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September 19th, 2013, 15:47
Fresh off the announcement of the Auction House being closed Rock, Paper, Shotgun asked Blizzard if the online requirement on the PC is next.

I got in touch with Blizzard shortly after the auction house news broke, and here’s what a rep told me:

“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 Battle.net, 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.”

So basically, same song, 572736528th verse. And while I understand Blizzard’s desire to enable a strong multiplayer environment, I don’t think that precludes them from giving people the option to play as they please – especially when the current requirement makes it downright impossible to play in many situations and environments. The online community won’t suddenly flee to the darkest corners of the Earth, hugging only the shadows of their reclusion, simply because they don’t have to play with other people all the time. Cases in point: a couple little games called Diablo I and II.
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September 19th, 2013, 15:47
look, its us guys! we made diablo 3! now with even less features! remember us?? guys????
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*haunting silence*
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September 19th, 2013, 19:57
Well, so much for ever giving this game a try.



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September 20th, 2013, 02:51
Even if they removed it I don't know how I'd be able to enjoy a game where the in depth skill trees and synergies have been removed. Also, no stat allocation.

Too shallow. Which is saying a lot for an ARPG.
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Shocking …really.
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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.
Cheat prevention, first priority benefit when playing SP.

the auction house was never the driving factor in our decision to make the PC version of Diablo III require an Internet
Or removing the perpetual online requirement tells too loud what is obvious.
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