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Diablo 3 Unplayable Without Internet Connection

Category: Gaming
Posted: 08:57AM

Fans of the classic Blizzard RPG are in for an annoying surprise: Diablo 3 will require players to have a constant Internet connection. If you can't connect to the Internet, then you can't play at all. Blizzard has been cited as saying that this restriction was implemented in light of the game's Battle.net and Auction House features. The developer has also stated that having players always logged in will reduce cheating incidents. Gamers can still play Diablo 3 by themselves, just as long as they're logged in to the Battle.net servers. 

When pressed if the threat of piracy was a contributing factor to the game's absence of an offline mode, Blizzard's senior producer Alex Mayberry admitted that it was one of the reasons. This could very well be a trend that PC gamers will have to get used to. "The world of gaming is not the same as it was when Diablo 2 came out,” said Mayberry. 

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VaporX on August 1, 2011 10:48AM
If they had gone a free to play model where everyone had to have an account and download the extra content then this might have worked, as a box game this is just a pain in the butt.
Locutus on August 1, 2011 11:31AM
What about LAN players? Now we have to connect to battlenet's crummy servers just to play at a LAN party? Seems silly.
NoSnipeLimit on August 1, 2011 10:10PM
Since steam came out, most lan parties have been hosted with an internet connection in south africa. It is silly though.
Dont_Stop on August 2, 2011 10:07AM
Same thing as with SC2. But this time without offline at all. A competition for scene crackers, heh?

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