Diablo 2 Resurrected DRM Check

The issues with the remaster of Diablo 2 keep happening, the latest controversy being the Diablo 2 Resurrected DRM check. No matter what platform you’re playing the game on, you have to make sure to periodically go online for the server to perform the check. If you don’t, you might lose access to the game. It’s… not good.

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Diablo 2 Resurrected DRM Check

DRM Check in Diablo 2 Resurrected

The Diablo 2 Resurrected DRM check is just the latest issue in the customer-insulting experience that is this game. Basically, the game needs to check in with a server every thirty days in order to confirm that your copy of the game is legitimate. If you happen to be offline for longer that that period, you kinda can’t play the game anymore, according to this tweet by DoesItPlay1. This is sadly common practice on PC, but I’m not sure that it has been done on consoles before. Yes, even if you’re playing the new Diablo 2 on console, you still have to perform the DRM check. The process in and off itself is not a big deal; your console just has to be connected to the internet once a month; the game does the rest itself.

The actual issues with the Diablo 2 Resurrected DRM check is that it does nothing but inconvenience the legitimate customer. For one, it does nothing security-wise, since it’s easily removable by hacks. Second, the fact that you just lose access to a game you paid for if you don’t connect to the internet once every thirty days is outrageous. Sure, it’s not difficult to do, but you shouldn’t have to do it in the first place. Third, it opens the question of the future of these games. What happens if you want to play Diablo 2 after the servers that perform the DRM check get shut down? If nothing else, you should always be acutely aware that you don’t actually own the games that you shelled out your hard-earned money for. And before you say it – yes, I’m aware other services do this. It’s garbage when they do it, too.

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