1: Will it always be online like the pc Version and if not well that just proves the always online aspect for the pc is stricly DRM and nothing more.
2: Will there be real money involved with the AH.
You know if i think about it if its not always online i will get it on console instead of Pc because living in Australia i reckon Hardcore will be very very hard to play with lag and all....
1: Just like starcraft , Yes or well , Most likely imho.. to prevent piracy indeed.
2. As we pretty much know all this , yes. ( unless you mean console version , as with that , nobody but blizzard has any idea about that ).
Lag? the whole combat system is based on the Client , stuff like Looting and moving items is Server-side.
So basically the combat calculations are done on your client , not through the server to help against the lag.
I actually heard monsters and where there at is based on the server side.... Its going to be very interesting to see what they do. Also yeah im pretty much in the Beta and there is lag in combat and you can tell. Mind you, you do get used to it but still hardcore would be like second reactions and stuff...
Seriously, who cares about console?
Would be funny if they postpone the game indefinitively because of the console though!
The console version will not affect the pc version. Blizz has said it before, so no worries! In fact, they said they're gonna release the pc version first before starting with the console version. Thee fact that Bashiok told us who the Lead Designer is, is nothong to be alarmed about, since they have to get the team in order for when the pc version gets released in the coming months.
I say the console version will play like Torchlight in terms of controls i can see it happening..... but then u wont have the satisfying clickclickclickclickclickclick loot only XXXXXXX Y Right trigger loot