Blizzard axes Diablo III PvP to meet launch date

Blizzard has announced that it will be axing the player-versus-player (PvP) mode from its upcoming hack-and-slash game Diablo III in order to keep it on track for its intended launch date.

Blizzard has announced that it will be axing the player-versus-player (PvP) mode from its upcoming hack-and-slash game Diablo III in order to keep it on track for its intended launch date.

 
Jay Wilson, Game Director for Diablo III, said that the company realised the “the PvP game and systems aren't yet living up to our standards.” Blizzard will therefore delay the PvP Arena system and launch it as a patch some time after the game goes live.
 
Wilson said that the company decided it was better to launch the game without PvP than to delay the entire thing, which gamers have been eagerly awaiting for many years. He hoped that players would be consoled by the fact that the rest of the game has plenty to offer.
 
When PvP finally lands, likely several months after release, it will feature multiple Arena maps with themed locations and layouts, PvP achievements, and a matchmaking system. Blizzard said it wants to make its Arenas “brutal, bloody, fast-paced, and awesome.” It is a shame that after more than a decade in production it has to delay this feature in order to deliver on that aim.
 
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This announcement might also go a long way to explaining a comment made by a Blizzard community manager last month, where customers were warned to lower their expectations of the game. Wilson stepped in at the time and reassured everyone that the game was in tip top shape and players should have high expectations, but players are going to wonder if this was what Bashiok was referring to.
 
The fact that Blizzard chopped 600 jobs at the beginning of the month does not help the situation either. It promised that these losses won't affect game production, but it's hard for gamers not to join the dots between all these recent mess-ups at the company.
 
The removal of the PvP element of the game to meet the launch date plans suggests that the game's arrival is imminent. This adds some credibility behind the leaked release date of 17 April featured on Amazon.