Diablo 3 Doesn’t Support Offline Play and Mods
Blizzard has revealed during a press event in Irvine that Diablo 3 is Online Only. In fact, you can’t play the game at all without internet connection.
The obvious reasons are piracy but Senior Producer Alex Mayberry says they were also concerned about cheating since it the currency-based auction house makes cheating ever more lucrative in Diablo 3.
PC Gamer has quoted Alex saying:
It’s the trend that we’ve been moving towards. Obviously StarCraft 2 did it, WoW authenticates also. It’s kind of the way things are, these days. The world of gaming is not the same as it was when Diablo 2 came out.
When asked to clarify his statement Alex said:
There’s no offline play, you have to be connected to the internet.
When asked about the prospects of keeping offline play separate from online play, executive producer Rob Pardo said:
We thought about this quite a bit. One of the things that we felt was really import was that if you did play offline, if we allowed for that experience, you’d start a character, you’d get him all the way to level 20 or level 30 or level 40 or what have you, and then at that point you might decide to want to venture onto Battle.net. But you’d have to start a character from scratch, because there’d be no way for us to guarantee no cheats were involved, if we let you play on the client and then take that character online.
Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t play a game by yourself – of course you can. You can go into and start any game that you want, you’ll just be connected to the Battle.net servers, and we can authenticate your character.
I don’t find the anti-cheat reasoning to be concrete. I strongly believe it’s a move to stop piracy. If that was hard for you to digest, the next bit of news is going to shock you. There won’t be any mods in Diablo 3. Diablo 3 doesn’t support mods and Blizzard has prohibited modding in any way as per the terms and conditions in their FAQ, points out PC Gamer.
We know for fact that these decisions are business 101 for Blizzard but will they be successful ? time will tell. Let’s discuss these business decisions taken by Blizzard, now that they have voiced their concerns and reasoned their decisions.