Always online ‘better for everybody’ – id Software

With the announcement that Diablo III would require a persistent online connection came the inevitable upset from some of the PC community. It’s bound to cause a hassle for some, but legendary developers id Software believe it will be ‘better for everyone’ in the long run.

Creative director Tim Willits (not John Carmack for once) spoke about DRM being always-on to Eurogamer at this year’s QuakeCon. “Diablo III will make everyone else accept the fact you have to be connected. If you have a juggernaut, you can make change. I’m all for that. If we could force people to always be connected when you play the game, and then have that be acceptable, awesome,” he said.

“In the end, it’s better for everybody,” he said. “Imagine picking up a game and it’s automatically updated. Or there’s something new you didn’t know about, and you didn’t have to click away. It’s all automatically there. I’m a big proponent of always connected. I’m always connected. Our fans are always connected.”

“There will be a few people who will resent the fact you have to be online to play a single-player game. But it’ll change.”

If anyone knows the industry, it’s id. We’d believe them if they said that PS5 was out tomorrow with Halo 6 as a launch title.

Well, not really, but you get the jist.