Diablo 3 requires constant internet connection, new gameplay video also out

Blizzard has confirmed that the much awaited Diablo 3 will require gamers to be constantly connected to the internet even after completing the initial authentication process.

According to the details revealed by Blizzard's Rob Pardo, this constant internet connection requirement is due to implementation of numerous new Battle.net and Auction House features.

Diablo III

Check out the features below:

  • A persistent friends list.
  • Cross-game chat via the RealID system.
  • Persistent characters that are stored server-side (no more having to play online once every 90 days, nor item duplication cheats).
  • Persistent party system.
  • Player-versus-player and public game matchmaking.
  • Dynamic drop-in/out for co-op
  • Larger item stash that gets shared among all of your characters (at the moment, up to 10)
  • The auction house (allows players to sell loot for real money)
  • The Achievement system and detailed stat-tracking, both of which feed into the final point:
  • The Banner system, a visual way to display your skills that take into account earned achievements, the number of PVP victories etc. Banners can be clicked to teleport to other players.

The developer has also confirmed that Diablo 3 will be playable at GamesCom in Colonge, which is schedule to take place mid of August. Check out the over seven minutes of beta gameplay video below:

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