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No offline mode for Diablo III on PC

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The PC version of Diablo III is axing both the real and faux money auction houses next year, because, according to Blizzard, they’re negatively impacting the core Diablo experience. Another “feature” of the game that sullies the experience, however, isn’t going away any time soon.

Yes, you’ll still have to be connected to the internet to play Diablo III on PC. Blizzard says it’s because the game was built from the ground up to take advantage of Battle.net, and not because they it’s a form of DRM. No sir, no DRM here.

“We do not have plans to implement an offline mode. While the always-online requirement made the auction house possible, the auction house was never the driving factor in our decision to make the PC version of Diablo 3 require an Internet connection,” a Blizzard representative wrote in a statement to RPS.

“The game was built from the ground up to take full advantage of Battle.net, which provides a number of important benefits, including persistent server-side character saves, a seamless PC multiplayer experience, cheat prevention, and Real ID and BattleTag social features.”

The console versions of Diablo have none of this fluff, and they’re a heck of a lot of fun. Possibly in spite of the lack of connectivity, or possibly because of it.

Last Updated: September 19, 2013

77 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Buccaneer

    September 19, 2013 at 10:07

    Those scurvey dogs!

    They be hornswagglin’ us!

    Reply

    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 19, 2013 at 10:10

      You be tellin’ truths Admiral. I ain’t likin’ this one bit I say. Not one bit.

      Reply

    • That Rum-Drunk Twit

      September 19, 2013 at 10:23

      I be await’n Sir Rant-Alots response to this ‘ere bilge, ye salty, scrappy sea bass of news!
      RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!

      Reply

    • Keelhauling Hammersteyn

      September 19, 2013 at 10:31

      Har har they be scared of us. Lilly liver cod yeast rats.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

        September 19, 2013 at 10:35

        Yeasty codpieces indeed arrrr

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        • M-m-m-monster John

          September 19, 2013 at 10:38

          Careful there lads, yer words of cod might attract the Imperial Fox.

          Reply

          • Rincemetimbers

            September 19, 2013 at 10:38

            What does the fox say?! 0-O

          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 19, 2013 at 10:39

            Yarrrr.

          • Rincemetimbers

            September 19, 2013 at 10:39

            EK EK EK EK!

      • That Rum-Drunk Twit

        September 19, 2013 at 10:37

        We’ll rip an’ burn their Jolly Roger, dem scabrous, weak-kneed mutineers! … Where’s the grog?!

        Reply

        • M-m-m-monster John

          September 19, 2013 at 10:38

          Aye. What ye said.

          Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 19, 2013 at 10:11

    Another D3 PC article, another reason to be glad I never bothered with it. Woohoo!

    Reply

    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 19, 2013 at 10:16

      Same ‘ere

      Reply

    • Mark Treloar

      September 19, 2013 at 10:28

      Do you play Starcraft?

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 19, 2013 at 10:33

        Nope.

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        • M-m-m-monster John

          September 19, 2013 at 10:34

          You should. Even if you’re not up for the crazy people online you can do the versus AI. But the always online thing is a bitch.

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          • SaintsRowLee

            September 19, 2013 at 10:40

            Jeg kjøpte StarCraft 2 basen spillet når Heart of the Swarm lansert. Gjett hva? Den ønsker å laste ned Heart of the Swarm. StarCraft 2 er en kul papirvekt

          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 19, 2013 at 10:44

            Yarrr?
            I had me that same problem. But at least now when I do be gettin’ myself Heart of the Swarm I will not need to install it. Was a big irritation though, I must say meself.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            September 19, 2013 at 11:10

            While I enjoyed 1, I doubt I’ll ever get it. When eventually all the expansions & stuff are released in one box it’ll still take a long time to have a really good special, and I’m not a big enough strategy fan to pay a premium for the game. By then I’ll have something else to play too.

            Always online isn’t really an issue for me because I have uncapped, I just think it’s stupid for a SP game to insist on it. Having to prove every time I start the game that I didn’t steal it is just insulting.

          • Wooden leg John

            September 19, 2013 at 11:15

            I agree with SP always online. Pisses me the fudge off. I love strategy games though, so that’s why I enjoy it.

            Luckily I too have uncapped. SA’s version of uncapped at least…where you get unlimited internet as long as you don’t use too much of it. Wenches.

  3. SaintsRowLee

    September 19, 2013 at 10:21

    Y’know, as a console Diablo 3 player, I would like to extend the middle finger to the last paragraph of that quote. Seriously.

    Reply

    • Rincemetimbers

      September 19, 2013 at 10:22

      Indeed! They be lying barnicals!

      Reply

      • SaintsRowLee

        September 19, 2013 at 10:25

        Nei, bara fullt af vitleysa

        Reply

  4. Rincemetimbers

    September 19, 2013 at 10:21

    Arrrr, another Master Pirate Fail!

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 19, 2013 at 10:22

      You shut up! Your timbers are made of balsa.

      Reply

      • SaintsRowLee

        September 19, 2013 at 10:24

        Mistakast er svo vægt

        Reply

      • SaintsRowLee

        September 19, 2013 at 10:27

        Viður hans er úr Balsa? Myndi Viagra hjálpa?

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 19, 2013 at 10:32

          That’s not a very nice thing to say about Rince :/

          (I assume)

          Reply

      • Rincemetimbers

        September 19, 2013 at 10:27

        HAHAHA! Balsa floats! This cannon ball attached to yee legs, Don’T *kicks overboard

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 19, 2013 at 10:29

          Erm… this cannonball is made of styrofoam. You plywood pirate!

          Reply

  5. That Rum-Drunk Twit

    September 19, 2013 at 10:25

    Dear Blizzard, I’ll gut ye bow to stern, ye lice-infested, dreadful swabbie! … Scupper that!

    Reply

  6. Keelhauling Hammersteyn

    September 19, 2013 at 10:32

    Yar, one can understand they be inclined to do this lest Diablo 3 sails out of Piratebay.

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  7. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    September 19, 2013 at 10:33

    “the auction house was never the driving factor in our decision to make the PC version of Diablo 3 require an Internet connection,” a Blizzard representative wrote in a statement”

    What utter filth lies be this!?

    They be lying scurvy dogs! They claimed that th’ online was there so that th’ auction house of bounty would not be flooded with ye old hacked items.

    What lies be you spweing Blizzard. How can ye change your tune now when you said last year the online was fer the AH protection?! Arrr, even a pirate has standards! Arrrrr

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    • That Rum-Drunk Twit

      September 19, 2013 at 10:34

      Th’re he is!

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        September 19, 2013 at 10:45

        I be here now. No fear!

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    • Rincemetimbers

      September 19, 2013 at 10:35

      Ye took yer time!

      Reply

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        September 19, 2013 at 10:44

        Arrr, traffic on th’ high seas matey

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  8. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    September 19, 2013 at 10:36

    What a shock……To be quite honest, even if they did away with ther DRM, still wouldnt play it. The whole initial experience left me too angry.
    Blizzard…….Were it not for the awesomeness of Starcraft 2, you and I would be on very bad terms.

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    • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

      September 19, 2013 at 10:42

      Aye, an’ I still be havin some respect fer thar gems o’ Blackthorne an’ The Lost Vikings

      Reply

  9. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    September 19, 2013 at 10:44

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2012/05/16/the-real-reason-there-will-never-be-offline-single-player-in-diablo-3/

    http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/07/19/diablo-3-always-online-requirement-critical-to-d3s-long-term-integrity-says-blizzard-boss/

    Arr And I know thar be a Lazygamer article about this somewhere too but I ca ‘not find it amongst all the diablo news. Arrr.

    How can they be saying th’ auction house had nothing to do with the online requirement?

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    • That Rum-Drunk Twit

      September 19, 2013 at 10:45

      RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

      Reply

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        September 19, 2013 at 10:47

        THE KRAKEN COMES!!!!

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        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          September 19, 2013 at 10:55

          take this Kraken Blizzard

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 19, 2013 at 11:25

            HARHARHAR

    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 19, 2013 at 10:45

      I smell me some betrayal and secrets.

      Reply

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        September 19, 2013 at 10:46

        That there be plenty of matey!

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        • M-m-m-monster John

          September 19, 2013 at 10:47

          They all should be sent to Davy Jones’ locker I say!

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 19, 2013 at 10:48

            I know a Davie Jones matey. But who be this imposter Davis jones?

          • M-m-m-monster John

            September 19, 2013 at 10:49

            Sorry Mate, I be fixed it to it’s rightful designation!

          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

            September 19, 2013 at 10:50

            Aye, one more and ye be walkin’ the plank Johnny

          • That Rum-Drunk Twit

            September 19, 2013 at 10:55

            It be his cousin, TWICE remov’d! Th’t salty sea bass!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            September 19, 2013 at 11:16

            Har har

  10. Arrrrrr 2 Brute?

    September 19, 2013 at 10:49

    Them Scurvy Dogs from the Mighty Blizzarrrd be pulling my wooden leg! Arrrr, why arrr they not considering the change of Online mode at all? Arrrr!!

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    • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

      September 19, 2013 at 10:50

      Avast those lubbers!

      Reply

    • M-m-m-monster John

      September 19, 2013 at 10:53

      The only thing I be wanting on the line at me quarters is the dresses of me wenches!

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

        September 19, 2013 at 10:55

        Aye aye

        Reply

  11. hairyknees

    September 19, 2013 at 11:13

    O_O

    Reply

  12. hairyknees

    September 19, 2013 at 11:14

    “LETS USE LOGIC!” – Said no Diablo 3 developer, EVER

    Reply

  13. Rags

    September 19, 2013 at 11:18

    Yet with all the crap surrounding Diablo 3 PC, the game still received incredibly generous reviews. Lazygamer gave it 95%. Some even gave it 10/10.

    I wonder if Lazygamer and others will give the expansion 110-130% if it does away with many of the problems of the initial game…

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  14. Ryanza

    September 19, 2013 at 11:36

    We do not have plans to implement an offline DRM mode. While the
    always-online DRM requirement made the auction house DRM possible, the auction
    house DRM was never the driving factor in our decision to make the DRM PC
    version of Diablo 3 require an DRM,” a Blizzard
    representative wrote in a statement to RPS.
    “The DRM was built from the ground up to take full advantage of Battle.DRM,
    which provides a number of important DRM benefits, including persistent
    server-side DRM saves, a not so seamless DRM PC multiplayer experience, DRM cheat prevention, and Real DRM and BattleTag DRM features.”

    See through the bullshit. Don’t support DRM.

    Reply

    • Wooden leg John

      September 19, 2013 at 11:37

      DRM is the core of my hate.

      Reply

  15. ToshZA

    September 19, 2013 at 11:46

    LOL! Thought so. Nubs. I mean “almighty Blizz gods”.

    Ps, Console ftw?

    ~Edit: What’s with this pirate nonesense? AC4 isn’t exactly out yet.

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      September 19, 2013 at 11:51

      It is, unfortunately, international talk like a pirate day. The worst day of the year, because everybody becomes an idiot.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

        September 19, 2013 at 11:59

        Thar be two kinda scurvy dogs, those who can, an those who cannae talk like a pirate arrrrrrr

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        • ToshZA

          September 19, 2013 at 12:38

          There’s a third kind. We who can but prefer not to sound like idiots. Also, we’re the kind without scurvy. Just saying.

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          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

            September 19, 2013 at 12:41

            Those kinds also cannot handle fun and jokes it seems

          • ToshZA

            September 19, 2013 at 12:43

            You can be funny in english too, you know? See previous post for an example. 😀

          • Admiral Chief Buccaneer

            September 19, 2013 at 12:46

            Its ONE day a year where you act and joke around as a pirate, but it seems a lot of ppl don’t get that. Not aimed at you personally, just so you know

          • ToshZA

            September 20, 2013 at 12:25

            Yeah I know. The point of it does escape me though, and it’s more than frustrating trying to read the comments. Which for me, is why its such a dumb idea. None of my thoughts are aimed at individuals here, just the whole idea of talk like a pirate day.

            I’m glad it’s over. And, despite the hate towards it, I’m glad you lot had fun.

  16. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    September 19, 2013 at 11:48

    “The game was built from the ground up to take full advantage of Battle.net, which provides a number of important benefits, including persistent server-side character saves, a seamless PC multiplayer experience, cheat prevention, and Real ID and BattleTag social features.”

    Bulldust! Consoles have an offline mode. Stop lying to us

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  17. Craig Boonzaier

    September 19, 2013 at 11:52

    “a seamless PC multiplayer experience”
    Except that seam is a rubber band …

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  18. Wyzak

    September 19, 2013 at 13:18

    That makes my decision easy thank you Blizzard. Now I have R500 more to spend on games that are worthy.

    Reply

  19. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    September 19, 2013 at 13:21

    I can understand this… PCs are way more open to cheating and character edits and well PIRACY!

    I only bought an original Diablo 2 and exp when I had the money which was like 3 years ago… xD

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    • jmababa

      December 22, 2013 at 13:45

      even consoles are open to piracy especially xbox just remove region lock lots of people can do that

      Reply

  20. Alex [SS] PsyChoPanthis

    September 19, 2013 at 13:44

    and just like that, blizzard destroyed my interest in D3 again.

    Reply

  21. Zubayr Bhyat

    September 19, 2013 at 15:25

    Best to play D3 on console in that case. No always online, intuitive controls and more or less the same game.

    Reply

  22. jmababa

    December 22, 2013 at 13:42

    Best to still play diablo 3 ofline in pc cause I have xbox emulator and is using xbox diablo3 on my pc I just changed controls now xbox D3 has same controls as D2 on my PC

    Reply

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