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Diablo III May 15th

Blizzard announces a May 15th release date for Diablo III, saying this is when the action/RPG sequel will be available at retail in many territories, and digitally in others. They have kicked off presales of the game on this page, offering the game in either form, as well as in a USD $99.99 alabaster-white retail Collector's Edition. They also offer a reminder that a free copy of the game is to be had for those who sign up for a World of Warcraft annual pass. Here's word:

In Diablo III, players take on the role of one of five heroic characters -- barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter -- and engage in pulse-pounding combat with endless legions of evil. As they undertake an epic quest to rid Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells, players will explore diverse and perilous settings, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll join them in battle or aid them in other ways.

Diablo III was built from the ground up to leverage the full functionality of the Battle.net platform, which delivers powerful matchmaking and communication tools, allowing adventurers to seamlessly join forces for exciting cooperative play. Battle.net also provides a secure infrastructure for the Diablo III auction house, a feature-rich marketplace that Sanctuary’s heroes can use to trade their hard-earned treasures. Players will be able to buy and sell weapons, armor, and other valuable items in the auction house in exchange for in-game gold. Players will also have the option to receive real-world currency for auction house sales, which they can apply to their Battle.net Balance for the purchase of a variety of digital products through Battle.net, including Diablo III auction house items, or cash out through a third-party payment service such as PayPal™ in most regions. Further details related to the auction house will be announced in the coming weeks.

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153. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:50 Alamar
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:24:
Clearly, I have no clue what I'm talking about. Yet, here is a Blizzard employee stating all the same things myself and others here have stated regarding D3.

From your link -

"We thought about this quite a bit," said executive producer Rob Pardo earlier this week. "One of the things that we felt was really import was that if you did play offline, if we allowed for that experience, you’d start a character, you’d get him all the way to level 20 or level 30 or level 40 or what have you, and then at that point you might decide to want to venture onto Battle.net. But you’d have to start a character from scratch, because there’d be no way for us to guarantee no cheats were involved, if we let you play on the client and then take that character online."

This is about as lame a fucking reason as I ever heard (on top of your incorrect crap) and still DOES NOT indicate a valid reason for dropping a OFFLINE SP Mode that was a staple in D1 and D2. This given "reason" above is an opinion, not a fact. Any dumbass who created a true offline character KNEW they could not xfer it into B.NET. If I remember right, the UI even told you the SP character could not be used on B.NET so you knew right up front.

I'm seeing the problem... You're citing factual situations as opinions, and stating your opinions as facts... Great debate tactic, but amateurish.

Let me spell it out though, just in case...

Factual - 'But you’d have to start a character from scratch, because there’d be no way for us to guarantee no cheats were involved, if we let you play on the client and then take that character online.'

Opinion - 'lame a fucking reason', 'DOES NOT indicate a valid reason'

Seeing the difference yet?

I'm all for differing views, and discussion is healthy, but try to stay within the rules of what english consitutes, please : )

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RollinThundr wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:47:
There's 2 reasons it's online only and not because Diablo is a "Online game" as you keep trying to convince people to be the case.

Actually, there is only one reason, and it has never been different with Blizzard; money. Many people are upset, because Blizzard, to them, was a bastion of light, and think a merger changed things, and apparently abruptly...

-Alamar
 
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152. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:47 eRe4s3r
 
My goal is not to affect blizzard, but to affect potential buyers And these are not the ones posting here, but reading news and comments here.

Wouldn't be much point in "bitching" about something when it wouldn't happen in every topic about D3 - thats the only way to achieve persistent bitching connectivity. ^^
 
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151. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:47 RollinThundr
 
Krovven wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:09:
Dades wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:20:
RollinThundr wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:12:
I just enjoy getting fanboys like good ol Krowen here, panties all tied up in a bunch. What cracks me up about it all is the same people who "boycott" Ubisoft or EA for DRM have no qualms with it when it's from their precious overrated Blizzard.

The only person defending this doesn't even have a fucking clue or basic understanding of what's going on, it's pretty damned funny.

Clearly, I have no clue what I'm talking about. Yet, here is a Blizzard employee stating all the same things myself and others here have stated regarding D3.

Blizzard Responds

Don't like my opinion, deal with it. I don't give a fuck if people are unable to play online only games. Don't buy the game. I really don't care.

That you believe BS PR speak that easily kinda rests my case for me. There's 2 reasons it's online only and not because Diablo is a "Online game" as you keep trying to convince people to be the case.
1. DRM
2. To try and monetize their real money transaction AH.

I won't be buying D3 so it honestly doesn't affect me one way or the other. But call a spade a spade. Here's a quote directly from your link. "You're guaranteeing that there are no hacks, no dupes."

There will be dupes, they will be there day one most likely, and if not day one soon afterwards. If they wouldn't manage to stop dupes with the closed server characters in Diablo2 what makes you think they're going to do it here?
 
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150. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:43 Yifes
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:39:
As long as people bitch about... blizzard will regret this decision. Each and every news post of em has to be forever spoiled, thats the only way they learn, because google results are everything.

Wrong. Sales numbers are everything, and you are a vocal minority. You think they're going to add LAN to SCII just because people bitched? Nope.
 
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149. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:39 Dev
 
ASeven wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:30:
I played the D3 beta, I played Path of Exile. I'll stick with PoE, far more fun than the latest D3 beta and while it's online only at least it has the right price for such a scheme, FUCKING FREE.

That PoE was compared to D3 in terms of being online only and not looking into the fact that PoE has the right price for many of us who are opposed to online DRM because it's FUCKING FREE is laughable. Anyone who plays PoE over D3 doesn't have double standards, we do have working brains though because we're able to distinguish FREE from paid.

Ok I get it its free. Now, what is path of evil? I may be interested if its diablo like or torchlight like, can you throw out a paragraph mini review about why you like it?
 
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148. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:39 eRe4s3r
 
As long as people bitch about... blizzard will regret this decision. Each and every news post of em has to be forever spoiled, thats the only way they learn, because google results are everything.

Google -> diablo 3 drm

to understand
 
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147. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:36 eRe4s3r
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:15:
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:13:
You really have no clue how Diablo 2 worked, do you?

It's pretty clear to me that Kowen does not understand the concept of Diablo's OFFLINE SP Mode at all.

I like his use of /facepalms and swears though, makes it all that much funnier when he just keeps digging that ignorance hole.

Ehhh... it's equally funny to see people complaining about a persistent connection requirement given where we are with technology today.

I get it. Some people are poor. Fine. You probably shouldn't be spending your money on video games anyway.

D3 is not a persistent connection game, it literally only plays on a blizzard server, you never host a game on your machine, you connect to a hosted game session on some b.net server, even if playing alone - that means you always have lag and delay if blizzard has crappy servers and you can not play if blizzard or you have an outage.

This has nothing to do with money.
 
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146. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:33 Yifes
 
This is about as lame a fucking reason as I ever heard (on top of your incorrect crap) and still DOES NOT indicate a valid reason for dropping a OFFLINE SP Mode that was a staple in D1 and D2.

And there's the rub, Diablo D1 and D2 are not online only games, D3 being a continuation of the story should maintain the franchise standard.

You know what's a great reason for D3 to be online only? Blizzard wants it to be. It's their game, they can do whatever the fuck they want with it.

They're not deceiving anyone. They're letting you know months in advance so you don't waste your money. You can either buy it and deal with it, or move the fuck on and stop bitching about it.
 
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145. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:27 eRe4s3r
 
Exactly how it fucked up Diablo 2 B.Net ... not at all. This is the typical blizzard fanboy defense

There is NILL reasons for online only when it comes gameplay, anti-cheat and ease-of-use. Instead it makes cheating and scamming profitable, makes gameplay MMO like without it being an MMO, and makes mods totally impossible.

ActiBliz is not making a good game, they are making a good cash-cow
 
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144. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:24 Teddy
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:15:

Ehhh... it's equally funny to see people complaining about a persistent connection requirement given where we are with technology today.

I get it. Some people are poor. Fine. You probably shouldn't be spending your money on video games anyway.

It sure is a good thing you're here to tell everyone what they should or shouldn't be spending THEIR money on.
 
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143. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:24 Undocumented Alien
 
Clearly, I have no clue what I'm talking about. Yet, here is a Blizzard employee stating all the same things myself and others here have stated regarding D3.

From your link -

"We thought about this quite a bit," said executive producer Rob Pardo earlier this week. "One of the things that we felt was really import was that if you did play offline, if we allowed for that experience, you’d start a character, you’d get him all the way to level 20 or level 30 or level 40 or what have you, and then at that point you might decide to want to venture onto Battle.net. But you’d have to start a character from scratch, because there’d be no way for us to guarantee no cheats were involved, if we let you play on the client and then take that character online."

This is about as lame a fucking reason as I ever heard (on top of your incorrect crap) and still DOES NOT indicate a valid reason for dropping a OFFLINE SP Mode that was a staple in D1 and D2. This given "reason" above is an opinion, not a fact. Any dumbass who created a true offline character KNEW they could not xfer it into B.NET. If I remember right, the UI even told you the SP character could not be used on B.NET so you knew right up front.

As usual, still no good examples.

I don't give a fuck if people are unable to play online only games.

And there's the rub, Diablo D1 and D2 are not online only games, D3 being a continuation of the story should maintain the franchise standard.

If you don't give a fuck, then why the fuck do you keep posting nonsense?


 
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142. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:24 nin
 
I get it.

No, I don't think you do, actually. Where someone lives and the availability of internet access isn't necessarily connected to their income.

 
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141. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:15 Fibrocyte
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:13:
You really have no clue how Diablo 2 worked, do you?

It's pretty clear to me that Kowen does not understand the concept of Diablo's OFFLINE SP Mode at all.

I like his use of /facepalms and swears though, makes it all that much funnier when he just keeps digging that ignorance hole.

Ehhh... it's equally funny to see people complaining about a persistent connection requirement given where we are with technology today.

I get it. Some people are poor. Fine. You probably shouldn't be spending your money on video games anyway.
 
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140. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:13 Undocumented Alien
 
You really have no clue how Diablo 2 worked, do you?

It's pretty clear to me that Kowen does not understand the concept of Diablo's OFFLINE SP Mode at all.

I like his use of /facepalms and swears though, makes it all that much funnier when he just keeps digging that ignorance hole.
 
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139. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:09 Krovven
 
Dades wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:20:
RollinThundr wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:12:
I just enjoy getting fanboys like good ol Krowen here, panties all tied up in a bunch. What cracks me up about it all is the same people who "boycott" Ubisoft or EA for DRM have no qualms with it when it's from their precious overrated Blizzard.

The only person defending this doesn't even have a fucking clue or basic understanding of what's going on, it's pretty damned funny.

Clearly, I have no clue what I'm talking about. Yet, here is a Blizzard employee stating all the same things myself and others here have stated regarding D3.

Blizzard Responds

Don't like my opinion, deal with it. I don't give a fuck if people are unable to play online only games. Don't buy the game. I really don't care.

 
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138. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 19:56 Fibrocyte
 
ASeven wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 19:09:
Fibrocyte wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 19:08:
ASeven wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:30:
I played the D3 beta, I played Path of Exile. I'll stick with PoE, far more fun than the latest D3 beta and while it's online only at least it has the right price for such a scheme, FUCKING FREE.

That PoE was compared to D3 in terms of being online only and not looking into the fact that PoE has the right price for many of us who are opposed to online DRM because it's FUCKING FREE is laughable. Anyone who plays PoE over D3 doesn't have double standards, we do have working brains though because we're able to distinguish FREE from paid.

Such passion!

Nah, just plain common sense, something that's sorely lacking to some in this thread.



I'm not sure making a direct comparison between the two games is fair. That's why I plan on downloading PoE to give it a whirl.
 
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137. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 19:26 Prez
 
Endo wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:56:
Prez wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 17:20:

I'll admit ignorance here because I never played Diablo online. But let's look at Dungeon Defenders, which in some ways is very similar to Diablo. They have an online single-player and an offline single-player. You can mod, cheat, use trainers, etc to your heart's content in the "Open" mode (offline single-player and coop). But if you want to have your stats tracked, and want to play in sanctioned tournaments and events, coop or singleplayer, you need a completely separate set of characters and equipment, and as far as I've seen this works perfectly. I certainly won't accept that a cash-strapped indie with a fraction of the talent and resources of a mega-studio like Blizzard is capable of pulling off what Blizzard can't. Eliminating "They can't do it", which seems logical to do, leaves "They refuse to do it", which I find irksome to say the least.

I know this is a bit of a late reply, but I found it interesting you referenced Dungeon Defenders. Last time I played that game (several months ago) it was just as easy to hack in one mode as the other. All the relevant data was easily found unencrypted in RAM on the local machine.

I'll take your word for that - I never play in the closed online mode. My assumption was based on the relative lackof bitching about such things on the forums the few times I've been there.
 
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136. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 19:25 nin
 
Keep an eye on this post: Amazon Preorder Woes

Yeah, they did the same thing with Starcraft, and it irritates me. You end up having to cancel and reorder, to get the free release day shipping. Which I did, but it's stupid their system can't handle that change w/o a cancel/reorder.

 
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135. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 19:09 ASeven
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 19:08:
ASeven wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:30:
I played the D3 beta, I played Path of Exile. I'll stick with PoE, far more fun than the latest D3 beta and while it's online only at least it has the right price for such a scheme, FUCKING FREE.

That PoE was compared to D3 in terms of being online only and not looking into the fact that PoE has the right price for many of us who are opposed to online DRM because it's FUCKING FREE is laughable. Anyone who plays PoE over D3 doesn't have double standards, we do have working brains though because we're able to distinguish FREE from paid.

Such passion!

Nah, just plain common sense, something that's sorely lacking to some in this thread.
 
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134. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 19:08 Fibrocyte
 
ASeven wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 18:30:
I played the D3 beta, I played Path of Exile. I'll stick with PoE, far more fun than the latest D3 beta and while it's online only at least it has the right price for such a scheme, FUCKING FREE.

That PoE was compared to D3 in terms of being online only and not looking into the fact that PoE has the right price for many of us who are opposed to online DRM because it's FUCKING FREE is laughable. Anyone who plays PoE over D3 doesn't have double standards, we do have working brains though because we're able to distinguish FREE from paid.

Such passion!
 
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