
Navigate to the Download Game Clients section of your Battle.net Account Management page and click the icon for your operating system under the Diablo III heading.
How do I upgrade from Starter Edition to the full version of Diablo III?
Log into Battle.net Account Management and select your copy of Diablo III Starter Edition on the Game Account list. On your Diablo III Starter Edition Game Management page, you will see your upgrade options on the right-hand side.
The starter edition was briefly (accidentally) enabled back in April, if you remember one night when suddenly everyone could download the beta. Players who logged on that way had a “Diablo 3 Starter Edition” tag… for like an hour, before Blizzard realized it and shut down the server and the party.
More details came from a post by Wuluxar, one of the EU CMs. Site reader KERMIz translated that post for us, as follows:
Wuluxar said that guest pass allow us to play only to Skeleton King quest (beta content only). We will not be able to go any further. There will be no time limit – we can play as long as we want and can start at midnight on 15.05.2012.
Those people who bought digital edition will not get a guest pass – it’s only in box edition (standard and CE).
Progress in game will be saved, so when you attache you cd-key you will be able to play after Skeleton King content. You will not have to start from the beginning.
If the Starter Edition really does go live at midnight when the realms open, that could be a great thing for anyone who didn’t get their copy of D3 on time. You’d basically be playing in the Beta (again?) but with the ability to upgrade to a full install and keep your characters once you get your copy of the full game.