Q&A: Does Diablo III Really Need Online-Only?
- May 17th, 2012
- By MogKnight
There are some good reasons why Diablo III having that online requirement is needed. Diablo II was plagued with hackers, exploits, and illegal methods of item duplication. With the foundation placed by Blizzard, it gives Blizzard a way to stomp these great evils that can ruin an online game.
Of course, there are many bad reasons. The Error 37 bit has become a bit of a meme and was a trending topic on Twitter on May 15th, D3′s release date. The issues that Blizzard would solve with stomping hacks and exploits would not apply at all to those that prefer to play the game single player. And yes, not being able to play the game completely offline is a huge bother for those that cannot connect to the internet.
There were possibily other ways to go about this while still maintaining what Blizzard aims to do with the real money auction house and being able to build a huge online infrastructure under the Battle.net name.
So my question to you: Does Diablo III really need to be online-only? Considering the issues with D2′s online play, blending both offline and online characters, and still maintaining that real money auction house that is void of exploiters and illegal activity, what do you think would work better. Do you think that the cure is worse than the poison?