Diablo III Will Launch Without PvP Arenas, Says Blizzard
Blizzard has taken the hard decision of postponing the whole PVP system in Diablo 3, in favor of a timely release. The gaming giant has never made a move like this before, with most titles under its wing being postponed multiple times so developers could have enough time to finish all details. The announcement was made public by Jay Wilson, the lead gaming designer behind D3 and while most buyers could react negatively, there is a bright side of this story.
Instead of delaying the Diablo 3 release date, which is currently set for Q2 2012 ( some even say April ), Blizzard has chosen to slice one of the most interesting aspects of the game. Although the move is not permanent, the feature being added once it’s finished with the help of a patch, gamers all around are complaining to have waited long enough for the game to be launched. On the other hand, Blizzard has sacrificed a small portion of its reputation for this purpose exactly.
The PvP patch will come with various Arena maps that feature different layouts, PvP achievements, a personal progression system and of course, a state-of-the art matchmaking system. This extra-edge will also give devs enough time to make sure that arenas will be as challenging as they can be.
On the bright side, there are still tons of things to do even without PvP. Once Diablo 3 is released, players will be able to level up their characters and try various combinations and gears, before launching in the heat of battles. The single-player campaign was a delight in Diablo 2 and I am sure the upcoming sequel will not let us down either.
In the last part of the announcement the source states that Blizzard is currently adding the final touches to Diablo 3, so we should expect it soon.