Console Version of Diablo 3: Offline Play, No RMAH, Not Exclusive to Sony, Hands On Console Gameplay

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Console Version of Diablo 3: Offline Play, No RMAH, Not Exclusive to Sony
An interview with game designer Joshua Mosqueira popped up on Penny Arcade in which he explains that Diablo 3 is "not necessarily exclusive to Sony". Here's an excerpt from the interview, or you can view it in its entirety here.


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There was some question about the offline play of the game, something that’s impossible in the PC version of Diablo 3. It was confirmed to me that the game will be playable offline on the PlayStation 3.

Which leads to some other changes, namely the removal of the real money auction house. “The ecosystems on the PC and console are very different,” Mosqueira explained. “There were some technical reasons we had to go with offline, but again once you have an offline experience, even if we wanted to bring in the auction house, it just becomes problematic. How do you validate? How do you make sure there is no duping or any of that stuff?”




Hands On Console Gameplay
IGN posted a video where Senior Designer Mathew Berger shows how the game plays on the PS3. Here's also a quick summary of what has changed:
  • The camera is more zoomed in.
  • Boss battles have been changed up a bit to make for a more console feel.
  • All classes appear to have a new dodge button.
  • Fewer items drop but they're of greater quality.
  • A small overall statistic of the item you loot shows up on the left of the screen, comparing it to what you currently have equipped and letting you equip the new item straight away if you so desire.
  • Everything up to patch 1.0.7 is already in the game.

There is one more video that almost overlaps the one we posted earlier, but also shows a bit more of the game's UI.


And finally here is a picture of the controls posted on Facebook.

Comments

  • #21 Temsen
    No RMAH but a normal/gold one? Hello, dupes/hacked items I guess?
  • #22 BeRse
    Quote from XSEdef

    The pure scale on which items have been duped (radiant star gems dropping to 1/20th of what it costs to craft them, upwards of 8 of the same Manticores on the AH all at once, the same rare items getting posted one at a time every time the previous one is sold out) makes me believe that anyone who thinks the ONLY duping method is the rollbacks are people who view logic as their enemy.
    There is another way, it is however kept a safely guarded secret probably only known by a handful or two of people. Know why they dont share it with average joes like you and I? Because it makes them thousands of dollars, litterally.
    So no. I don't know what the exact method is, but if you apply the slightest amount of common sense you can see that the pure scale of it cant be only rollbacks.


    1. buy/craft many many radiant star gems
    2. log in your account with a vpn and transfer all the gems/items/gold to another account
    3. log in again with your normal ip, report to Blizzard your account was hacked and all your stuff is gone
    4. Blizzard looks at the login ips, see the unnormal ip and rollback your account
    5. now you doubled your radiant star gems without any cost

    easy wasn't it?


    Quote from XSEdef

    And okay, I will humor you - say rollbacks is the ONLY way of duping. HOW THE HELL is Blizzard allowing this to go on? How have they not managed to secure their system better against that sort of scamming? It must be happening on an astounding scale for i.e. radiant star gems to drop to 1m gold. So when they rollback an account, how hard is it to check what is on it? If there is 500+ radiant stars on the account, I can pretty much assure you something's up.


    Blizzard noticed the massive abuse of there rollback-service and since dezember 2012 items from rollbacked accounts are bound on account
  • #23 sicness
    Quote from FoxBatD2

    Just to be clear, it sounds like they don't even have a secure online structure for consoles. Like any attempt at public game will just be a hackfest.


    This is exactly the issue. People forget that PSN (the Playstation Network for online gaming) has been hacked several times alone in itself, so any sort of security on it isn't going to be reliable enough to have online accounts for D3.
  • #24 XSEdef
    Quote from BeRse

    1. buy/craft many many radiant star gems
    2. log in your account with a vpn and transfer all the gems/items/gold to another account
    3. log in again with your normal ip, report to Blizzard your account was hacked and all your stuff is gone
    4. Blizzard looks at the login ips, see the unnormal ip and rollback your account
    5. now you doubled your radiant star gems without any cost

    easy wasn't it?


    So how come Blizzard doesn't just ban the account the goods were transfered to Sherlock? It doesn't take more intelligence than that of the average chimp to derive the fact that if account A was hacked and all goods transfered to account B, then surely account B must belong to someone involved with hacking others?

    Quote from BeRse

    Blizzard noticed the massive abuse of there rollback-service and since dezember 2012 items from rollbacked accounts are bound on account


    *slow clap*
    Too bad the economy was already fucked by then. Oh, and dupes still show up regularly on AH. So either items which have come to be through rollbacks are NOT bound on account, or there is a second way of duping. You choose.
    Good gods. People's ability of logical thought these days would make Aristotle turn in his grave.

    We're getting off-topic here though: My main point is the fact that Blizzard claimed the always-online DRM would provide a better experience for the players. This has not been the case, leaving the always-online requirement absolutely ridiculous.
    The fact that there is no such DRM on the console just proves that they full well know that the game experience any worse with offline play.
  • #25 Dhaern
    Bad news, offline mode and no RMAH. Boring game for console noobs players.
  • #26 dinamar
    Quote from XSEdef

    *slow clap*
    Too bad the economy was already fucked by then. Oh, and dupes still show up regularly on AH. So either items which have come to be through rollbacks are NOT bound on account, or there is a second way of duping. You choose.
    Good gods. People's ability of logical thought these days would make Aristotle turn in his grave.



    The BoA on rollback was only on taiwaneese servers if i recall. It is not active on europe or us servers right now
  • #27 Eddog
    7:16 in the video. What is that golden globe that drops? It gives him EXP bonus for a short time
  • #28 overneathe
    Quote from Eddog

    7:16 in the video. What is that golden globe that drops? It gives him EXP bonus for a short time


    There appears to be some new mechanic where some globes give you shrine buffs. There's nothing official or detailed about it yet so I haven't listed it as an official change. Info will come soon enough I gather.
  • #29 XSEdef
    Quote from dinamar

    The BoA on rollback was only on taiwaneese servers if i recall. It is not active on europe or us servers right now


    I was not aware of this - thank you very much. Also, this means BeRse should check his facts before making statements like that (and I should have double checked).
  • #30 DieHardBastionFan
    Oh, holy crap. C'mon. This is insulting.
  • #31 Wakka9000

    Oh, holy crap. C'mon. This is insulting.


    What is insulting? That they get year old game?
  • #32 BeRse
    Quote from XSEdef

    Quote from BeRse

    1. buy/craft many many radiant star gems
    2. log in your account with a vpn and transfer all the gems/items/gold to another account
    3. log in again with your normal ip, report to Blizzard your account was hacked and all your stuff is gone
    4. Blizzard looks at the login ips, see the unnormal ip and rollback your account
    5. now you doubled your radiant star gems without any cost

    easy wasn't it?


    So how come Blizzard doesn't just ban the account the goods were transfered to Sherlock? It doesn't take more intelligence than that of the average chimp to derive the fact that if account A was hacked and all goods transfered to account B, then surely account B must belong to someone involved with hacking others?


    they did!
    but most of the time when they'd ban account B - the account was already empty because all the stuff (the dupes) are sold to other poeple over the auction house



    Quote from XSEdef

    Quote from dinamar

    The BoA on rollback was only on taiwaneese servers if i recall. It is not active on europe or us servers right now


    I was not aware of this - thank you very much. Also, this means BeRse should check his facts before making statements like that (and I should have double checked).


    this rule is active on every realm (including europe)
    dinamar is right that asia was the first realm with this rule become acitve, but the other realms followed shortly after
  • #33 overneathe
    To be honest I don't remember seeing an announcement that other realms have followed. Got any source?
  • #34 Jaetch
    Quote from overneathe

    To be honest I don't remember seeing an announcement that other realms have followed. Got any source?


    ^

    I've never seen anything regarding NA and EU servers getting the BoA-hammer upon rollbacks other than the Asia servers.
  • #35 Maka
    Neither have I. I'm pretty sure it's just the Asian server.
  • #36 BeRse
    ask the technical support ....
  • #37 dinamar
    i have a friend that got his account rolled back not two weeks ago, and his item was not made BoA
  • #38 Johnnyxp64
    Quote from maka

    You....bastards.


    +100000000
  • #39 m4st0d0n
    Console mode is super need on my PC. This looks like a better game than the game I have (well, except for the inventory). It should be a separate mode from Normal/Hardcore, that plays only offline and allows local (shared screen) coop.
  • #40 Popnbake
    So I stood in line at a midnight release for a diablo game that I haven't played in 9+ months?

    Console players now get the same diablo game but with the pc-version improvements, no rmah, and offline capabilities?

    The same offline capabilities which would have allowed to play the game when I could hardly get online during initial release?...


    You sure know how to treat your customers blizzard.
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