Diablo 3 avoids new delay at expense of PVP combat

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We have an update on the status of Diablo III to bring you now, and it is fresh news from Blizzard that will probably be treated with a mixed reception. The developer has just confirmed that they will be excluding the anticipated PVP feature from the game, in order to avoid a fresh delay for fans who have been waiting a long time for the game to come out.

Before you start tearing your hair out, rest assured that PVP (player vs player) combat is coming to Diablo III in the near future, just not at launch. Lead designer for the game Jay Wilson has stated on the official boards that PVP games and systems are ‘not living up to our expectations’ at the moment and for that reason, this feature will now be implemented into the game via a patch after the game is out.

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Although it is disappointing that a feature originally designed for the game at launch will not be coming out, you can understand Blizzard’s reasoning for this as they don’t want PVP to be the sole reason for another delay to the game. Fans had already been expecting Diablo III to release during the first quarter of this year, but it has now been confirmed that the game will release in Q2 of 2012 instead.

On the plus side of things, Wilson has told fans that they can expect to see a ‘truly epic’ campaign mode and co-op experience at launch when the game finally releases, with both features nearing completion according to Blizzard.

What are your thoughts on the exclusion of PVP at launch? Is this a big issue for you, or are you not bothered about getting PVP in a future patch as long as the game doesn’t receive any more fresh delays?

Check out some footage from the beta below if you haven’t seen it.

  • Dynasty2201

    Released in Q2?  I’d put money on September then.

    While the lack of launch PVP is a blow, it’s hardly annoying.  Just get the damn game out, we’ve been waiting!