Diablo 2 Resurrected, the remake of the classic action-RPG from Blizzard, has gone through quite a lot of controversy since its launch. Apart from the game launching in a buggy and unpolished state, there’s now more fuel to add to the fire. According to sources, Diablo 2 Resurrected cannot be played offline you fail to login online after 30 days.
As reported by MP1st, if you failed to play Diablo 2 Resurrected online for the past 30 days, you’ll be greeted with an error message on the menu screen that reads “Failed to authenticate. Please try again” when you try to log into the game. Some have chalked this up to bizarre DRM policies, while others believe Activision Blizzard were simply punishing players for not playing the game as frequently as they should.
However, some fans have stated that there’s a simple workaround to this issue. While it can’t be confirmed, apparently all you’ll need to do is perform another online check to get the game working again for offline play. According to MP1st, however, players will need to resort to hacks in order to bypass the error. Whatever the solution is, it’s still strange that Activision Blizzard even implemented this wall in the first place.
Diablo 2 Resurrected released last year, and had a lot more to deal with than numerous bugs, glitches and crashes. The game’s core gameplay systems were somewhat overhauled, but not for the better. Players reported poor to no hit detection, while others criticized its terrible UI and controller support for consoles. It released in such a broken state that it almost flew under the radar upon release outside of a dedicated fanbase.
Activision Blizzard have since tried to correct these issues with updates and patches, but a majority of the player base has notably fallen off over the last few months. This new error message for not logging into the game is yet another stain on the game’s legacy, which should’ve been a more celebrated release than it was.