You Will Get to Play Almost Finished Diablo III on May 15

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#51 Posted by Wandrecanada (404 posts) -

@langdonx: Why would you want to buy it on Steam? It requires a connection to Battle.net anyways and the image is clearly of a digital sale.

#52 Posted by hollitz (1507 posts) -

Strap it on!

#53 Edited by G24S (281 posts) -
#54 Posted by Kiri90 (257 posts) -

A week after my b-day, but 3 weeks before finals -- my last finals. =)

#55 Posted by lifesb4ne (4 posts) -

Yeah, good luck getting to play on launch day.

#56 Edited by Pop (2626 posts) -

in may?!?!? OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG *cums awww yeaaaaaaa!! fuck yea, that excitement was just for them announcing a release date :D.

edit: also great article Alex, I laughed my ass off at the end.

#57 Posted by Binarynova (150 posts) -

@pw2566ch said:

@HKZ said:

Do the servers have to be live to play it at all? Kinda like what happened with Assassins Creed not too long ago? Because if so, I'm out. I refuse to own a game that requires another machine to validate me playing a single player game while I'm playing it.

Thank you. People are against EA and Ubisoft online DRM, but not this. For me, I'm against anything that requires me to have any sort of online DRM in order to play and I pity gamers that are OK with this.

It's not so much that it's DRM (ok, really it is) but the game is run on the servers. The game simply cannot be played without an internet connection because it's a server-based MMORPG: Minimally Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.

And while I'd rather that wasn't the case it doesn't seem to bother me that Guild Wars 2 is online-only, so I guess I can't complain much. Though in the case of Guild Wars 2, at least it's a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG.

#58 Posted by Govannan (25 posts) -

I can always tell when you've written an article by the title Alex. Change it up!

#59 Posted by Aarny91 (3912 posts) -

Fucking finally.

#60 Posted by HKZ (70 posts) -

@Binarynova said:

It's not so much that it's DRM (ok, really it is) but the game is run on the servers. The game simply cannot be played without an internet connection because it's a server-based MMORPG: Minimally Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.

And while I'd rather that wasn't the case it doesn't seem to bother me that Guild Wars 2 is online-only, so I guess I can't complain much. Though in the case of Guild Wars 2, at least it's a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG.

Oh, well there you go. I didn't know that it literally wouldn't run because it's on a server somewhere, I have no issue with that. That's a bit puzzling to me I have to admit, StarCraft isn't like that so what would make Diablo 3 that way? Seems to me that games are being required to run on servers where they didn't use to have to and storage space on home computers has skyrocketed so it's not like they can't fit it onto my machine. I'm completely okay with multiple disk installs, but I can see that they'd want to minimize the size files you have to download though. Still find it dumb it has to run on a server though.

#61 Posted by zombie2011 (4972 posts) -

Holy shit that's pretty soon.

#62 Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam (3255 posts) -

...Nah. Don't think I'll be playing this with some of the design choices they've made.

#63 Posted by Cybexx (1165 posts) -

Wow both Diablo III and Max Payne 3 on my birthday! Awesome serendipity Batman! Not to mention that Lego R2-D2 is also out around then too.

#64 Posted by magellan (77 posts) -

Hopefully it will run fine on a 2011 MacBook Pro 13

#65 Posted by benjo_t (142 posts) -

As a gas station air conditioning repair man who hasn't cleaned his windows in a while, I resent this article.

#66 Posted by tourgen (4478 posts) -

Is this going to be free-to-play? Might as well at this point

#67 Posted by NaDannMaGoGo (338 posts) -

@tourgen said:

Is this going to be free-to-play? Might as well at this point

Because?!?

Reasons and arguments, else your opinions are worthless people -.-

#68 Posted by Protonguy (305 posts) -

Doesn't feel like Blizzard at all. Releasing before all the parts are complete. I feel like something bad has happened here and no one is really paying attention.

Ah well, love me some diablo coop. I'm in the beta and i'm still really looking forward to the final product.

#69 Posted by Protonguy (305 posts) -

Wait, are they pushing this out early to try and combat Guild Wars 2?

#70 Posted by DoctorSage (157 posts) -

I swear to god, Jeff called this a few months ago.

#71 Posted by CJduke (788 posts) -

Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaas the week after school ends perfect!

#72 Posted by Sporkbane (185 posts) -

That was exactly my reaction when I saw the release date haha.

Good thing I have self control!

#73 Posted by Zor (654 posts) -

Hmm... currently I have no plans on buying this one (because of the DRM), but... I don't know if i'll be able to keep to that thought... i guess it depends if my friends also skip this title (which is likely).

#74 Posted by PandaGuy (47 posts) -

Purchased!

#75 Posted by DurdenGJ (3 posts) -

sooooooooo excited for this game

#76 Posted by M3rlin (69 posts) -

Not sure if I will be able to resist, because I think I want to wait for the rumored, sort-of-confirmed console version...

#77 Posted by MisterMouse (3550 posts) -

My body is ready.

#78 Posted by buckybit (1455 posts) -

@MisterMouse said:

My body is ready.

... but my pocket money isn't.

...

... well ok. Pre-ordered.

#79 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11652 posts) -

All my finals are in the middle of april. Guess that's the benefit of not having spring break.

#80 Posted by Zol (60 posts) -

I won't even bother with Diablo 3, Amalur and Dungeon Siege 3 have far superior combat systems and animations.

#81 Posted by Mystyr_E (1190 posts) -

I would pre-order digitally....but I want that collector's edition

#82 Posted by Firrae (69 posts) -

Hehehehehe, my finals are in April here in Canada :)

#83 Posted by Firrae (69 posts) -

@pw2566ch said:

@HKZ said:

Do the servers have to be live to play it at all? Kinda like what happened with Assassins Creed not too long ago? Because if so, I'm out. I refuse to own a game that requires another machine to validate me playing a single player game while I'm playing it.

Thank you. People are against EA and Ubisoft online DRM, but not this. For me, I'm against anything that requires me to have any sort of online DRM in order to play and I pity gamers that are OK with this.

Yes they do have to be live as you have to log into Battle.net to get the game running. I'm sure someone will find a way around that soon enough though if you find that an issue. Otherwise I can't think of a single time Battle.net has been down for longer than a patch and I think there is a way to play single player of this game offline if you have no connection. Not sure about that last part, but I think I remember hearing something like that was good to go (like in SC2).

#84 Posted by xxNBxx (973 posts) -

@Zol said:

I won't even bother with Diablo 3, Amalur and Dungeon Siege 3 have far superior combat systems and animations.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! O man thanks for the laugh.

Online
#85 Posted by Cogzwell (238 posts) -

Also sans runes, enchanters, Cauldron of Jordan, Talent trees, and more than 4 hotkeys....

#86 Posted by Khalen (98 posts) -

Don't have much to say but this:

PREORDERED

Can't wait to see you guys back in Hell ;)

#87 Posted by Detway81 (13 posts) -

Finally, one week after my finals, this will be a great summer indeed.

#88 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@phrosnite said:

@plamenasenov said:

Time to drop £1000 on a new PC to run this? hmmmm...

Blizzard are so greedy that you'll be able to run the game on a pocket calculator.

I'm 12, what's a pocket calculator? Oh you mean smartphone? I'll bet you're right.
#89 Posted by MisterMouse (3550 posts) -

@buckybit: My thoughts exactly... I had to spend some time thinking about it.

#90 Posted by langdonx (119 posts) -

@Wandrecanada said:

@langdonx: Why would you want to buy it on Steam? It requires a connection to Battle.net anyways and the image is clearly of a digital sale.

Simply because Steam has earned my trust in the digital purchase realm. Their servers are fast, their prices are great, their offerings are ample (overlay, friends, groups, screen shots, etc), and they've never blocked me from re-downloading content that I've purchased on any machine I run Steam on.

GFWL games exist on Steam, and I now have a GFWL account because of that. I don't see why Blizzard and EA can't also put their games on Steam. There's something to be said about customer choice.

Anyway, if I do buy the game, it will be a physical copy.

#91 Posted by MeatSim (10835 posts) -

Wow a Blizzard game with a definitive release date.

#92 Posted by AxleBro (798 posts) -

i played the beta and this "almost finished" game is better than pretty much the best thing ever.

#93 Posted by RedRavN (398 posts) -

I'm still not sold on this game to be honest. I will wait until its actually reviewed before I commit to the purchase.

#94 Posted by LegendaryChopChop (1199 posts) -

Wonder how trackpads could handle the intense clicking that will persist.

#95 Posted by Arthurd (41 posts) -

@RedRavN: /shakes head

#96 Posted by ildon (366 posts) -

About 2 months ago when people saw the Best Buy sign with the early February date, I pointed out a couple reasons why that wasn't a real release date. Some of my reasons were based on the state of the beta and the state (or rather, our lack of knowledge at the time of the state) of the rune system. But I also pointed out that 1) Blizzard always announces release dates a minimum of 2 months before 2) Blizzard tries to release games during finals for university students because they want to bring down higher education.

As you can see, both of these turned out 100% true.

#97 Posted by Gnorbooth (284 posts) -

I wish I could have the chance to work for like a bajillion years on a game, have the reputation of "it's ready when it's ready", then ship it out early without a chunk (small chunk? large chunk?) of the game, just so it can get them MONEYZ (or is it MONIEZ?). This seems ass backwards for Blizzard and everything they stand for, which also forms my opinion of said company. That and they usually, you know, make great games that aren't missing clutch shit when they ship. Maybe I'm still bitter from always on DRM, and real money auction houses, cause importance! Maybe also cause I totally had this game pegged for 2013.

Oh, hey Activision. Sometimes I forget that you're standing over there, just kind of looming at me.

OMG I FOUND A PURPLE FUCK OFF GREATEST GAME EVER 5/5. *Clickclickclickclick

#98 Posted by UnsolvedParadox (1863 posts) -

Who am I kidding, I'm ordering a Collector's Edition right now.

#99 Posted by darksagus (25 posts) -

releases a week after my finals, perfect timing !!

#100 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4714 posts) -

As someone who doesn't give a fuck about PVP, this is awesome.

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