Runic Games CEO Offers Thoughts on Diablo III DRM and Auction House

Runic Games CEO Max Schaefer gives his thoughts on why Blizzard chose to require a persistent online connection for Diablo III.

BlizzardÂ’s decision to require a persistent online connection to play Diablo III may not be so much to prevent piracy as to protect its new real-money auction house. At least thatÂ’s what Runic Games CEO Max Schaefer believes.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Schaefer explains that BlizzardÂ’s tight restrictions for the game may be aimed at securing the integrity of the economy.

We fully understand why they're doing what they're doing. They've kind of gone the opposite way we have with an open game and modding tools and stuff like that, whereas they want to have an absolutely secure economy and preserve the complete integrity – or at least try to preserve the complete integrity – of the gameplay.

Schaefer does question why there isnÂ’t an offline mode available given that it could easily be separated from the online characters, but is happy that it provides Runic GamesÂ’ upcoming game, Torchlight II, a further distinction from its competitor.

Learn more about Diablo III from our recent coverage.

Source: Eurogamer

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