Diablo 3 promises to be another fan favorite when it finally gets a release, recently we posted a detailed overview of the Diablo 3 Beta which should be coming anytime soon, but since then more news has arisen to which everyone connected with Blizzard probably knew all along.
Today, Blizzard announced that Diablo 3 will need a constant internet connection to play, and will offer no offline mode to players who have not got access to the world wide web. This may have come as a surprise to veteran Diablo players and console fans, but Blizzard has stated that they do have sufficient reasons for this as we will explain below.
Diablo III executive producer, Rob Pardo spoke of the situation and explained that if a player was to create a character away from the online environment, they would miss out on character progression bonuses and wouldn’t be able to be tracked to see if they are hacking the system.
When asked about the offline mode, Pardo explains; “We thought about this quite a bit. One of the things that we felt was really important 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.”
Hacking can lead to players having an advantage and progress faster than other players, which is also apparent in other games such as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops.
Another point of note is that players who played the original Diablo and Diablo II, will have to start their characters all over again. They will not be carried on into Diablo 3 at any point, so this may frustrate hardcore Diablo players.
As stated, gamers who have ever bought a recent Blizzard game such as World of Warcraft or StarCraft 2 will know that this is the medium that they have been working towards for some time. It is not such a big deal in my eyes, as I like to have my character’s progression played out online so I can track achievements and what not, but the real question is does it bother you?