If you are a fan of Blizzard’s Diablo franchise, you’ve probably been waiting eagerly for the release of its third installment, Diablo III. Some details of the game recently surfaced but some hardcore gamers won’t be happy to hear them.
Diablo III will require a constant connection to the internet to function. Unlike the past Diablo titles, the third installment will have no offline single player mode, similar to the MMO-RPG World of Warcraft. What’s worse, Blizzard has disallowed game mods and bots, which means there will be no hacks for the new game as they are “expressly prohibited.”
Diablo III’s senior producer Alex Mayberry said that there were many reasons for the decision to eliminate offline play, which includes the prevention of players cheating.
“It’s the trend that we’ve been moving towards,” said Mayberry. “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.”
Gamers asked the developers to keep the offline mode separate from the online game. Blizzard said that they felt that if gamers have started playing offline and builds up their characters, there will come a point when they will have to venture onto Battle.net. Online play eliminates the need of having to build another character from scratch and it guarantees that there are no cheating involved.
Another bad piece of news is that all items in the game’s online auction house will be paid using real world money. This means that instead of making loot killing enemies and farming for gold, you will have to use your hard-earned cash.
Is Blizzard just finding ways to make more cash by requiring players to use their own money?
via: Rock Paper Shotgun