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Submitted by donnellybhoy88 475d ago | news

Diablo 3 lead designer explains console offline mode, delivers inadvertent pop at next-gen Xbox

Josh Mosqueira has explained that Blizzard and Sony identified the “significant amount of consoles not connected to the internet” as their reasoning for including offline play in Diablo 3. (Blizzard, Diablo III, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)

IcicleTrepan  +   475d ago
title is completely inaccurate
ceedubya9  +   475d ago
Indeed it is. Article isn't much better.
ArchangelMike  +   475d ago
Agreed, the title is misleading, and the article is doing more than simply stretching the truth.
GribbleGrunger  +   475d ago
Totally agree. This is ridiculous spin.
jmac53  +   475d ago
I am so tired of these misleading article titles to generate hits.
Digital-Devil  +   475d ago
Why does it take a significant amount of consoles not connected to the internet for developers to know that not everyone wants to be connected 24/7? If the game has a single player option then allow offline play. Not everyone wants to be connected, especially with the amount of idiots online.
Baka-akaB  +   475d ago
It was a bullshit excuse . They allowed offline play on consoles because consoles themselves are already a kind of DRM .

Too much fuss and hassle to pirate on ps3 and even - the seemingly easy but tedious to pirate - 360 .
Godmars290  +   475d ago
Then again titles on Xbox have a habit of being leaked online before they're released.
Godmars290  +   475d ago
because they want them always online. MS especially wants it so they can have a constant revenue stream.
Godmars290  +   475d ago
@Disagrees
MS doesn't want a constant revenue stream, and yet everything they've done has been based around XBL Gold?

Okay then...
Jakens  +   475d ago
MS better come out swinging. It's really up to them to decide what to do with 720, however I want MS to stay competive during the fight for next gen.

Note: The entire fight, not only two thirds.
segamon  +   474d ago
I agree with you and with Baka about it being a total bullshit excuse.

but know this friends, Diablo 3 is a fun hack'n slash game that doesn't live long offline but it spans more hours online.

unfortunately the offline mode leaves much to desire from such a classic brand.
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GalacticEmpire  +   475d ago
"Mosqueria may be talking solely about Diablo in this particular instance, but Microsoft would do well to take heed of such observations. The console platform is on a shaky nail as it is, the unnecessarily isolation of any group may prove a very risky move."

Do you think he's referring to their Kinect/casual/entertainment focus with that shaky nail remark?
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DragonKnight  +   475d ago
I think he's referring more to Live and possibly the "always-on, always connected" mantra of the NextBox.
mynd  +   475d ago
Seems the difference between "mandatory online" and "always online" escapes many people.
DragonKnight  +   475d ago
The line between always online and mandatory online is razor thin.
Jakens  +   475d ago
Mama said that always online is the devil.
RememberThe357  +   475d ago
She wasn't wrong.
greenpowerz  +   475d ago
What is up with this story? Anti MSFT S.D.F are worse this coming generation than the last, now that MSFT proved to be a force.

-Attacking 720/MSFT because PS4 rumors before the Sony PS4 reveal seemed like an attack Play Station.(rumors turned on MSFT because of Sony's DRM patent etc)

-Making up rumors and calling them facts, giving Sony the benefit of the doubt with the rumors before the PS4 reveal. Yet these same people claim MSFT's are set in stone claiming it's too late for MSFT even though Sony had different specs for PS4 just weeks ago(litterally days before the PS4 reveal)

-Trying to provoke other media in writing articles about fictional topics, baiting the other oulets with traffic caused by nervous Sony fans.

-Now! editing news and changing info/facts/truth out of nervous desperation due to haters no longer believing their own delusions

*Always connected* is a feature that allows the box to use the new auto update features never signing out the user so the xbox can use remote access/control features(smartglass/PC etc)

*Always on* is a full standard now and not like the 360's optional and limited version of this feature(background downloads when the console is almost off in the 360's case)

^^his allows control of the console in any power state. The console can be controlled in STANDBY MODE/POWERED ON with Kinect and other remote devices. You need both these features to use the features the way that is intended.

Kinect always being on(waiting for input/comands) is a function of the device(Kinect 2) having full control of the hardware and OS no matter the power state or location of the user on the console operating system(in any game even non kinect ones, any app, service/feature etc).

Not hard to grasp.
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Tetsujin  +   475d ago
@Green

How much did Microsoft pay you to defend them, down to the "always online?"

OT

I like the idea of an offline mode, not because of the "online DRM" or because of "privacy" like Sony wants to use (which is a good thing), it's this thing called ISP going down whether its 5 min or 5 hours; I like the idea of being able to play offline if needed.
Jakens  +   475d ago
Pro MS but anti greenpowerz.

I will strongly disagree with you.
SDF Repellent  +   475d ago
Man, I can't wait till E3. I would love to see a debate between Grennpowerz and Strongman, that would be EPIC! I think for just one week right after E3, they should both be temporary granted 10 bubbles each. My money is on Greenpowerz though as his speeches have more than just "Day One" or "MS has abandoned core gamers". LOL
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RememberThe357  +   475d ago
I'm from Seattle, I guarantee Microsoft has had a much bigger impact on my life than it has on yours. I've always supported them when I thought they were do right by their customers(Ballmer is "this" close to bringing the NBA back to Seattle), but everything we've heard about the new Xbox has been negative.

The system is weaker than the PS4, the always on line feature is potentially damning (though I think they'll scrap it after all this push back), and this new logo is clearly more casual focused, Kinect needs to be connected at all times for the system to even function, and there are mandatory game installs. MS so far has been shown to have taken the direction many of us who aren't blind feared they'd take.

It's not looking good for them, and your blind loyalty is pathetic.
Bumpmapping  +   475d ago
Microsoft Defence Force to the rescue!
Gamer-Z  +   475d ago
@greenpowerz
your missing the point, its not that those features you listed are bad its that MSFT isn't giving you a choice just like the way they force their customers to pay to play online. I should be able to play offline if i want too or disconnect kinect because i don't feel comfortable having a camera watch me 24/7. Taking away a persons options isn't the right way to go its anti consumer. ultimately for me it all comes down to freedom of choice and which console is going to give me more of it and right now that's Sony/PS4.
BlueTemplar  +   474d ago
Its no good using logic, he's immune to it's effects
KrisButtar  +   475d ago
"significant amount of consoles not connected to the internet" then where is the native backward compatibility for the PS4 because Gaikai wouldn't work on a significant amount of consoles not connected to the internet. so they are going to pick and choose who they alienate.

I see double standards, and smell BS.
all in all I'm going to buy Diablo 3, because I owned it for PC and couldn't play it because of an internet connection, so I will buy it for consoles so I can at least enjoy a game I bought.
DragonKnight  +   475d ago
Let's see what you're guilty of. Hmmm.

Well, first of all you seem to have mistaken the Diablo 3 dev for Sony.

You've also taken the quote out of context.

Then after your complaining you decide to support the idea anyway.

Way to stick to your fallacious guns slugger.
KrisButtar  +   474d ago
I believe you miss understood my complaining
"Blizzard and Sony identified the “significant amount of consoles not connected to the internet” as their reasoning for including offline play"
I can clearly read Sony.

"Then after your complaining you decide to support the idea anyway."
I complained about an always online feature, and always online DRM. I am supporting offline play and want offline features, Diablo 3 was the 1st PC game I couldn't play and still can't today because I don't have an internet service offered where I live and I really can't play it at work. So I really don't see my error in logic and "supporting the idea anyway"
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InSpectre  +   474d ago
This headline is link-bait, and we fish are biting.
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