StarCraft II, Diablo III Getting Pseudo-LAN

Saturday Shacknews reported that Blizzard is currently working on a pseudo-LAN application that will be implemented into the revamped service.

According to Blizzard's Greg Canessa, the support is planned for StarCraft II when launched next year; Jay Wilson also said in a separate report that Diablo III will provide the same support.

However, fans shouldn't expect the cherished offline LAN support of days long gone... at least for now "We are working on solutions with regard to things we can do to maintain connectivity to in some way, but also provide a great quality connection between players," said Canessa. To clarify, Shack suggested a scenario where the game would only check in with to authenticate the game before reverting to typical LAN behavior.

"Something like that," he replied. "Maintaining a connection with, I don't know if it's once or periodically, but then also having a peer-to-peer connection between players to facilitate a very low-ping, high-bandwidth connection... those are the things that we're working on."

Based on the information, it may be that StarCraft II (and Diablo III) will feature some kind of offline LAN support, only requiring an online connection to authenticate the game. That's certainly positive news for fans upset over the whole LAN connection issue.

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  • IronRyan21
    At least Blizard is noticing the fan outcry. They still need to do better than this. If im gonna actually pay for these games, give me real offline LAN play. Please?
  • rigaudio
    "Hey Grandpa, tell us again about the olden days when you could connect your computers directly together."
  • tektek2000
    Did i just hear a thundress roar... i guess a few koreans (in the millions)just jumped from the small hope of LAN tournament festivals will still go on! I'm a huge SC fan.. but the lack of local LAN.. is just damn confusing.. ur game set the standard for local lan fun..and in a way international tournaments and pro gamers.. that kept the game alive for over 10 years.. and created a huge loyal fan base.. so u say thank you.. by.. killing LAN? Did G. Bush become president of blizzard or something.. this sounds like BIN LADEN in cahoots with Saddam to attack american....WTF?!?!?!?