Could Blizzard be working on offline modes for its games?

Imagine one day sitting down at your computer, firing up the Blizzard launcher, and choosing to play World of Warcraft or Diablo III… offline. Yeah, it’ll probably never happen, but how weird would that be?

The Blizzard community is scratching its head this week off of some datamined commands in Hearthstone that allow the player to set his or her account to “appear offline” to friends. While this may indeed merely be a privacy toggle, it’s gotten some musing whether this indicates that Hearthstone — and any other Blizzard titles — might include an actual offline mode in the future.

While we ponder that, there is one thing we know for certain: You can use the Blizzard launcher today to link up with the Destiny 2 community prior to the game’s release this fall. By linking a Blizzard account with a Bungie one, Activision players can be eligible for giveaways and hook up with clans.

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ekurisona

RPS: What if people don’t want to commit to a community? What if they just want to play the game?

Martens: We didn’t make that game. That’s the straight-up answer. We did not make that game, and we’re not going to turn this game into that game. We have the online mode because we learned a lot over the many, many years that Diablo II was in development.

That was the wrong choice to allow people to play offline, and we still stand by that. And we think Internet access is widespread. If someone has no Internet access, then yeah, Diablo III is not the game for them.

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/11/13/blizzard-talks-diablo-iiis-new-path-defends-online-req/

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keyvis

It’s just “privacy” settings that players were asking for years. I have no idea why it took so long to be added.

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Mewmew

Yes it’s absolutely privacy settings. It’s not at all anything to do with an offline mode.

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Rottenrotny

People have been asking to appear invisible for years.
Good on Blizz for finally getting that going.

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Utakata

I just rolled a Rogue instead… >.>

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Rottenrotny

HA! /ninja vanish

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Naturally, its just a privacy toggle. Which people have been asking for, for years.

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Neurotic

Well, Hearthstone has an AI, which I really enjoy (being a cack-handed amateur), and Overwatch has its training mode, although it would be *really* nice if they would make it client-side, so we don’t get kicked for inactivity from it. :P

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Fisty

That’s a big leap. All chat programs have had an invisible feature, it’s about time they finally do.

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Dread Quixadhal

Hmmmm, playing World of Warcraft as a single player game wouldn’t be that bad. Instead of a PUG group of horrible humans, you’d have predictable and reliable bots running the dungeons with you…

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Greaterdivinity

Would be nice, but most likely not. It’ll just be the “appear offline” feature that folks have been requesting for like, 5 freaking years or something silly by now.

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Jack Kerras

God, I hope so.

Here’s the deal: games which could easily be played offline and still require server authentication should ALL be available for offline play, without exception.

We’re all dealing with a fucking art form that decisions like this put an expiration date on. In thirty years, some of us will remember World of Warcraft, but it’s really likely nobody’s gonna be able to fucking play it.

We can look back at old masters to learn to draw or paint. We can read texts hundreds of years old for examples and to see the growth of language and the advent of useful words. We can inform ourselves about the present, and the future, by our willingness to examine the past.

It’s becoming common for video games to be effectively unable to do this.

I know that’s not the discussion here, I get it, but holy fuck someone needs to make a Goddamn good example to follow, and I can’t think of a better ‘someone’ than Blizzard.

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ceder

I think this is just more of a case of reading too much into things and just is simply the hide from friends list/show to be offline only. While it’d be nice to have to not play online, they’ve too much incentive to keep things online versus offline.