Diablo III has been taken down in Asia after an item duplication exploit was found to be proliferating online. That means people won’t be able to play offline either, since this game requires an online login to play the single player experience.
For now, no concrete estimate has been given on when the bug will be fixed, meaning that even innocent gamers in Asian regions will just have to twiddle their thumbs in the mean time.
In an effort to further curb piracy, Blizzard wants everyone to make use of its official authenticator, which if you can’t get the app, you’ll need to spend about £10 to get the hardware version of.
“Starting today, in order to add to your Battle.net Balance, players will be required to have a Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator attached to their Battle.net account,” Blizzard community manager “Kaivax” said on the official Diablo 3 forum.
“For clarity, this means you’ll need to have an Authenticator to add to your balance via Battle.net Account Management or to send the proceeds of your real-money auction house sales to your Battle.net Balance.”
This is just another instance that shows the problem with always-on play, whether single player or multiplayer. People are going to want to exploit it, whether for fun, or for a different gaming experience – and in some cases legitimately to cheat other players. Providing a sandbox version in offline mode – where people can cheat all they want, who cares? – at least corners some of those that might want to do so.