Diablo 3 Will Require Constant Internet Connection To Play

So naturally you’re excited that after an 11 year break, Diablo 3 is closer than ever to being a real, actual thing. We’re stoked too – check out our Diablo 3 hands-on for more on that. But there’s something players need to know. As confirmed by Blizzard reps last Wednesday during our on-site visit, Diablo 3 will require a persistent connection to Battle.net in order to play.

As you’ve guessed, that means no internet, no game. But before you get too up in arms, this does not mean there will be no single player play campaign. Diablo 3 is going to work largely the same way as StarCraft 2; Once you login to battle.net, you’ll be able to select to play Versus, or Campaign mode. Inside campaign, you’ll be able to join an existing party, create your own, or simply play the game solo, just like you can with StarCraft 2. How do I know? Because my in my hands-on, I played a solo campaign.

This obviously doesn’t address complaints from players that should the experience an internet outage of any kind, they won’t be able to play the game they’ve paid for. I share those complaints, naturally, since I like being able to enjoy a game without eating up my monthly bandwidth allotment. But at least you won’t be forced into games you don’t feel like playing.

We’ll have more to say on the subject in our in depth analysis of the new Auction House coming shortly, including statements from Rob Pardo himself on the subject.

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3 Comments on Diablo 3 Will Require Constant Internet Connection To Play

psycros

On August 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I can’t wait till this is hacked out. I give it three weeks from drop date, tops.

LTenhet

On August 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

That’s still very disappointing, I’ve seen plenty of people in other sites say “ITS NOT ABOUT PIRACY STOP COMPLAINING”… but it’s totally about piracy, they can implement all of the features of Battle.net into the game and keep it Offline. Unfortunately it will most likely be an excellent game, so it’s not like anyone is going to boycott it like they do with the UBISOFT UPLAY stuff. I’m disappointed, but I’ll still probably get it.. and then hear that 2 days later Pirates cracked it.

Stickittotheman

On October 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This is extremely disappointing. Yes I have a broadband connection so it isn’t a major problem. But I don’t like all these MMORPGS and such. I like playing games solo. Is it so much to ask for me to be able to use some/any software now a days without having to be connected to the internet?!