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What will happen to the modding community for the new Diablo game on release?

Posted by Henley on Aug 1st, 2011

News broke today about Diablo 3's brand new player controlled economy allowing players to sell their hard earned loot for gold and cash. This means a few things for players, the first is that there will be no "offline". The entire game will require an active internet connection to make sure that players are not gaming the system, and unfortunately this also means the death of modding for the IP.

Blizzard_FAQ wrote:For a variety of gameplay and security reasons, we will not be supporting bots or mods in Diablo III, and they'll be expressly prohibited by our terms of use for the game.

Expressly prohibited, not just unsupported but illegal by the Diablo 3 ToS. A sad day considering how big and active the Diablo 2 modding community still is. Will we still see new mods and updates for Diablo 2 in-spite of this announcement or will the players merge over to the game similar to the Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 modding scene?


I suppose it is good news for indie developers, with top indie games like Minecraft, Mount & Blade, Amnesia and most others, really focusing on their modding tools. Will be great to see awesome mods continue to come from the community for those games.

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cinco Aug 1 2011 says:

diablo 1 and 2 sucked. they're trying so hard to make 3 suck even harder.

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Icedecknight Aug 1 2011 replied:

Trolling Win.. You got me lol.

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Katana_ Aug 1 2011 says:

No mod support? No fan support.

I won't pirate this game myself, but I will set my own price for it. I'd buy it if it were for sale for two cents.

Because Blizzard clearly needs to learn its place in the industry. You do this, you'll find yourself in the bargain bin, fast.

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flyingtoaster Aug 1 2011 says:

Blizzard make some pretty good games. But I feel they should learn a thing or two from Valve. Valve has supported the modding community since the release of Half-Life 1.

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Brainlaag Aug 1 2011 says:

Whats wrong with the game producers today? Being greedy is one thing but this is just a bloody shame. Every somehow promising game turns out to be just a massive pile of **** made without any love or passion.

Pulling away the mod support (same as BF3) cuts away all of the possibilities dedicate gamers have. I miss the old times where games were made for fun, to pleasure the customer, made so you could purely enjoy all the hours sitting infront of a screen/monitor.

Guess we belong to a dwindling community lads.

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SоrataZ Aug 1 2011 replied:

More reasons to stay retro and mod the games we loved in our own childhoods.

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TheUnbeholden Aug 1 2011 replied:

To true. I don't see a reason to play this. Hell I've been disappointed by a game I've been waiting ages for (DNF). I don't see any reason to buy Diablo 3 if they take this MMO and no modding route... and I will also be delaying my purchase of DNF till it has modding support. Man has Blizzard seriously dropped the ball on this. I heard some backlash on SC2 as well.

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Cuthberth Aug 3 2011 replied:

"Every somehow promising game turns out to be just a massive pile of **** made without any love or passion"


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mapayne Aug 1 2011 says:

How many times have companies attempted to prevent mods being made. In the end some programmer will manage to beat the game and release tools for it. It happens with Starcraft. Everyone thought it was impossible to edit (except for the editor that came with the game), but theres always ways around these things. Same thing with offline play.

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ice_trey Aug 1 2011 says:

not that im ever gonna play this game, but i totally loathe all these gamemakers who does NOT support
their fanbase ie mods, are they really THAT retarded??

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Demascus Aug 1 2011 says:

I personally don't even really care, sure it sucks that there is no modding for it, but who gives a crap if there is a real money store in it. now if it gave you items that were BETTER like in some mmo's (which this is not whoever said they were making it), it's just hey, i found this item i'm gonna sell it cause none of my characters will use it, and then you can either choose to get gold or cash. personally i'll probably use the gold marketplace quite a bit. and the internet connection kinda sucks, but what everyone seems to think, is it's new. C%C 4 did it, blizzard already did it with sc2. everyone freaking out about this is completely ridiculous. I can understand the frustration with no modding though, cause i love my6 mods for Half-life 2, couldn't imagine a half life 3 without mods

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Tatsur0 Aug 1 2011 says:

Have to say this is one of the more depressing topics yet. Incredibly disappointed in people. Numerous excuses/failed justifications for pirating games (complaining about features that are there to prevent just that).

I'm extremely unhappy with the lack of mod support and requirement to be online at all times but the shop doesn't directly affect anyone unless they choose to participate in it and that's the closest thing to an MMO there is and only handles what D1 and D2 were doing in the beginning. If you want to play D3 with friends and ignore the shop you can, you know that right?

We don't always get what we want but what's with the over the top hate?

Some of you need to read your comments and take a moment to either do your research or at the very least think on em a bit. Common sense goes a long way :) If not for yourself then your fellow players. I'm still not sure if I'm grabbing D3 but if I do I'll know it's not for mod support and everything's online these days anyways so not really hurting there either.

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nbohr1more Aug 4 2011 replied:

Alright, I've read enough. You must be some astro-turfing PR dude for Blizzard (et al.). First of all, cop to your scum-baggery right now and also name your sock-puppet. You know, the one who brings up Piracy so that the topic is moved from the stupidity of persistent online DRM and NO EFFING MOD SUPPORT!

Next, give the Mod community a REAL apology for this treachery. Their Mod content kept selling your ancient games Blizzard (effin' ey!)!

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Tatsur0 Aug 4 2011 replied:

I like now that Bliz is with Activision the massive Blizzard love is lost and/or forgotten. If you don't know who I am then you're not really a proper member of this community heh (not saying I'm well liked but seriously). I don't have to explain AGAIN the stupidity behind piracy and I wasn't just complaining about that but others like you TROLLOLOLOLOLO.

Time to get your head out of your *** :)

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nbohr1more Aug 5 2011 replied:

My apologies Neo-Tokyo man. I haven't touched that mod since a big HL2 update broke all mod support (yeah, I know they've fixed it).

Your answers just sounded too apologetic on Blizzard's behalf and it struck a nerve.

I agree that Piracy in retaliation is a dumb tactic...

But lets not be pacified by calls to reason and sympathy for the publisher. DRM is eroding the concept of product ownership and consumer attrition to products with draconian DRM is a loss of rights for all who value the independence of product ownership. We are heading down a path where all things are for rent only, maybe someday the very organs of our body will cease to function if we don't keep that persistent DRM connection linked and our rent paid.

As a Cyber-Punk fan, you must have speculated on this as well...

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version15 Aug 1 2011 says:

hehe gotta love the community, we make EVERYTHING into a debate. I LOVE YOU ALL.

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TalonFive Aug 1 2011 says:

Well just wanted to say how big i'm sick of today's gaming industry. This news particulary is the biggest of all, killing game like this only for profit really makes me sick and you developers should think about for whom are you making this game. Where are those times when games were just made for fun and entertainment...

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ApornasPlanet Aug 1 2011 says:


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OhNoesBunnies! Aug 1 2011 says:

I will not be buying this game either. No mod support, no money from me.

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Slycoin Aug 1 2011 says:

Its basically the same ******** system AC 2 tried to use but failed so bad at that they didnt use it in brotherhood. Was a pain in the *** for costumers and pirates alike. I heard that the new driver game is using it too.

What is more funny is that they imagine they can stop piracy by creating a new system. But the truth is, every system is beatable. The cracking teams nodoubt will find it as a good challenge. I remember when all the cracking teams raced eachother of who will have the glory of cracking the mighty AC 2 that ubisoft worked on so hard.

I also find it wierd that the developers for example see that a program has been pirated 5 million times, and they suddely imagine that they lost 5 million costumers. WRONG, most of the people who pirate games, will never ever buy them them. Max number of costumers they probably loose from 5 million is like 500k. And those who will not buy these nonpiratable games will just move on to inde or retro games.

I suggest you dont buy diablo 3. Because eversince Blizzard became the supreme nonquestionable ruler in the gamingindusty, they only have dollarsigns on their eyeballs.

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Demascus Aug 1 2011 replied:

they're the supreme unquestionable rulers in the gaming industry?, who the **** said that? and i still don't get how yall think they make money off of marketplace...

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Draxanoth Aug 1 2011 replied:

They take a cut of any items sold for real world cash.

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TheUnbeholden Aug 1 2011 replied:

yes its quite a money making scheme like DLC, HD remakes, preorders... I think the difference is that DLC and HD remakes are universally detested (or at least most of them are, there are some exceptions) so marketplace and preorders I think are the only legitimate cash milking scheme that I don't have a problem with.

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TrashCan-Man23 Aug 1 2011 says:

I for one can't say that I won't ever buy this game. I'm sure I will sometime in the future, although I can say without a doubt I won't be buying it on the release day.

What I do have to say though is that with being a Diablo I and Diablo II addict, those two games sucking away many hours of my day - both online and offline play - I am extremely disappointed at this move.

Maybe because I have some mild form of OCD, but I'll be buying this to complete my Diablo Collection. It is still extremely disappointing, and disheartening to hear of this news. I for one will be sticking with Diablo II and it's mods for many years to come along with many of my old(er) computer games.

Oh and one last thing: **** you Activision, and **** you Blizzard. Way to go, you're screwing an epic franchise over. Nice job, *********.

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TheUnbeholden Aug 1 2011 replied:

I think you should hold off on the purchase until the game gets cheaper, don't let them get your hard earned money.. or until they decide to give it modding support. MODDB is in a uproar and I think we shouldn't let this injustice stand.

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xxMidgetxx Aug 1 2011 says:

I don't think this game having no mod support will affect me so much that I would have to pirate it or not buy it at all. But having to always be online to play the game really ****** me off. What about long car rides, playing at someone elses house without internet, etc etc. I guess piracy a harmless thing to do at first glance has got ourselves as gamers in a deeper hole.

At least Torchlight 2 is coming I'll be buying that. I'll think about Diablo 3.

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Conchobhar Aug 1 2011 says:


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Dragux Aug 1 2011 says:

activision needs the money, blizzard doesnt... so activision i believe is making the call saying NO MODS... shame, i enjoyed playing mods for diablo and it was fun... i miss the new monsters and BEYOND HELL modes that make the game incredibly harder to the point where you can only get hit once and die even by weakling monsters... anywho... whatever, they will still make millions if not billions from us pawns :P

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Some-Dingus Aug 1 2011 says:

I got an idea! Get over it.

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Sev-RC- Aug 1 2011 says:

I really do not care that you can't mod it(I never modded Diablo2)I thing it will be fine anyways.

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Cuthberth Aug 3 2011 replied:

The mods improve and revive the games, if not understand that, are you doing here?.
Besides the issue is that no one can do mods.

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Sev-RC- Aug 1 2011 says:

<3 Exactly my thoughts.*hands a cookie*

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Sev-RC- Aug 1 2011 says:

Activision doesn't need any freakin' money they already have millions of mindless drone that will buy their games/map packs.

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Imagamer45 Aug 1 2011 says:

I'm definitely not buying this now. For shame, Blizzard. For shame.

See you guys in Torchlight 2.

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sbseed Aug 1 2011 says:

it is also sad and true that blizzard hasnt been much for the modding community... even with warcraft 3, but still this is a new low for even them. not surprising specially since they are now co-owned by vivendi(i think) and EA.

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Draxanoth Aug 1 2011 says:

Blizzard died when North was closed. All that remains now is Activision's whores. Let us hope that our industrious Taiwanese brethren who are crafting LAN for SC2 can assist us in circumventing this travesty.

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parhana Aug 1 2011 says:

WTF i was so looking forward to playing this game with mods

Diablo 2 was amazing and when i look at this my heart sinks :(

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Shykary Aug 1 2011 says:

That is a bummer. :/

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Shoelip Aug 1 2011 says:

Heh. I already wasn't going to buy this game after I noticed that they decided to use a WoW aesthetic, so this news doesn't really affect me much.

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Cuntar Aug 2 2011 says:

Just to put my 2 cents here:
1. No mods, well, i haven't modded D2 in my lifetime and i still enjoyed the game enough to prepare my pre-order. As to DLC's and stuff, blizzard is last developer i expect to see any form of DLC from, they always expanded game with expansion packs that were really expanding the gameplay.
2. This Auction House is to prevent any scams while buying items(if someone wants to do it he would find outside source anyway), and blizzard doesn't generate items that are put on AH, players do, so all this "omg itz f2p nao" have no sense at all. If items have to be actually dropped, then high-tier stuff prices will be simply insane, simply due to it's rarity, so i wouldn't worry about it too much.

Still, that's just my point of view.

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nbohr1more Aug 4 2011 replied:

Gimme a break.

Are you really gonna make excuses for Blizzard here? Really?

"Hi, I'm a consumer and features in the product line I've been loyal to are being taken away. It's cool. I am perfectly happy with their business plan and the profiteering at my expense. I'm also happy to see them promoting a business practice that erodes the very notion of product ownership. I'm just a happy little guy."

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Undying_Zombie Aug 2 2011 says:

To be honest I was one of those people who wanted to pre-order the game as soon as it became available.

Now... no, not even going to touch this game with a 10 foot pole unless they change some things.

Doubt blizzard cares that they are chasing customers away with this though.

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11dog11 Aug 2 2011 says:

mod nazis :L

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dowdpride Aug 2 2011 says:

im going to pirate this now just to spite them. blizzard is turning into EA!

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darkace256 Aug 2 2011 says:

Auction House?!?! In a singleplayer game! You have to login to there servers to play...a "SINGLEPLAYER" game!?!?!

First off I say loss the auction house if anything just get rid of the auctionhouse, or you'll loss gameplay. Whats the point of a item based game if you can just buy power! Whats to stop someone from farming gold then going to the auction house and buying the best item for there gold or real money for that matter?!

On to my second point.

What if you wanna play LAN or on a plane?
You know what the DEV team said to that? "Well you should play other games on a plane." Yeah I guess we'll play "TORCHLIGHT 2" or "GRIM DAWN" and not even bother with your game.

Oh and no modding?!?!

This game is going to have a VERY VERY short life span. Modding is one of the main reasons I and many others still play D2 and its over 11 years old.

The community of diablo waits what, like 10 years for a sequel and you give use this?!? A game the has no modding support and is in fact illegal to do so, and an auctionhouse which will ultimately destroy the gameplay and PVP! All this game is to the DEV team is a CASHGRAB with fancy graphics, nothing more nothing less.

TotalBiscuit has a very good argument about this matter on his youtube channel. The DEV team should really listen to him.

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jaxa Aug 2 2011 says:

FAIL. What does a virtual marketplace have to do with mods? They'll already have to either validate installations to prevent cheating or host items on Blizzard servers, so how do mods make that job any harder?

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Jerkakame Aug 2 2011 says:

Indie is the future, but if they get greedy and stop making mod support, whos next? amateurs? lol were going back to the stone age with mods for pacman and pong

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Cuthberth Aug 3 2011 says:

This is a serious S***!!! Can´t play without internet and no mods?!?!?!. Capcom make the same for the new sf4.
WTF Diablo is THE SINGLE PLAYER GAME, Blizzard tries to make all their games in morpgs or what????

No games like the old ones

Very dissapointed :[

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Dunkelschwamm Aug 3 2011 says:

I've been kinda on the fence about this one for a while. On one hand, Diablo 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. On the other hand, the only people working on Diablo 3 are the people working on the shittiest aspects of the rest of the Blizzard games. This is kind of the straw that broke the camel's back.

I'm not going to buy it as the only aspects that I was excited to see are not going to be included. I'm not going to pirate it either, because I really feel no need to play a game that I wouldn't pay money for. Blizzard insists on widening the gap between the player and the developer, and that is the opposite of what I want to see. From here on out I'm refraining from buying (or pirating) any Blizzard products. They'll still make money, but they're not getting any from me until they change their stance on what gaming is about. This probably won't put a dent in their earnings or be significant in any way, but I'll be content with myself knowing that I'm not supporting their disrespectful attitude towards the communities of gamers who keep giving them chances.

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Cuthberth Aug 3 2011 says:

Maybe it's time to make our own Java-based server like in L2???

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