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.