Diablo III won't have PvP features at launch

As legions of Blizzard fans eagerly await the release of Diablo III, word has come that the fantasy action-RPG sequel won't have one of its most anticipated features available for the game's launch. In a new post on the game's official web site, Blizzard confirmed that Diablo III will be released without the promised player-vs-player features.

The game's director Jay Wilson stated that as development of Diablo III has progressed, the PvP features were not up to the teams's high standards yet. He added:

After a lot of consideration and discussion, we ultimately felt that delaying the whole game purely for PvP would just be punishing to everyone who’s waiting to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content, all of which is just about complete.

PvP will be added to Diablo III via a post release patch. Wilson stated that when it is ready, players will get access to a number of multiplayer arenas along with PvP specific achievements and matchmaking features.

Of course, Blizzard still has yet to give a specific release date for Diablo III itself. A few weeks ago, the company announced it would launch sometime in the second quarter of 2012.

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I really want to buy the game then I'm thinking that when I'm on the move, I wont be able to play which kinda sucks. So I still don't know what to do.
WWJD?

Wow, theres some unhappy people in here. I'm sure Blizzard are going to release a top draw game (par from the online single player BS). People get angry when games have bugs due to being released too fast, people get angry when games are released too slowly, people just get angry for getting angry. I'm sure you can all have some fun elsewhere while the game is in development.

I would imagine balancing something like this would take months if not a over a year. This is a good sign the game is pretty much gold.

Non-Active-Account said,
I would imagine balancing something like this would take months if not a over a year. This is a good sign the game is pretty much gold.

Wait ... let me get this straight. They delay the game, delay the game, remove features, do a full UI rebuild, then say promised features won't be there on shipping, and that means the game is "pretty much gold" ? LOL .... I thought it meant the bliz developers are screwing up more and more and STILL can't deliver on their promises. Yea, after them desstroying WoW over the years I will never buy another one of their games.

Kelxin said,

Wait ... let me get this straight. They delay the game, delay the game, remove features, do a full UI rebuild, then say promised features won't be there on shipping, and that means the game is "pretty much gold" ? LOL .... I thought it meant the bliz developers are screwing up more and more and STILL can't deliver on their promises. Yea, after them desstroying WoW over the years I will never buy another one of their games.


You're making the pandas sad.

Dont know any anyone thinks D3 should have a single player, the real value for their games is online. No debate on that.

As for the delay, idc, most ppl will be gearing up for the first couple months of the game.

Beyond Godlike said,
Dont know any anyone thinks D3 should have a single player, the real value for their games is online. No debate on that.

As for the delay, idc, most ppl will be gearing up for the first couple months of the game.

Is it safe to say by "single player" you mean "offline play"? Cause if this game didn't have it's single player story you could bet your bottoms I wouldn't be buying it. For me it's all about the story.

SOOPRcow said,

Is it safe to say by "single player" you mean "offline play"? Cause if this game didn't have it's single player story you could bet your bottoms I wouldn't be buying it. For me it's all about the story.


Exactly, the multi-player portion is gravy to me, going to play through the game on all characters single-player first.

Beyond Godlike said,
Dont know any anyone thinks D3 should have a single player, the real value for their games is online. No debate on that.

Wow ... *massive* debate on that. Many people play it single player ... think about why you don't hear those people? Because they're not playing it with others.

Kirkburn said,

Wow ... *massive* debate on that. Many people play it single player ... think about why you don't hear those people? Because they're not playing it with others.

Indeed. I'm one of those people. Hell, I can still blaze through the singleplayer enjoyably on D2. Sometimes, other people are just too frustrating to want to put up with.

I say this considering someone was actually able to get me to call them the C word that rhymes with "punt". Not exactly proud of that, but it's times like that I really just want to shut everything down and enjoy the actual game without any distractions.

I decided to skip this game long ago, even before the consolization of the game was their main target in the development (and hearing about the latest patch of the beta, only raised my need to skip the game instead of reversing it).

Pupik said,
before the consolization of the game was their main target in the development
Proof please. Everything they've said is that that's not true. Unless you're using 'consolization' as some kind of ridiculous pejorative.

DKAngel said,
they still making it that u have to be connected to gattle.net to play? if so ima have to pass
Yeah you have to connect to battle.net

DKAngel said,
they still making it that u have to be connected to gattle.net to play? if so ima have to pass

The game runs similar to an MMO, where your computer is working like a client and the gameplay events are managed by a server. That's the ultimate way to stop piracy.

DKAngel said,
they still making it that u have to be connected to gattle.net to play? if so ima have to pass

personally I think it is bull that they don't allow players to play offline.
first of all - why not? piracy? so in turn of preventing piracy you prevent users from playing THEIR game whenever they wish?

you know what grinds my gears.... ^^


auziez said,

personally I think it is bull that they don't allow players to play offline.
first of all - why not? piracy? so in turn of preventing piracy you prevent users from playing THEIR game whenever they wish?

you know what grinds my gears.... ^^


dont' think of this as an rpg. it's mmorpg without one of the ms so just morpg. it has to be online for that to work. Your request is like saying I paid for my WoW disk. it's MY game and I should be able to play it without being online.

Wonder if there's going to be any way to try it prior to purchasing. I know most of my friends are going to buy, but I don't think I can justify dropping $60 on a game I'm not sure I'll like.