If there was one component of Diablo 3, one factor that really drove fans Barbarian mad, it had to be that the game required a constant internet connection in order to be played. A connection that inevitably had some issues with lag and consistency. Sure, it had some benefits in the form of co-operative play, but sometimes, people just want to be alone when they slay their way through Sanctuary. The game is now on the way to PlayStation platforms, and it looks like it may be going offline for those gamers.
“You can have four people on the same screen – no split-screen, we just zoom the camera out. Or if you’re offline…” said Sony’s John Hight before being interrupted by GameTrailers host Geoff Keighley in a post-PlayStation Meeting interview that BlizzPlanetGaming picked up on via Eurogamer. So what does that derailed train of thought mean? Offline four-player co-op perhaps?
Always online was also a feature that helped keep the real money attitude of the Diablo 3 auction house intact and safe, but whether that function will be available on the Playstation 3/4, is unknown right now. Speaking more about the port, Hight mentioned that the progress on the PS3 version of the game was “much further along” than on the PS4, but seeing as how that console is only out way later in the year, it’s not too surprising to hear that.
But if Diablo is really going to have offline capabilities, it’s going to be a move that can really help sell the game for that platform.
And most likely piss off PC gamers even further.
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