August 2, 2011

No Mods or Bots in Diablo 3


Bliz­zard announced today that they will not be adding Bots or Mod sup­port into Dia­blo 3, addi­tion­al­ly it will be off­i­cal­ly not allowed by the Terms of Ser­vice.  Dia­blo 3 will fea­ture a play­er dri­ven econ­o­my that will allow them to sell their hard earned loot for gold or cash.  This means there will also be no offline mode  and it will require you to have a active inter­net con­nec­tion to play the game.
“For a vari­ety of game­play and secu­ri­ty rea­sons, we will not be sup­port­ing bots or mods in Dia­blo III, and they’ll be express­ly pro­hib­it­ed by our terms of use for the game.  Express­ly pro­hib­it­ed, not just unsup­port­ed but ille­gal by the Dia­blo 3 ToS. A sad day con­sid­er­ing how big and active the Dia­blo 2 mod­ding com­mu­ni­ty still is. Will we still see new mods and updates for Dia­blo 2 in-spite of this announce­ment or will the play­ers merge over to the game sim­i­lar to the Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 mod­ding scene?” said Mod­DB
It’s been a rough few years for the mod­ding com­mu­ni­ty with big name pub­lish­ers remov­ing mod sup­port and why not, if play­ers aren’t allowed to release free con­tent then the only way for users to get new, fresh con­tent will be for them to pur­chase it.  It’s a most inge­nious and evil sys­tem and pub­lish­er giants such as Activi­sion have proved that they can charge $60 for a game and then anoth­er $60 in addi­tion­al con­tent.  This does­n’t even include the cute lit­tle xbox, ps3 or pc themes you can buy either.  On the flip side this has been good for indie devel­op­ers like Egosoft, which has one of the most modd­a­ble games in his­to­ry.
With the fall of big pub­lish­ers from the mod­ding com­mu­ni­ty indie devel­op­ers fea­tur­ing  games such as X3, Minecraft,  Mount & Blade, Amne­sia and many oth­ers are tak­ing their place and are get­ting quite a fol­low­ing.  Check out the Mount & Blade forums late­ly?  I see this as noth­ing more then devel­op­er greed and I’m hon­est­ly not suprised by it.  When I saw the announce­ment that Dia­blo III was going to con­soles I knew it was only a mat­ter of time before the game was locked down.  It’s sad to see real­ly. 
 

4 comments

  1. Kamiki - August 2, 2011 9:34 am

    As with many updates in WoW, here’s my response to Bliz­zard.
    “Dear Bliz­zard, Please go die in a fire with a rake shoved up your ass side­ways. Thanks.”
    Mods are awe­some! Bots, not so much, but you have to take the bad with the good. I may not have played any of the Dia­blo games (for shame, Kami­ki!) I’ve always want­ed to. So curse you Bliz­zard. Both for your shame­ful­ly awful updates, and for being addict­ing enough for me to still play your games. =P

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  2. CharcoalCoyote - August 2, 2011 11:26 am

    I’m both sad and hap­py to see this. I’m sad because this is going to total­ly kill an excel­lent series. I’m hap­py because it’s going to draw a lot of peo­ple to low­er bud­get games that are far more enjoy­able. I’m also hap­py because I called this at Dia­blo 3’s announce­ment, and now a lot of peo­ple owe me $5.
    In a way, I’m hap­py that Dota 2 went to Valve.
    Hear me, Valve.
    Do.
    Not.
    Screw.
    This.
    Up.

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  3. ScrotusKilmystr - August 2, 2011 3:53 pm

    it is a shame that unquie con­tent cre­at­ed by fans is get­ting shut out guess maybe bliz­zard felt some com­pi­ti­tion from the same guys who play the game…

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  4. Giuseppe - August 7, 2011 12:44 pm

    Use­ful facts! I have been hunt­ing for some­thing sim­i­lar to this for a lit­tle bit now. Thx!

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