Blizzard’s Pardo: LAN will be a “great footnote in our history”

Monday, 17th August 2009 08:06 GMT By Patrick Garratt


LAN in future Blizzard games? Really not. Blizzard boss Rob Pardo’s given a very solid indication that offline networking for the hoi polloi in the firm’s games is no more.

“I think LAN will be a great footnote in our history, just like DOS was,” said the exec, speaking at a StarCraft II single-player press event in California last month.

News that StarCraft II wouldn’t support LAN play resulted in internet outcry in June. More than 100,000 have now signed a petition to get the feature reinstated.

“It was a very tough decision, and I’d say we’d been talking about it back and forth for well over a year before we finally decided that this is more the direction for the future for us, and actually for the industry,” said Pardo.

Pardo was talking at a StarCraft II single-player event. Impressions here, Rob Pardo interview here, Campaign screens here.



  1. Freek

    That’s nice if you’re living the future. The rest of us live in the here and now, where people still play on LAN.
    So unless you plan to delay the game until 2020, LAN mutliplayer will be sorely missed.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dralen

    LAN Partys are awesome, please don’t get rid of them.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. absolutezero

    Sorry filthy pirates you know blah blah its just easier blah blah pirates blah blah can’t really be bothered with lan blah blah blah.

    Buy our games though.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Hunam

    The internet is just a fad.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gamoc

    What the fuck is the internet?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Michael O'Connor

    Just out of curiosity, when was the last time you guys were at a LAN party?

    They’re great and all, but they’re becoming increasingly less popular.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    I distinctly remember taking my Atari ST round to my mate’s house for network Populous in 1988. Once.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gamoc

    In fact, I’ve never had a lan party. Ever. I have the internet [looks at router].

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Freek

    When was the last time I was at a LAN? Saturday.
    I co-originize one. We run the Dutch Gaming Festival about every 6 months or so, usually around 50 PC gamers, with a dozen consoles gamers.
    Getting bigger every time, up to the point where we have to turn people down if we don’t find a bigger space, wich is still affordable.
    Red Alert 3 was popular this time round. We expected to be running SC2 next year, ofcourse that’s not gonna happen if It’s up to Blizzard.

    And speaking to the visitors, they go to a number of parties each year.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Artheval_Pe

    Just out of curiosity, when was the last time you guys were at a LAN party?
    Two weeks ago, and it’s incredibly more fun and interesting than playing over the internet.

    Games tend to make gamers less and less socialized, and it’s a shame that things that allowed people to have direct contact (Split-screen multiplayer, LAN) aren’t trendy any more.

    #10 5 years ago

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