As a journalist, it is my duty to alert the masses of breaking news. Today, I do that in revealing this healthy piece of information: Diablo III is out now. Literally, you can now drive to a store or access Battle.net, Blizzard’s digital distribution service, and find Diablo III sitting among the piles of software. It’s a sight to behold, but it might not be so awe-inspiring to those who haven’t spent the past 13 years pining for the title’s ultimate release. For that demographic, according to a report by Gamesradar, Blizzard has announced the Diablo III Starter Edition as a free method of testing the waters of Hell.
Diablo III Starter Edition is a free demo obtained by a guest pass found in boxed copies of Diablo III and that will be available as a free download after 30 days have passed since the game’s launch. In this small sample of the title, players can experience the first act of Diablo III and can gain experience up to level 13. They will, however, be unable to access such new features as the game’s auction house until purchasing a full copy at retail or through Battle.net.
In the same breath, Blizzard also announced further online functionality for Diablo III. Interested users will be able to access Battle.net view their character’s equipment and skills alongside those of their peers that they might wish to emulate as they push forward in the single-player campaign.
Diablo III is available now for Mac and PC through physical retail or Battle.net.