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Blizzard president, CEO, and co-founder Mike Morhaime took to the forums to address some of the issues surrounding Diablo III since launching last May.
One of the topics discussed is the inability to play the game offline. Morhaime denies the online-only requirement was added to battle piracy and nothing else. He says the game was designed to be played online with friends from the beginning.
“While we’ve never said that this requirement guarantees that there will be no cheating or game cracks, it does help us battle those problems (we have not found any fully functional cracks),” he says. “More important to us is that the online requirement is critical for the long-term integrity of the game experience.
“Overall, while there are some downsides to the online-only approach, I still believe this was the best long-term decision for the game.
Morhaime also admits the real-money auction house in Diablo III "isn't perfect" right now and hopes to address its problems through additional player feedback. He also says players can expect gameplay improvements in future patch updates.
You can read Mike's letter in full on Battle.net.
oh pish posh you know it was to battle piracy. we all know it.
Oh, it's funny when a game company tries to cover their ass with a poor excuse. Nice try Blizzard, but this time, everyone can see right through you.
I wonder, how did PC game companies survive the 80's and 90's with full installs, disk copying, and no DRM? They must have been scrounging by on nickels and dimes. Or maybe it's because they cared about making games and wanted as many people to play them as possible.
Forget it Mike. The game was a total joke and I don't think it will last for much longer. Your announcements focusing mainly on the RMAH section of the game pretty much says you are in this only for the money.
I have moved on to Path of Exile and it is so worth the 10 bucks for the closed beta.
They don't care very much, they already have my money. But I lost interest after 3 weeks.
The gameplay is fun, but the endgame that made the Diablo series awesome just isn't there. Once you farm inferno for a while sh*t just gets boring.
The good loot drops are so few and far between that it really feels like you're pushed to use the auction house to get any kind of upgrade. It's not a terrible game by any means, but I'd give it a 7 or 7.5, it's not anything amazing.
I bought the game and I can play it for about 4 minutes until my ISP says no. They won't fix it and I can't change ISPs very easily. So. *** you Blizzard.
It'll get better with time. But I don't understand, like many of us, why the game HAS to be played online. If we pay $60 for a game, we should have the option.
It still hurts me to see the Diablo III icon on my desktop, knowing that I paid $60 for it and went to the failed midnight release.
The only thing I would go back for is an expansion or added content in general.