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I've always thought that Starcraft 2 was Always Online, but I was talking to a college today and I found out there was an offline mode which just lacks access to achievements or custom maps (like I care for either).

I've boycotted StarCraft 2 when I read that it was Always Online play because I don't want my main gaming powerhouse connected to the internet.

So does StarCraft 2 require any net connection to start a single player game? I'm not going to waste money to buy it only to learn I can't play it.

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Starcraft 2 can be played offline, as long as you have logged in at least once.

Attempting to log in without an internet connection will give you the following screen:

Screenshot of "Can't Connect to Battle.net" prompt

Playing "Play Offline" at this point will allow you to:

  • Play all Campaign and Challenge missions.
  • Play Custom Games vs. the AI
  • Play Any Battle.net Arcade maps you have previously played (or can otherwise be found on your computer).

You will not be able to:

  • Earn Achievements
  • Earn Experience for your Starcraft 2 profile
  • Play LAN games, or otherwise invite anyone else into custom games.
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See also my answer here: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/4258/… –  Raven Dreamer Mar 12 '13 at 3:47
when you say "as long as you have logged in at least once" you mean i still have to log in after a fresh install or can i just go offline right away cause i remember Unreal 3 having an offline mode to but i didn't need to even need to log in to get it's offline mode (but i did have to mess with some profile files in the filesystem to save the game) –  Memor-X Mar 12 '13 at 4:07
@Memor-X Not sure what is unclear about that? You have to log in once. –  Matthew Read Mar 12 '13 at 4:17
@MatthewRead probably more a sense of clarity on weather the log in has to be successful that first time or not –  Memor-X Mar 12 '13 at 4:30
@Memor-X It has to be successful. It's essentially a one-time online activation. –  Raven Dreamer Mar 12 '13 at 11:15

As of this posting, you cannot play offline... even if you want to play local games, and have logged on multiple times in the past, StarCraft 2 still REQUIRES you be online and log in to Battle.net, even to play in "offline" mode.

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Are you sure? the other answer seems to indicate otherwise. –  Arperum Aug 27 '13 at 8:04

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