Create Offline Games Against the AI

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Following Wings of Liberty patch 2.0.4, players are now presented with more options for playing against the AI than ever before, but we’ve noticed some confusion surrounding the availability to create offline games versus the AI. The ability to create offline games has not been removed. To play a custom game locally against AI opponents, go to the Custom Game screen, right click on any map you want in the map list and select “Create Offline Game”. This will create a local lobby and allow you to select AI opponents of various skill levels as you could previously. In fact, this feature is more powerful than ever. You can now use any map on Battle.net to create an offline game, sort and search maps, and take advantage of the new AI options introduced in the patch.

As was the case in previous versions of the game, certain restrictions apply for games created offline. Most notably, you cannot invite any other players to join the game, and you cannot earn achievements while playing offline.

We hope you enjoy the improvements to AI in patch 2.0.4 and wish you the best of luck against the AI!
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That is awesome!
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Oh hey, I didn't know that. That's fantastic. If my roommate is downloading something, I can still get my StarCraft fix!

Thanks for this thread, Aldrexus!
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Does anyone have problem to log on to battlenet since the new patch released?
The game crashed once trying to log on.
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I believe there is a bug with AI allies. This appears to be a bug. Neither in custom or arcade melees are you able to select resource sharing panel or toggle it with hot key with an ai ally.
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Yeah i was annoyed at first until finding that.

I still feel like i lost a lot of maps though since custom maps are just not same selection? Maybe I'm just a sc2 noob. I don't like all the extra steps to create a vs ai came with a pre set difficulty though.
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Does anyone have an intense amount of lag in online play or is it just me? and If so how did you solve it?
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This still isnt good enough. I like pre-2.04 where I DID NOT HAVE TO LOGIN to play. I like my guest accounts, i like being able to play without having to go through another server, i like being able to mess around without having to let people know i was playing.
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What we need is the "create offline games against people on the same LAN network"
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02/21/2013 06:59 PMPosted by Juggernaut
Does anyone have an intense amount of lag in online play or is it just me? and If so how did you solve it?

Finish the background download and your lag subsides.
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Since downloading the update last night, I can't play! After waiting to connect to the streaming server for a minute or two, I am getting a message saying "Unable to download game from Blizzard servers. To play the game offline 100% of the game needs to be downloaded..."

Please fix this issue.
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Question... can I still play offline without updating the software on my MAC?
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is it still possible to get 1 vs 4 very hard ai outmatched achievment with the new patch? im goin back to patch 1.5 where ive heard upgrades were made to ai intelligence. that is the only 1 im missing right now and have been trying to get it for a while. any advice on earning this achievement?
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wow thank u
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EDIT Lol they ninjafixed my problem. ;-)
Edited by SoulFilcher on 2/22/2013 5:55 AM PST
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what about offline campaign?
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i was about to create a thread about offline ai games til i saw this..thanks a bunch!
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Following Wings of Liberty patch 2.0.4, players are now presented with more options for playing against the AI than ever before, but we’ve noticed some confusion surrounding the availability to create offline games versus the AI. The ability to create offline games has not been removed. To play a custom game locally against AI opponents, go to the Custom Game screen, right click on any map you want in the map list and select “Create Offline Game”. This will create a local lobby and allow you to select AI opponents of various skill levels as you could previously. In fact, this feature is more powerful than ever. You can now use any map on Battle.net to create an offline game, sort and search maps, and take advantage of the new AI options introduced in the patch.

As was the case in previous versions of the game, certain restrictions apply for games created offline. Most notably, you cannot invite any other players to join the game, and you cannot earn achievements while playing offline.

We hope you enjoy the improvements to AI in patch 2.0.4 and wish you the best of luck against the AI!

Actually, it is untrue that you cannot earn achievements while playing offline.

I'm 100% sure you can. I've tested it before and after the patch. For example I've earned the Fast Expand achievement, just 5 minutes ago on this account in an offline game as explained in this thread. You can earn achievements when playing in offline games. Try it yourself.

Clearly, B.net still tracks your offline games to reward achievements. Therefore, the option to make an offline game is redundant and should be removed.

All games with 1 human player should automatically be offline, and all games with more than 1 player can only be online. There is no reason why there needs to be an option, because it should always, in every case, be automatic.
Edited by Symplectic on 2/22/2013 8:10 AM PST
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But does this mean there is no "Guest Mode" anymore?
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