Blizzard: PC version of Diablo III will remain online only
Posted: 18.09.2013 17:55 by Comments: 17
The auction houses in the PC version of Diablo III may be going away, but Blizzard insists that the game will still require an online connection, and that policy isn't changing.

The studio informed Rock, Paper, Shotgun when asked about its online policy, "We do not have plans to implement an offline mode. While the always-online requirement made the auction house possible, the auction house was never the driving factor in our decision to make the PC version of Diablo III require an Internet connection. The game was built from the ground up to take full advantage of, which provides a number of important benefits, including persistent server-side character saves, a seamless PC multiplayer experience, cheat prevention, and Real ID and BattleTag social features.

The console versions of Diablo III, which were released this month, do not require the player to be online to play.
Source: PC Gamer
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By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2013
So console gamers are free to cheat and don't need persistent saves?

Wait a minute, that describes me perfectly, I cheat/mod whenever I want to in SP games and I don't care for persistent online saves either. I guess I should become a console gamer then cause they seem to allow for more freedom than the PC all of a sudden :/.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2013
Well f*ck you too blizz,i hope all the money you made off this game will bring you nothing but misery you undeserving d*cks.
By Chosen_One (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2013
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Sep 18, 2013
Asshats. Bah.
By Mindrax (SI Core) on Sep 18, 2013
Very disturbing :)
By daphdong (I just got here) on Sep 19, 2013
Well Path of Exile is going to have a lot more players by the looks, also other games currently available that actually have a better story line.
By Ishikawa (SI Newbie) on Sep 19, 2013
By CytoToxicProxy (SI Veteran Member) on Sep 19, 2013
To hell with Blizzard. I can't believe people would still pay a New price for Diablo 3 even after everyone knows it's not worth it. I bought it, I beat it in maybe 8 hours of game play. Played Nightmare mode for 2 hours and never touched it again. $20 Game tops.
By Voqar (SI Core Member) on Sep 19, 2013
I never have had any desire to play Diablo online with other people. It's a single player game to me, or a LAN type game amongst friends. I have zero interest in online saves unless it's optional and for some reason I lose my mind. So...still no sale. I refused to buy it originally and despite removing RMAH/AH being a good thing, forced online = no sale for a single player game.
By Chosen_One (SI Elite) on Sep 19, 2013
Its like, they are trying to tell us that online is a needed thing, but people tend yo not to believe em.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 19, 2013
This is the news that killed getting any expansions for me. I knew that getting rid of the AH and RMAH was a nice thing that could lead to some things, but of course, all of a sudden those were NOT the reason as to why the game was online only - NoOOOO the great benefit of always being online. Bullcrap Blizzard.
The game is stuttering while playing alone even. It is a bore and repetitive. You make it through and then you wait for 3-4 months before you can touch it again. Nah, definitely not your best.
By LS35A (SI Member) on Sep 20, 2013
Remember the day you said, 'that's it, I will never buy another Ubisoft game'?

I just had a moment like that for Blizzard. They and I have parted company for good.

NEVER AGAIN. Their vision of what PC gaming should be and mine are JUST TOO FAR APART FOR ME TO SPEND MY DOLLARS WITH THEM.
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Sep 20, 2013
Yeah... those online features are only advantages to those that want them. I have no problems with my internet, and could play it fine even when it was new, but where's the harm in having a separate bucket for characters played offline? You can mod and cheat and whatevs with your offline guys and not cheat in multi. Mind you... have they even implemented PvP? So what if you cheated a bit if it's not vs?

The game has issues beyond its always online requirement, but that was prolly the biggest marketing mistake.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Sep 20, 2013
I don't understand this... why didn't they just add the offline mode to PC while they were busy creating it for console? And why does console benefit from this, while they know how much it will p#ss off their primary community?
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 20, 2013
Exactly, why in the hell isn't there an offline mode?
Who'd bother with the auction house if one could cheat for free? That's why.
By Mindrax (SI Core) on Sep 20, 2013
By CytoToxicProxy (SI Veteran Member) on Sep 21, 2013
Pay to cheat... never thought of it like that. They capitalized on cheating. That's pretty rotten when you think about it.