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Runic on Diablo III vs. Torchlight 2 RMTs and DRM

There's an interview on IncGamers with Runic Games' Max Schaefer focusing on the recent revelation that Diablo III will have an auction house with real-money transactions and will require a persistent internet connection to play. These topics are relevant since Schaefer has previously worked on the Diablo series, and Runic's Torchlight 2 is widely regarded as the main competition for Diablo III. He explains how Torchlight 2 will feature neither RMTs nor always-on DRM, but that he understands what Blizzard is trying to accomplish: "Whatever you do, you have to make sacrifices. We sacrifice a cheat-free environment to give players the most options, they are sacrificing options and flexibility for security of the economy like you would in an MMO. I understand their approach and sympathize with the technical difficulties of what they are trying to do." He also says he does think that there are circumstances where always-on DRM can be considered ethical in a non-MMOG, but also notes that he's actually always considered Diablo II and III to be MMORPGs of a sort anyway: "I think that there really is no meaningful distinction between Diablo 3 (or Diablo 2) and an MMORPG. By my reckoning, it is one, but that's been my position for a long, long time."

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10. Re: Runic on Diablo III vs. Torchlight 2 RMTs and DRM Aug 11, 2011, 00:10 SirKnight
 
I have never considered any diablo game to be an MMORPG. I barely even think about the multiplayer part at all. To me, diablo is a single player game and is best at that. The times I did play MP with diablo 2 was ok, but I have more fun in SP. To me SP is more challenging and I get all the loot for myself. Plus I can play through it at my own pace.

I've started playing Torchlight again and it's such a great game. I love how it's so much like diablo but has some very nice improvements, like being able to hold more loot, two weapon sets you can switch back and forth to, the fishing part to turn your pet into some powerful weird thing, the customizations for key bindings, etc. I greatly look forward to Torchlight 2.

I only wish Torchlight had a knight/paladin character. That was my favorite type in Diablo 2.

I really dislike the gameplay changes they have made in D3. Not to mention the always on DRM crap. While that probably won't affect me much if at all, I still am opposed to it. What happens a long long time from now if I want to go back and play the game again? I do that with 15+ year old games now. If the DRM servers do not stay up forever, I won't get to play in the future like I know I will want to. I'm not the type to disregard the old just because it's old and blindly follow only the new stuff for the sake of it being new and supposedly "better."

Now if a hack of some sort comes out that kills this always on requirement, I may buy D3 then...but only if it's not still $60. $60 for a game can blow me.
 
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