Over the past few days there’s been a wealth of information released about Blizzard‘s upcoming title Diablo III, and lately many people have been asking whether this game is an MMORPG or not. Well, the answer is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no.
While in a traditional sense Diablo 3 is not an MMORP game, you may consider it as one as lately the differences are sometimes vague. Diablo III can be played in single-player mode and you don’t have to interact with other players at all if you don’t want to. However, with the recent news we found out D3 will have an auction house where players can trade items (even for real money), so player interaction is definitely going to happen. You can also play the game in co-op mode with your friends which I’m sure many people will do.
Additionally one other piece of information we got from Blizzard is that Diablo III will require you to be constantly connected to their servers, which is not surprising considering there would be plenty of cheaters exploiting the auction house if otherwise. Much like in any other MMO game your characters will be saved on Blizzard’s servers and not locally on your PC.
There’s also a lot of other elements Diablo 3 has that can be found in typical MMORPGs: different classes, equipment, loot, leveling, skills, bosses and more, just to name a few. Gameplay is definitely different than what you’ll experience in most other MMORPGs out there — Diablo III is still a hack and slash game. However with the number of features is hard to say that D3 isn’t an MMORPG.
In any case, it’s going to be one hell of a game. While no release date has been set at this time, Blizzard is hoping to release it this year, in all likelyhood in order to compete with Star Wars: The Old Republic. I do suggest you check out the official Diablo 3 site and read more about the game. It’s highly likely the beta will be more accessible soon, especially after the Blizzcon, after which we will have tons of info about the game.