Video game developer Blizzard has confirmed that all the boxed copies of Diablo III, which is set to launch tomorrow, will include at least one Guest Pass that will allow the gamer to give friends a Starter Edition of the game for free.
The Starter Edition will enable gamers to explore the entire Act I of the game up to the fight with the Skeleton King, and a level 13 cap will be included for every character class.
No real money Auction Houses will be included in the Starter Edition for Diablo III and matchmaking will only include other players who have the same version of the game.
Those who play the limited version of Diablo III can then upgrade it to the full game by going into their Battle.net account, selecting their copy of the game and then selecting one of the upgrade options that appear under the Game Management page.
For the first 30 days after the launch of Diablo III
, the Starter Edition will only be offered to those who have a Guest Pass from a friend and the entire public will be able to get it after that period.
It’s not clear how many Guest Passes are available in each boxed version of Diablo III or why the digitally distributed edition of the same game lacks it.
is basically offering an extended demo of Diablo III via the Guest Pass and is probably interested in linking it to the retail copies in order to make them more attractive than simply buying the game from the Battle.net store.
Diablo III is one of the most expected titles of 2012 and will allow fans of the universe to once again choose from one of five classes in order to defend humanity from a range of monsters and supernatural opponents.