I'm starting to think that the reason Diablo 4, like Diablo 3 is going to be online-only is not because it will improve the quality of gameplay or anything, but more because of Activision-Blizzard's greed. They don't want the game to be pirated so they are making it online-only.
I would've loved to support the game and buy it when it launches, but I really don't like the idea of this "game-as-a-service" thing where as soon as the servers shut down for good, you can't play the game you bought anymore. Especially considering Diablo 1 and 2 were available for offline play and it's not some kind of novelty or something that's impossible to accomplish.
What if you go out into the mountains or someplace where you have no internet like camping or something and bring your laptop with you and you want to play some Diablo 4, but can't since there is no internet, but you still have a copy of the game?
What if 10 years later Activision-Blizzard decide that they no longer want Diablo 4 and shut the servers off and everyone who bought the game and loved it can't play anymore?
Diablo 1 and 2 are very much playable and people keep buying them despite how old they are simply because they can play them at any given time and place.
This is greed that goes beyond Denuvo and how it's meaninglessly eating system resources to prevent pirates from playing for free (hackers have removed Denuvo from some games and saw 30% reduce in system usage from the game). This is a new level of greed – to make it online-only, because you are so greedy you don't want pirates to play your game for free and in turn are screwing up the legitimate customers who would gladly pay for this game.
What are your thoughts about this, do you support the idea of online-only? I personally don't and am very against it and for this reason will not be buying Diablo 4, which really makes me unhappy.
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