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Diablo III For PS3 And PS4 Doesn't Have To Be "Always Connected"

Honestly, when Activision Blizzard announced Diablo III for the PlayStation 4, this was the first question I had. Now it seems we have an answer.

The developers suffered quite a bit of backlash when the long-anticipated title came out for PC and Mac, and required that users be connected online just to play the game. Thankfully, that mandate won't be in place for the upcoming console versions, and that's good news in my estimation.

Speaking on GameTrailers, Blizzard production director John Hight spoke about the multiplayer capabilities in Diablo III and said-

"You can have four people on the same screen--no split-screen, we just zoom the camera out. Or if you're offline..."

Hey, that's good enough for me. Hight also spoke about the new control interface designed for the PlayStation consoles, and says it actually helps "bring the action back into" Diablo. However, as for cross-platform play, that doesn't appear to be a feature. Added Hight:

"While we think cross-platform play would be awesome, there are currently no plans to allow connectivity between PlayStation Network and Battle.net (this is pretty standard for most games that have PC and console support). As a result, the characters on your Battle.net account and PlayStation account will also remain separate."

Well, fine. The idea of being forced to be online to play a game that isn't an MMO just bothers me. It bothered a lot of people, in fact. Of course, I'd still want to play Diablo III with others, just as I played Diablo II...

Related Game(s): Diablo III

Tags: diablo iii, diablo 3, diablo iii ps4, activision blizzard

2/26/2013 10:38:42 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

amonte64
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 11:33:04 AM
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There's never a reason to need to be connected to the internet to play a game unless the game ONLY has online multiplayer. Unless that's the case, a connection being required is completely anti consumer, nothing good for us, bad for us and just good for the companies who don't care about us at all.

EDIT: The reason why I want to get this game is for the FOUR PLAYER OFFLINE MULTIPLAYER!!! Nothing is better than that.

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Draguss
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 1:43:32 PM
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That's good anyone here that didn't get it on pc. But I have to confess, I feel a bit angry.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 2:16:44 PM

Y u mad?

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TheAgingHipster
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 8:19:15 AM

I have it on PC, and all I can say is, Blizzard had better out this feature in the PC version, too....

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ethird1
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 1:54:32 PM
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Awesome.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 2:41:14 PM
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It isn't coming to the 360 as well?
Not that I'm complaining but I'm just wondering.

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dmiitrie
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 2:42:15 PM
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There's a lot of DRM that, while I don't like, I don't necessarily mind. This always online stuff is not one of those. I'm still annoyed with it for pc, but am glad that console players won't have to put up with it.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 3:47:51 PM

But isn't your PC always online when it is turned on, anyway?

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H8WL3R
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 5:41:23 PM

I'm not a fan of DRM either. It worries me a little. When it comes to games that need to be "always connected" or anything else really, it essentially means, net service currently being paid for not active = not allowed to play what is already paid for and in collection. It seems to me because the ISP or their servers not functioning, shouldn't disallow the user access, especially when it is physical or already on the hard drive.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 3:18:01 PM
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Devs gotta understand, sometimes you can't get online or don't want to be online.

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xenris
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 3:21:27 PM
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I actually might pick this us for the PS3 and play local coop with my friends.

I hated what I played of D3 on the PC. I was in several beta stages and had friends who said the launch was terrriiible. After that I played Torchlight 2 which is the best diablo clone I have played and 1/3rd the price so I felt like ignoring D3 altogether.

However playing it on the PS3 with good drop rates, and 3 other friends would be awesome so I might just do that.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 3:49:30 PM

I'm just waiting for the announcement of Torchlight to come to the PS4. In time for torchlight 3 perhaps? :)

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H8WL3R
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 5:30:34 PM

Yes! Would be very nice if there is to be a 3rd, that there be a trilogy perhaps for PS3/PS4?, as physical and digital retail options!? :-D

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xenris
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 6:46:29 PM

I'm still astounded at how great TL2 is. That game was just pure quality. I look forward to whatever runic games does next.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 5:32:36 AM

Yes, the Witcher trilogy and Torchlight trilogy within the first year of the PS4 would be sweet.

It would pretty much would make us up to date with what we've missed out on the RPG department recent years. :)

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H8WL3R
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 6:40:33 PM

I think they would both be welcome additions as well. Though I have yet to even try a moment of The Witcher, the demo I've tried of the first Torchlight did wet my appetite. I do not have either yet, but as a Trilogy/Collection I would probably buy them or request them as gift options. :-)

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Axe99
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 5:01:46 PM
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Very happy I waited for this - always-on, particularly on PC (which tends to have more issues, as more potential hardware conflicts) is rubbish. Will happily play on PS4 :).

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H8WL3R
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 @ 5:33:22 PM

Likewise. Would like to see the PS3 version as well, and may get it if a friend I have in mind will be very (likely) interested, and maybe get that one too, or just hold off for the PS4 release for a period of time.

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