Diablo III news that will disappoint
It’s the start of a new month, and anyone following news of Diablo 3 knew what today was: news release day! While some of the news sounded interesting, such news as the constantly online DRM scheme that has been unpopular in Ubisoft games is now heading to Diablo 3. But let’s look at the overall news:
- A friends list much like StarCraft II implemented. Also, cross-chat between Blizzard games.
- Drop-in/drop-out co-op, unlike Fable or Dungeon Siege III‘s co-op. Basically, keeping things the same here.
- Achievements with stat-rankings. A standard for Blizzard games now. Also displayed in a ‘Banner system’.
- ‘Real Money’ Auction House: Did you find some rare loot? Cool, sell if for some real money. Blizzard takes a cut. As a side note, wasn’t Blizzard against selling items via eBay (an online auction house) because it ruined the experience of the game in World of WarCraft? The real story behind that seems more inline with them not getting a cut. But now they are, so they’re happy.
- No more requirement to play every 90-days to keep characters on the Battle.net servers! Great, great news.
- The worst news: Diablo 3 will require a constant internet connection to be able to play the game. It will be much like StarCraft II in terms of signing in to Battle.net, but you will not have a guest option. Want to fly in a plane and play some Diablo 3? The Vice President of game design, Rob Pardo, states, “there are other games to play for times like that.”.