Crash Bandicoot 4 dropped on Battle.net for PC users last week, and despite being single-player with local co-op, it faced a slew of network errors that rendered the game unplayable for many. This is because it’s online-only, but Blizzard has fixed its servers.
On its launch, many players reported that they couldn’t play the game, turned away by connection errors as Blizzard wouldn’t let them in, as the authentication servers had gone down for several hours.
After two hours of server errors and players being unable to access the single-player game they purchased, Blizzard announced that a fix had been rolled out. This fix? Getting the servers back up, so should they ever go down again, players will be in the same boat. There’s no online functionality in Crash Bandicoot 4, and so players have voiced their anger at this decision.
However, it’s not too surprising given Blizzard’s unusual approach when it comes to using Battle.net – if you’re offline, there are only a select few games that are supported, and Crash Bandicoot 4 is not among them. Even Diablo 3 lacks a single-player, offline mode, meaning that if your internet ever goes down, you can’t count on your Blizzard library to keep you entertained.
With that, perhaps if you have a console lying around, it’d be better to avoid the risk and get Crash Bandicoot 4 elsewhere. Even on the Switch, Crash 4 seems to run quite well, as TheGamer’s review states, “Crash Bandicoot 4 is still well worth getting [on the Nintendo Switch], as most of the downgrades are visual rather than functional, with the game porting over surprisingly well.”
Other games on Battle.net that can’t be played offline include Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Cold War, and the aforementioned Diablo 3.
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James Troughton is a writer at TheGamer. He’s worked at the Nintendo-based site Switchaboo and newspaper TheCourierOnline and can be found on Twitter @JDTroughton.
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