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Old 05-08-2012, 11:11 AM   #1
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Diablo III - Single-Player or Multi-player?

Can someone explain the game-play nature of Diablo III? Is it a stand alone, single player game that MUST be played by connecting to the net (like STEAM) or is it an online multi-player game? I'm confused because I've read it both ways.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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how this is related with steam itself?
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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Diablo III isn't being released on Steam.

But yes, there is an always-online DRM.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:13 AM   #4
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Yes you MUST connect to B.net when playing single and/or multi.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:22 AM   #5
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It's both, can be played single player or co-op multiplayer. And either way you have to be online.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:32 AM   #6
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It is an Action RPG that has both Single player and Online Co-op up to 4 players. Even in SP mode you need to be connected to the server.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:37 AM   #7
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To clarify the situation.

Diablo3 requires an persistent online connection, like Assassins Creed does.

You can play single player or multiplayer, however you still need a persistent connection to play either.

This is because ALL ITEMS are server generated, and thus require you to be online for your drops to be valid. This is also to reduce fraud in both the GAH (Gold Auction House) and RMAH (Real Money Auction House) as it makes things more 'difficult' to dupe items (in theory). Thus the requirement for a persistent connection, is mainly to ensure the consistency and validity of the items generated that will be sold via both GAH and RMAH.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:40 AM   #8
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^ Exactly why I won't be buying it. It's pretty hard to support such DRM with your wallet, but I'm sure fans will not care. I just hope there's gonna be loads of trouble associated with this game so they can finally realize that always-on DRM is silly.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:49 AM   #9
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It's not DRM, it's an always online connection to stop bots and hackers. But it's not DRM. If it wasn't always online the whole online system would be screwed (like in Diablo 2, dodgy third party sites farm items with bots and sell them).
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #10
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^ Good luck playing without an internet connection then.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:55 AM   #11
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^ Good luck playing without an internet connection then.
What? That's not possible.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:06 PM   #12
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I'll go with Blizzard servers any day. Chances to see their servers closed, just because they release new sequels (which takes them around 10 years for every game developed), or even frequent downtimes (can't say the same for Steam nowadays) are too slim to even think about it, while I can't say the same for Ubisoft, EA or any other company that supports always online DRM for singleplayer games.

Still, when you rely on server something is always bound to happen, unexpected downtimes, unscheduled maintenance and so on. I'm not concerned.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:38 PM   #13
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Opps, I posted this in 'General Discussion' not in 'Off Topic'. May the gods have mercy on my souls as I am hanged, drawn and quartered.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:45 PM   #14
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^ Exactly why I won't be buying it. It's pretty hard to support such DRM with your wallet, but I'm sure fans will not care. I just hope there's gonna be loads of trouble associated with this game so they can finally realize that always-on DRM is silly.
Considering how much experience Blizzard has keeping both WoW and B.Net consistently up, I don't really anticipate much issues beyond the initial rush on May 15th. I generally only played D1/D2 online with my friends anyway, so the requirement has never really that arduous. It's basically no different than TF2.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:59 PM   #15
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Considering how much experience Blizzard has keeping both WoW and B.Net consistently up, I don't really anticipate much issues beyond the initial rush on May 15th. I generally only played D1/D2 online with my friends anyway, so the requirement has never really that arduous. It's basically no different than TF2.
Although I would expect early morning weekly maintenance.
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