Diablo III dueling mode to be called brawling

Diablo III fans have been waiting, and waiting, for Blizzard to finally offer up a PvP mode for the action-RPG game. In December, Blizzard announced that there would be no Team Deathmatch mode for the game, but development of the dueling mode has continued.

Earlier this month, Blizzard released a new patch on its test server that finally adds the dueling mode to Diablo III, which allows two to four players to battle it out online. However, this week Blizzard said that in viewing the results of the test build, they have decided to rename dueling to brawling.

Why? Blizzard states:

Sure, it allows players to pummel, stomp, immolate, and hex fellow Nephalem (over and over again, if they so choose), but it's not a traditional one-on-one duel. It’s something much more wild and open-ended, where you can engage in 3-person and even 4-person free-for-all skirmishes with few restrictions. The system is all about letting players fight for the sake of fighting—you don’t need to worry about objectives, rewards, or scoring, and that’s exactly what we love about it. But again, that’s not really dueling; it’s brawling!

There's no word on when the "brawling" PvP patch will be released to the public.

Source: Blizzard | Image via Blizzard

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The Laughing Man said,
Not sure what was more of a waste, Brink or Diablo 3....

LOL My son and I had the exact same comment a couple months ago. Ironically and unfortunately these were the only two games in recent years that I pre-ordered (and spent too much $ on).

Two steaming piles of overhyped crap.

It's a joke that PVP still hasn't been released.
With the Real Money Auction House, I wouldn't be surprised to see PVP end up being a "Brawl" where whoever spent the most real money wins.
Lame.
Not to mention the server issues (especially for single player), don't even get me started...

i havnt reinstalled or bothered with diablo 3 in some time, had such a shaky start with it as it was and the allways online and patch teusday **** really ****es me off, waste of 60$ for me

Sweet! I can't wait until this comes out and I can dust off my characters! Personally I had a lot of fun playing Diablo 3 with my mates and I'm looking forward to playing more of it!

Doesn't matter what they call it. Doesn't change the fact that Blizzard LIED. They promised PVP would be a part of Diablo 3 -at launch-. Here we are, 9 months later, and PVP in any meaningful sense, has yet to make an appearance.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. I used to respect Blizzard quite a bit. But when they choose to release games based on a "target date" rather than "when it's done" (like they used to), you end up with the failures such as Diablo 3.

I played it, got to level 60, got bored. Uninstalled. I reached 60 within a week, whereas Diablo 2, I played for MONTHS before hitting max level. And the game was still fun at max level, unlike Diablo 3.

"When it's done", right?

I agree.

This isn't the same Blizzard we all grew up with; I wish more people realized this. The old Blizzard is dead, as sad as that is, and has been for a long time. The sooner people realize this, the sooner Blizzard might finally turn around and realize their fanbase is dwindling. Sadly, with the amount of kids in today's market, I don't think that will be happening, which is very unfortunate.

I'm not even talking about the atrocity that Diablo 3 is either; that's a whole 'nother story. (Blizzard North, I miss you!)

DAOWAce said,
"When it's done", right?

I agree.

This isn't the same Blizzard we all grew up with; I wish more people realized this. The old Blizzard is dead, as sad as that is, and has been for a long time. The sooner people realize this, the sooner Blizzard might finally turn around and realize their fanbase is dwindling. Sadly, with the amount of kids in today's market, I don't think that will be happening, which is very unfortunate.

I'm not even talking about the atrocity that Diablo 3 is either; that's a whole 'nother story. (Blizzard North, I miss you!)

THAT blizzard went on to form mostly the developers behind Torchlight.

I have Torchlight and Torchlight II and like them very much, though lately I've been really enjoying Path of Exile. To me they are all more like Diablo than Diablo 3 is.