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Dropping StarCraft II’s LAN support was “difficult decision”

Tuesday, 30th June 2009 07:12 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Blizzard’s confirmed to VG247 that StarCraft II will indeed lack LAN support, saying the decision to drop the feature was “difficult”.

Last night’s reports that no local multiplay is to be included in the game were met with general disbelief.

Said Blizzard in a statement:

We don’t currently plan to support LAN play with StarCraft II, as we are building Battle.net to be the ideal destination for multiplayer gaming with StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games. While this was a difficult decision for us, we felt that moving away from LAN play and directing players to our upgraded Battle.net service was the best option to ensure a quality multiplayer experience with StarCraft II and safeguard against piracy.

Several Battle.net features like advanced communication options, achievements, stat-tracking, and more, require players to be connected to the service, so we’re encouraging everyone to use Battle.net as much as possible to get the most out of StarCraft II. We’re looking forward to sharing more details about Battle.net and online functionality for StarCraft II in the near future.

Beta, please.

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15 Comments

  1. GrMbL

    “and safeguard against piracy.”

    This is the only reason i see why they do this.
    Unless they come up with some very interesting features.

    “to ensure a quality multiplayer experience”

    Deuuuh. LAN games are with people you sit in the same room. Very often friends who don’t have a freaky play style. You can choose to go online if you really want…

    So again, what will be those advanced features? I guess they won’t have anything to do with LAN games, except anti-piracy.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Freek

    Wow, that’s mental. But I geuse you could still all log in to Battle.net on a LAN and host private games, but it’s not the same and requires fast internet to be present.

    This comming from the developer who made SC1 so that you diden’t even all have to have a CD in order to play LAN!
    That’s some progress.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. SwiftRanger

    Euhm guys, it was already known from the Leipzig show last year that Diablo III wouldn’t have LAN either. This really isn’t a big surprise if you connect the dots (read: that both games use BN2.0).

    Hamachi is pirate heaven so in a way this is good but LAN was also a great promotion tool for a game. So it’s a shame they’re leaving it out as well.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. El_MUERkO

    “No LAN!”

    good luck with that

    i await the hacked beta client with lan supports release between 1 and 4 days after the beta starts, followed by the lan playable full release a week before it hits the shelves

    followed by a desperate climbdown by acti/blizz as they attempt to recoup some sales in asia :D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Hunam

    It was a difficult decision being it was a decision made against all common sense. It’s a joke that I have to go through the internet to play against a friend sitting half a metre away. Blizzardlol.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Grimrita

    By not having LAN support will save alot of money from a development point of view.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Hunam

    This sums up my views really: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/9/29/

    Basically, because of people who are never going to buy the game anyway, paying customers are getting shafted. Great work there. It’s not like Blizzard games sell megatons anyway.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Centipede

    But by having no LAN support what is going to happen in the e-sports arena?? This means that Pro-Gamers have to play against each other via internet on tournaments like WCG?!

    E-sport is a main focus of StarCraftII so this choice seems very odd to me….

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Hunam

    I’d imagine for things like that there will be a custom server or something that BN redirects too I guess. Smaller LAN companies will be fucked though.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Centipede

    Custom servers is an option of course. They already do this for WoW Arena games in larger E-Sports tournament.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if we could also buy bnet server software that can create a local-only battle net (not connected to the internet). Now THAT would be awesome.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Hunam

    No, that would be paying extra for something we should just get out of the box.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    “By not having LAN support will save alot of money from a development point of view.”

    I don’t know much about this sort of thing, but surely if they’ve already written the networking code for working over the internet, then the much more simple LAN code would be a breeze?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Centipede

    @hunam …I guess you are right about that.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Hunam

    Sorry for being a bit blunt there!

    It does just wind me up though. Blizzard seem to be taking every step they need to by making a good game then just making me not want to buy it. No LAN and having to buy 3 games to get the full story. You’d think that having to constantly defend their awful decisions someone over there would have clocked what the players want.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Centipede

    No blunteness felt ;-)

    Not including LAN is a choice I don’t understand. However it does not bother me that much. Three episodes for Starcraft II is actually something I am looking forward to, because I’m a sucker for the single-player modes (and the lore within it).

    I still think/hope the game will be awesome (played it during the worldwide invitational and it was awesome already back then!)

    #15 5 years ago

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