So I held off on posting this which was announced a couple days ago cause I was hoping they would retract their message but looks like there will be no LAN for Starcraft 2. Fans have been pissed (including my roommate Ammo) and signing petitions online to boycott starcraft 2. I am sure I will still pick it up either way but here is Blizzard's official response to the Fan Outcry:
"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." said Bob Colayco at Blizzard PR
6 years ago