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This morning Blizzard was forced to take down the Diablo 3 beta servers to fix an issue. It seems that a Starter Edition of the action RPG was accidentally unlocked on all Battle.net users' accounts.
Players that downloaded the Starter Edition before servers went offline said that it was similar in content to the beta. They could play through part of the single-player campaign and try out any of the character classes. The user interface prompted players to upgrade to the full version to unlock this or that feature.
Last summer Blizzard released Starter Editions for both World of Warcraft and StarCraft II. Both are accessible to anyone with a Battle.net account and provide players with access to a limited amount of the game. If players decide to pay for the full version, their progress from the Starter Edition carries over seamlessly.
The fact that a D3 Starter Edition already exists suggests that Blizzard will release it soon after the game's launch. They're not ready to announce it just yet, though. They simply said that they took down the beta servers this morning in order to fix an "accessibility error".
Blizzard plans to run the closed beta until the end of the month. At that point, they'll shut off the game servers until D3's May 15th launch.