Blizzard: No PvP At Diablo III Launch

Brad Chacos

Remember when we thought that Diablo III was going to launch in 2011? Ah, those were the days. But Blizzard put a halt to that rumor train soon after the launch of D3's closed beta test, pushing the game back to Q2 2012 to avoid releasing a game that was "almost ready." They apparently don't want to release "almost ready" components of the game, either: Blizzard recently said that Diablo III won't include PvP when it launches.

Game director Jay Wilson dropped the bomb on the Battle.net website : As we’re counting down the days until we’re ready to announce a release date for Diablo III, we’ve come to realize that the PvP game and systems aren’t yet living up to our standards. Today, we wanted to let you know that we’ve made the difficult decision to hold back the PvP Arena system and release it in a patch following the game’s launch. 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 .

On the positive side, Wilson promises that PvP will include new achievements, maps, a "personal progression system" and a matchmaking system -- when it gets around to launching, that is.

While the PvP setback is a bit disheartening, I for one appreciate that Blizzard has high quality standards and plans on releasing the majority of the game rather than delaying the super-hyped title even further. (Although an official release date would be even better.) What do you think about Diablo III's PvP delay?

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