Q u o t e: There is offline single player, but it's something we're going to attempt to discourage as best as possible.
A lot of us, myself included, and probably a lot of you and your friends had the exact same Diablo II experience. You get the game, start playing, your friend says let's try co-op, and when you log in your characters aren't there. After a slight freakout moment and potentially some use of Webcrawler to search the World Wide Web with Netscape 6, you realized or figured out that you had to start over. That's actually an experience that can cause someone to stop playing the game. Maybe you or I let out a huge sigh, and maybe a brief mourning period after realizing the last 60 hours were completely wasted, but we pressed on. That's not the case for everyone. Maybe most people. I actually refused to start over for a while and continued on in single-player before finally jumping on Battle.net. Who knows what a lesser man would have done... ;)
So, if we can get people online and creating character on Battle.net from the get-go, there's less chance of that catastrophe. But there's still a play offline option, if you should need it.
haha and not only that i did the same exact thing you did lol... played on SP for months and never got on Bnet. so the only way i could play with friends was LAN. then we all ranger up and got on Bnet so we didnt have to worry about LANing anymore.
This new always online thing reminds me of the Shooters that everyone drools over.. like for ex, medal of honor.. if i remember correctly i think you have to be connected to online at all time if you want to be on the boards of "who is doing the best in the SP maps", things like how fast can you complete the maps, how man kills, K/D ratio, accuracy, ect ect. but i like the idea and system once i got it down.
hope Blizz uses something along those line.... not the exact shoot system like the finish the act faster then others and K/D ratio but their own style of achievement system set up.
Cant wait to serve God and the heavens and crush all of Hell and its little creations and with me takeing orders from Tyreal.