In a bizarre decision presumably made to reduce server overload, Blizzard said last night that new Diablo III players may not be able to play the entire game.
As of patch 1.0.3, when purchasing a digital version of Diablo III through the online store or your Battle.net Account, players are restricted to the Starter Edition for the first 72 hours (sometimes less). Players on Starter Editions have the following restrictions:
- Act I up to the Skeleton King is available
- Level 13 cap
- Matchmaking available only with other Starter Edition players
- No Auction House access (Real Money or Gold)
- Global Play is not available. Players attempting to connect to Diablo III Starter Edition in a region other than their Battle.net Account's home region will receive Error 12. See the Global Play support article for more information.
More information regarding the Starter Edition is available here:
So if you buy the game online, you might have to wait up to three days before you can play the whole thing. Weird.
STUCK AT LEVEL 13? DIGITAL PURCHASES INFO [Battle.net]