Blizzard has posted an official update on the digital purchase restrictions, users who purchased a digital copy no longer have to wait to continue past Act 1 content.
Diablo III will be patching to 1.0.3a tomorrow morning. Below are the official patch notes.
Diablo III Patch 1.0.3a – v.1.0.3. 10235
Patch 1.0.3 has gone live and it's a big one! Most of the changes should come as no surprise for those of you who have read Wyatt Cheng's 1.0.3 design preview. You can read the rather massive set of patch notes below.
Diablo III patch 1.0.3 is now live in the Americas. Check out the full patch notes below to learn about all the latest changes.
Important: Please note that you will not be prompted to download patch 1.0.3 until the patch is live in your home region. If you are logging in from a European or Asian client, you will need to wait for this patch to release in that region before it can be installed. Additionally, if your home region is the Americas, you will be unable to log into Europe or Asia using Global Play after patch 1.0.3 is live until those regions have also patched.
Diablo III Patch 1.0.3 - v.18.104.22.16857
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Update: Bashiok has confirmed this IS the first hardcore inferno clear. A HUGE congratulations to Kripparrian and Krippi on meeting their goal prior to the 1.0.3 patch!
The first streamed hardcore inferno clear happened today at 1:44 am PDT by Kripparrian and Krippi. Whether or not this was the world first clear is unclear. Bashiok commented on his Twitter account regarding the subject.
When asked why no other hardcore inferno clears have been made known, Bashiok tweeted the following responses.
Well you have the data, why don't you tell us if someone had already killed d inferno hardcore then?
We don't publicly announce/recognize world firsts. I'm just surprised that was the first one that was publicized.
Could you at least give a date on the actual inferno HC first clean? Or how many people did it at this date?
I'll double check it when I get into work tomorrow. :)
Regardless of whether or not this was the world first, it is still very impressive. Congratulations to Kripparrian and Krippi!
Tomorrow brings Diablo 3's fist major Patch, 1.0.3. Along with it comes a rather large nerf to Attack Speed, I am just posting this in hopes people realize not to buy Attack Speed items from the auction house. Your items will be nerfed tomorrow!
As a reminder, we will be nerfing "Increases Attack Speed" (IAS) effects on all items except quivers with the 1.0.3 patch. This change does affect unidentified items as well, as item affixes and ranges are determined at the time of an item being dropped, and not when identified.
Characters with IAS on their items will see a drop in their character sheet damage, as character sheet damage takes into account attack speed among other factors.
This change should not be confused with the Legendary buffs coming in a future patch (not 1.0.3), and those buffs, as previously mentioned, will not be retroactive.
You can read more about these and other upcoming changes in the 1.0.3 Design Preview blog.