Blizzard Considering Authenticated LAN-Play For StarCraft 2

Blizzard's decision not to support LAN multiplayer in StarCraft 2 has caused a significant outcry from the game's fans. As a compromise, the company is considering allowing players to play through LAN after authenticating online through Battle.net.

"That's certainly something we're discussing," lead designer Dustin Browder said.

"Maintaining a connection with Battle.net," Battle.net lead Greg Canessa explained. "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."

"We really wanted to have a very integrated experience for our players," Blizzard lead designer Browder said in a separate interview. "A lot of games these days require an internet connection to play."

"We really wanted to bring all these players together and keep them in the same pool, and make everything work, so your achievements work, your friends list works, everything just works correctly, as opposed to having two separated ways to play."

Blizzard confirmed that players will be able to play StarCraft 2's single player campaign offline, but they'll have to us a "guest account".

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Blizzard Considering Authenticated LAN-Play For StarCraft 2

Well I"ve paid for all of Blizards titles and it's been money well spent (including my 3+year WOW Addiction). I've been a fan for over 10 years now. The best times on Blizzard games have been spent lanning with my friends. So I"ll be really P*ssed off if they leave it out in SC2. Please Blizz, listen to your long term fans, we've spent lots of money on your games, and I hope that counts for something!

Blizzard Considering Authenticated LAN-Play For StarCraft 2

@ 12:35 27/8/2009Blizzard IS worst than EA. As far as I know, EA isn't milking on a f**king boring ugly MMO since 5-6 years while not doing anything else interesting. As far as I know, EA do each of their games in a unique way. They don't copy paste the graphical style of a game into another that has nothing to do with the later like Blizzard is doing with D3 graphics, which are clearly inspired of WoW. No, Blizzard sucks since a f**king long time, it isn't new.

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