Blizzard clarify hardcore play-mode, if you are able to play both soft-core and hardcore with this same character.
I’ve played hundreds of hours of Hardcore Diablo II, and hundreds of hours of normal Diablo II.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten to know several other hardcore Hardcore players, if you know what I mean. Every single one of them plays a ton of normal in support of their Hardcore characters. So do I. I’m sure that it’s not a requirement, but I find it very important to spend 50% or more of my time learning all the tricks of the game in normal mode as a preparation for preserving my Hardcore character(s). Just learning about and knowing what near-death is like, and being very familiar with the bottom of the health globe is something that a serious Hardcore player will only do with normal characters.
Here is question from a battle.net user about downtime on b.net:
This is just crazy, I will not be able to play a single player game because the servers will be down for maintenance? When I did play WoW I would plan my off days around Tuesday (I think that was down day) but understood because it was an MMO, but for a single player variation this is just stupid.
Kaivax: At this point, we don’t know how much Diablo III will be taken offline during the weekly Battle.net maintenance period. The game itself will probably not need much actual maintenance, and like StarCraft II, could possibly only go offline for a short time each week.
Blizzard CM answer on the question:
Of course, when we patch the game (which will also be a rare thing), we will do so during a Battle.net maintenance window. With Diablo III we’re aiming for minimal downtime, and have a goal of taking the game down even less than StarCraft II. A few weeks after launch, we hope to get away from the weekly maintenance window all together, and go to perhaps a once-a-month planned, brief outage.