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Diablo III 'Starter Edition' removed after accidental leak

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Early today, a glitch prompted Blizzard to take down a "Starter Edition" of the upcoming Diablo III, which briefly granted any Battle.net member access to the game beta.

Discussions about the glitch began sprouting across the web around 6 AM EST, when Battle.net account holders discovered they could download, install, and play the closed beta. At roughly 8:45 AM, Blizzard removed the installer and all beta servers for maintenance.

"The Diablo III beta is currently unavailable while we work to resolve an issue," community manager Nethaera wrote in the forums.

The lucky few who took advantage of the leak before it was plugged posted screenshots of the alleged Starter Edition of the game. According to these players, the version includes all the normal features of the invite-only beta, including the five character classes.

Blizzard previously released Starter Editions of World of Warcraft and StarCraft II last year with restrictions on levels and features. Today's events suggest that the company is planning a similar sampling for gamers interested in Diablo III.

Diablo III launches on May 15. Blizzard intends to shut down beta servers on Tuesday, May 1.

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[Ars Technica]

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