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Diablo III in February?

Joystiq has an image of a store display in a Rochester, Minnesota Best Buy that seems to show a February 1 launch date for Diablo III, Blizzard's upcoming action/RPG sequel. They have some follow ups that don't completely confirm or deny this, and word that the end-cap was legit, but has since been removed. Meanwhile, the Best Buy Website now shows a February 1 release date for the game.

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190. Re: Diablo III in February? Jan 10, 2012, 09:43  Peeling 
Verno wrote on Jan 10, 2012, 09:22:
Peeling wrote on Jan 10, 2012, 09:10:
Undocumented Alien wrote on Jan 9, 2012, 22:01:
It is a pretty sad day in PC gaming when people need to defend their right to play a singleplayer game offline.


No, this.

Yeah no, snobbyinsidejoke.jpg, sorry.

Every industry member thinks of the consumer as PA sees them and every consumer thinks of the industry as Yahtzee sees them. Neither is right. Starcraft 2 sold well but it wasn't exactly a Call of Duty success story. It's an industry filled to the brim with other games to purchase, no one is special anymore.

Neither is requiring a connection.

This is not a new phenomenon. If I want to play a game on the XBox, I have to use a controller, even though playing a FPS with one feels like driving a forklift after a bottle of tequila. I'm not allowed to use a mouse and keyboard. The only reason is so that I won't have an 'unfair' advantage when playing online - even if I never plan to.

I think some people are getting hung up on the generic 'single player therefore should be offline' angle. Diablo 3 isn't a 'single player game'. It's a game you can play single player, AND take the character you build and jump into games with your friends AND trade the items you find, and to have THAT kind of game you need to be continuously connected.
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