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First players complete Diablo III on hardest difficulty

Blizzard confirms the first players have completed Diablo III on Inferno with a hardcore character.

More than a month after the game's release, the first people in the world have managed to complete action role playing game Diablo III on the hardest difficulty setting.

Two players took on the game's final boss on the Inferno difficulty setting with a hardcore character, which means if the avatar is killed then it is gone forever.

A Canadian gamer based in Toronto named Kripparrian recorded a video of the tense encounter and uploaded it to YouTube, explaining in the introduction how he wanted to be the first person in the world to truly complete the game.

What's more, he and his compatriot named Krippi, wanted to do it before developers Blizzard Entertainment dropped the difficulty with the 1.0.3 patch.

"With this patch, the bosses, the mobs, they become easier," Kripparrian said in the video of the kill.

"We didn't want to beat it that way. We wanted to beat the game when it was hard, at the hardest point possible. So it was a race against time."

Blizzard's community manager Bashiok has since confirmed the accolade.

The final boss battle took more than 20 minutes to finish, with the gamers jubilant upon its completion.

Blizzard recently announced on that new versions of Diablo III will now be restricted to the Starter Edition for the first 72 hours.

This limits players to level 13, they will not be able to progress past the game's first main boss battle (Skeleton King) and the gold and auction houses will be closed off.

"Outside of the issue that we fixed, digital purchases do require a review period before they kick over from Starter to Full editions. We apologise for the inconvenience, but it is a necessary step to combat fraud and other malicious activities that can weaken everyone’s play experience," writes support forum agent Kaltonis in an official statement.

However, he added that the period could be much quicker than that.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801391752-ADNFCR