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Blizzard speaks out about Always Online

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Blizzard speaks out about Always Online

Post by igoDrMacro on Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:25 pm

Blizzard co-founder and president Mike Morhaime has posted a lengthy statement on Diablo 3 on the forums to explain some of the reasoning behind Diablo 3′s always-online requirement and the real money auction house

Morhaime seems keen to tackle “the perception that the online requirement is nothing but an ineffective form of copy protection that has already been cracked.” He mentions that Blizzard haven’t yet encountered any functioning cracks, but suggests that security isn’t the main purpose of the online-only requirement.

“I fully understand the desire to play Diablo III offline; however, Diablo III was designed from the beginning to be an online game that can be enjoyed with friends, and the always-online requirement is the best way for us to support that design,” he says.

“The effectiveness of the online elements — including the friends list and cross-game communication; co-op matchmaking; persistent characters that you can use by yourself, with others, and in PvP; and some of our customer support, service, and security components — is tied directly to the online nature of the game.”

Read Mike's post here:



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