StarCraft II Can Be Played Offline

Troubled by the Battle.net login screen that appears upon first launching StarCraft II? Does it mean that StarCraft II requires an internet connection? Not so, says Blizzard's Rob Pardo.

Some of our readers were a bit put off by the suggestion that the single player portion of StarCraft II would require logging into Battle.net, as evidenced by some of the comments in the post following the Battle.net panel at BlizzCon this weekend. The next day we followed up on the issue with Blizzard vice president of game design Rob Pardo, who clarified the single player situation for us.

"You don't technically have to (login), but you'll want to. You can play in offline mode if you want - I just don't think you're going to want to. You'll be giving up lots and lots of features, and why would you want to be giving up features?"

We covered the features exhaustively in the original post, but perhaps we didn't draw your attention to the button on the above screenshot labelled "Play As Guest." That button kicks off the game without connecting, so those of you without internet who couldn't possibly be reading this post should be happy, unless they try to set up a LAN.


Comments

    That's... not really good enough, Blizzard. Saving games in the cloud is nice, but I would prefer a local copy any day.

    I'll certainly be logging in regardless, but it looks a bit shit if you the *only* option for offline play is logging in as a guest.

    No offline profiles? No offline achievements?** So if someone's sharing the game with someone in their household (GOD FORBID) they both have to use the same account, saving around each other? Hrrmmm.

    **err, this game has achievements, right? I can't remember if I read it or not. These days I don't see why it wouldn't.

      Achievements have been confirmed in screenshots, yes.

    I still buy it.
    Come out already damn it.

    i have no net i only go online at work or at a mates house i dont realy want to keep my pc halfway accross town for features that i should get when i hand over my cash and get my disk.

    I'm sick of these games companies. Blizzard and Valve are the biggest perpetrators. Sure their games are good, but they think they're the best shit ever and they can tell me what I want.

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