Activision Blizzard is currently facing serious charges continuous harassment and mistreatment of their workers. And that is also leading the company to make different decisions regarding your future.
Without going any further, today we learned that Blizzard has decided remove TCP / IP support from Diablo II Resurrected, a popular multiplayer feature that allowed gamers to play with others using a peer-to-peer connection, instead of the official Blizzard servers.
Blizzard announced its decision in a new FAQ section About the Diablo II Resurrected Early Access Beta, so it is coming by surprise to many players.
“TCP / IP support will not be available in the next beta or endgame “stated Blizzard. “After careful deliberation, we will no longer support this option, as we identify potential security risks and are committed to safeguarding the experience of the player. “.
TCP / IP support It has also been used to play video games over LAN connections, with external services such as GameRanger that allow you to play online. This potentially opened the door for cheaters when playing with strangers, but perhaps more importantly, allowed players to bypass the use of Blizzard’s Battle.net service.
Reddit users like /r/pcgaming were quick to criticize the decision, pointing out that would have negative implications for the speedrunning community and it would make it impossible to play online with the remastered graphics and features while using smaller mods that don’t have dedicated servers. The highlight is that the decision has been criticized as a measure to ensure that Blizzard can protect its revenue stream and force players to use Battle.net. The removal of TCP / IP support could also have implications for the future of multiplayer functionality in the remaster. if Blizzard closed the service without implementing a fix.
The Diablo 2 alpha test that took place earlier this year It also enabled players to figure out the game and allowed them to access game elements such as locked classes, based on PCGamesN. The possibility that the player’s economy could be affected malicious attacks played a role in Blizzard’s decision to remove TCP / IP support.
In any chaos, Diablo 2: Resurrected is far from the first time a Blizzard remastering / relaunch has met with fan rejection. When Warcraft III: Reforged was released, it became impossible to play the original classic, replacing it with a remaster that suffered technical issues and failed to deliver on several Blizzard promises.
If the lack of TCP / IP support is not a deal breaker for you, you can check out the Diablo II Resurrected public beta dates and see the game in action for yourself.
Activision will also participate at this year’s Gamescom event, which runs from August 25-27.