In the original games you could pause single player. In Diablo III, you are always connected and there is no real "single player" mode. Is it still possible to pause the game? I haven't been game (no pun intended) to test it out in anger.

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If you press Escape while no other player is connected, the game pauses, just like many other single-player games.

  • I presume this does not hold true while in a party?
    – Zero
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 16:33
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    I also noticed that opening certain screens caused this, most notably the achievements screen.
    – James
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 16:36
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    @Foxtrot correct, you cannot pause when other players are connected.
    – Oak
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 16:48
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    while in a party it'll appear a small hourglass in your head. So you can know if someone is 'in-pause'
    – Michel
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 17:37
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    What happens if someone joins while the game is paused?
    – Sigh
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 4:34

You can definitely press Escape for pause but keep in mind that game will kick you in about 10 minutes of "Pause" with timeout error. That's not a real pause!

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