No offline mode for Diablo III on PC

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The PC version of Diablo III is axing both the real and faux money auction houses next year, because, according to Blizzard, they’re negatively impacting the core Diablo experience. Another “feature” of the game that sullies the experience, however, isn’t going away any time soon.

Yes, you’ll still have to be connected to the internet to play Diablo III on PC. Blizzard says it’s because the game was built from the ground up to take advantage of Battle.net, and not because they it’s a form of DRM. No sir, no DRM here.

“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 3 require an Internet connection,” a Blizzard representative wrote in a statement to RPS.

“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.”

The console versions of Diablo have none of this fluff, and they’re a heck of a lot of fun. Possibly in spite of the lack of connectivity, or possibly because of it.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

    Those scurvey dogs!

    They be hornswagglin’ us!

    • M-m-m-monster John

      You be tellin’ truths Admiral. I ain’t likin’ this one bit I say. Not one bit.

    • That Rum-Drunk Twit

      I be await’n Sir Rant-Alots response to this ‘ere bilge, ye salty, scrappy sea bass of news!
      RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!

    • Keelhauling Hammersteyn

      Har har they be scared of us. Lilly liver cod yeast rats.

      • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

        Yeasty codpieces indeed arrrr

        • M-m-m-monster John

          Careful there lads, yer words of cod might attract the Imperial Fox.

          • Rincemetimbers

            What does the fox say?! 0-O

          • M-m-m-monster John

            Yarrrr.

          • Rincemetimbers

            EK EK EK EK!

      • That Rum-Drunk Twit

        We’ll rip an’ burn their Jolly Roger, dem scabrous, weak-kneed mutineers! … Where’s the grog?!

        • M-m-m-monster John

          Aye. What ye said.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Another D3 PC article, another reason to be glad I never bothered with it. Woohoo!

    • M-m-m-monster John

      Same ‘ere

    • Mark Treloar

      Do you play Starcraft?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Nope.

        • M-m-m-monster John

          You should. Even if you’re not up for the crazy people online you can do the versus AI. But the always online thing is a bitch.

          • SaintsRowLee

            Jeg kjøpte StarCraft 2 basen spillet når Heart of the Swarm lansert. Gjett hva? Den ønsker å laste ned Heart of the Swarm. StarCraft 2 er en kul papirvekt

          • M-m-m-monster John

            Yarrr?
            I had me that same problem. But at least now when I do be gettin’ myself Heart of the Swarm I will not need to install it. Was a big irritation though, I must say meself.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            While I enjoyed 1, I doubt I’ll ever get it. When eventually all the expansions & stuff are released in one box it’ll still take a long time to have a really good special, and I’m not a big enough strategy fan to pay a premium for the game. By then I’ll have something else to play too.

            Always online isn’t really an issue for me because I have uncapped, I just think it’s stupid for a SP game to insist on it. Having to prove every time I start the game that I didn’t steal it is just insulting.

          • Wooden leg John

            I agree with SP always online. Pisses me the fudge off. I love strategy games though, so that’s why I enjoy it.

            Luckily I too have uncapped. SA’s version of uncapped at least…where you get unlimited internet as long as you don’t use too much of it. Wenches.

  • SaintsRowLee

    Y’know, as a console Diablo 3 player, I would like to extend the middle finger to the last paragraph of that quote. Seriously.

    • Rincemetimbers

      Indeed! They be lying barnicals!

      • SaintsRowLee

        Nei, bara fullt af vitleysa

  • Rincemetimbers

    Arrrr, another Master Pirate Fail!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You shut up! Your timbers are made of balsa.

      • SaintsRowLee

        Mistakast er svo vægt

      • SaintsRowLee

        Viður hans er úr Balsa? Myndi Viagra hjálpa?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That’s not a very nice thing to say about Rince :/

          (I assume)

      • Rincemetimbers

        HAHAHA! Balsa floats! This cannon ball attached to yee legs, Don’T *kicks overboard

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Erm… this cannonball is made of styrofoam. You plywood pirate!

  • That Rum-Drunk Twit

    Dear Blizzard, I’ll gut ye bow to stern, ye lice-infested, dreadful swabbie! … Scupper that!

  • Keelhauling Hammersteyn

    Yar, one can understand they be inclined to do this lest Diablo 3 sails out of Piratebay.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    “the auction house was never the driving factor in our decision to make the PC version of Diablo 3 require an Internet connection,” a Blizzard representative wrote in a statement”

    What utter filth lies be this!?

    They be lying scurvy dogs! They claimed that th’ online was there so that th’ auction house of bounty would not be flooded with ye old hacked items.

    What lies be you spweing Blizzard. How can ye change your tune now when you said last year the online was fer the AH protection?! Arrr, even a pirate has standards! Arrrrr

    • That Rum-Drunk Twit

      Th’re he is!

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        I be here now. No fear!

    • Rincemetimbers

      Ye took yer time!

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Arrr, traffic on th’ high seas matey

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    What a shock……To be quite honest, even if they did away with ther DRM, still wouldnt play it. The whole initial experience left me too angry.
    Blizzard…….Were it not for the awesomeness of Starcraft 2, you and I would be on very bad terms.

    • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

      Aye, an’ I still be havin some respect fer thar gems o’ Blackthorne an’ The Lost Vikings

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2012/05/16/the-real-reason-there-will-never-be-offline-single-player-in-diablo-3/

    http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/07/19/diablo-3-always-online-requirement-critical-to-d3s-long-term-integrity-says-blizzard-boss/

    Arr And I know thar be a Lazygamer article about this somewhere too but I ca ‘not find it amongst all the diablo news. Arrr.

    How can they be saying th’ auction house had nothing to do with the online requirement?

    • That Rum-Drunk Twit

      RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        THE KRAKEN COMES!!!!

        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          take this Kraken Blizzard

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            HARHARHAR

    • M-m-m-monster John

      I smell me some betrayal and secrets.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        That there be plenty of matey!

        • M-m-m-monster John

          They all should be sent to Davy Jones’ locker I say!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            I know a Davie Jones matey. But who be this imposter Davis jones?

          • M-m-m-monster John

            Sorry Mate, I be fixed it to it’s rightful designation!

          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

            Aye, one more and ye be walkin’ the plank Johnny

          • That Rum-Drunk Twit

            It be his cousin, TWICE remov’d! Th’t salty sea bass!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Har har

  • Arrrrrr 2 Brute?

    Them Scurvy Dogs from the Mighty Blizzarrrd be pulling my wooden leg! Arrrr, why arrr they not considering the change of Online mode at all? Arrrr!!

    • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

      Avast those lubbers!

    • M-m-m-monster John

      The only thing I be wanting on the line at me quarters is the dresses of me wenches!

      • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

        Aye aye

  • hairyknees

    O_O

  • hairyknees

    “LETS USE LOGIC!” – Said no Diablo 3 developer, EVER

  • Rags

    Yet with all the crap surrounding Diablo 3 PC, the game still received incredibly generous reviews. Lazygamer gave it 95%. Some even gave it 10/10.

    I wonder if Lazygamer and others will give the expansion 110-130% if it does away with many of the problems of the initial game…

  • Ryanza

    We do not have plans to implement an offline DRM mode. While the
    always-online DRM requirement made the auction house DRM possible, the auction
    house DRM was never the driving factor in our decision to make the DRM PC
    version of Diablo 3 require an DRM,” a Blizzard
    representative wrote in a statement to RPS.
    “The DRM was built from the ground up to take full advantage of Battle.DRM,
    which provides a number of important DRM benefits, including persistent
    server-side DRM saves, a not so seamless DRM PC multiplayer experience, DRM cheat prevention, and Real DRM and BattleTag DRM features.”

    See through the bullshit. Don’t support DRM.

    • Wooden leg John

      DRM is the core of my hate.

  • ToshZA

    LOL! Thought so. Nubs. I mean “almighty Blizz gods”.

    Ps, Console ftw?

    ~Edit: What’s with this pirate nonesense? AC4 isn’t exactly out yet.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      It is, unfortunately, international talk like a pirate day. The worst day of the year, because everybody becomes an idiot.

      • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

        Thar be two kinda scurvy dogs, those who can, an those who cannae talk like a pirate arrrrrrr

        • ToshZA

          There’s a third kind. We who can but prefer not to sound like idiots. Also, we’re the kind without scurvy. Just saying.

          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

            Those kinds also cannot handle fun and jokes it seems

          • ToshZA

            You can be funny in english too, you know? See previous post for an example. :D

          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

            Its ONE day a year where you act and joke around as a pirate, but it seems a lot of ppl don’t get that. Not aimed at you personally, just so you know

          • ToshZA

            Yeah I know. The point of it does escape me though, and it’s more than frustrating trying to read the comments. Which for me, is why its such a dumb idea. None of my thoughts are aimed at individuals here, just the whole idea of talk like a pirate day.

            I’m glad it’s over. And, despite the hate towards it, I’m glad you lot had fun.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    “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.”

    Bulldust! Consoles have an offline mode. Stop lying to us

  • Craig Boonzaier

    “a seamless PC multiplayer experience”
    Except that seam is a rubber band …

  • Wyzak

    That makes my decision easy thank you Blizzard. Now I have R500 more to spend on games that are worthy.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I can understand this… PCs are way more open to cheating and character edits and well PIRACY!

    I only bought an original Diablo 2 and exp when I had the money which was like 3 years ago… xD

    • jmababa

      even consoles are open to piracy especially xbox just remove region lock lots of people can do that

  • http://www.facebook.com/panthisza Alex [SS] PsyChoPanthis

    and just like that, blizzard destroyed my interest in D3 again.

  • Zubayr Bhyat

    Best to play D3 on console in that case. No always online, intuitive controls and more or less the same game.

  • jmababa

    Best to still play diablo 3 ofline in pc cause I have xbox emulator and is using xbox diablo3 on my pc I just changed controls now xbox D3 has same controls as D2 on my PC

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