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Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved

The Diablo III Website has the promised status report on PvP in Diablo III. Word is the team deathmatch mode, which was deemed not ready to meet the launch date for the action/RPG sequel, is deemed still not ready for release. Jay Wilson explains Blizzard is "shelving" Team Deathmatch, citing a lack of depth to the experience and an unwillingness to balance classes to the extent required by such a mode. This is not preventing the addition of simple dueling in a version 1.07 patch promised for sometime after the new year, and he says they will continue to work the problem of what to offer in lieu of Team Deathmatch. Here's a bit:

So, our core problem is that our Team Deathmatch mode doesn't feel like a great addition to Diablo III. It's not up to the quality that Blizzard gamers expect or that we feel you deserve, and it doesn't really fit with our goals for the rest of the game. The question now is what are we going to do about it?

First and foremost, if our original goal was to support dueling, then we're not achieving that goal very well if we donít actually give players a way to duel in-game. Youíve been asking us for dueling for a while, so we're going to add it to the game soon. Dueling is currently scheduled to release with patch 1.0.7, which is set to hit sometime after the new year. (We'll be providing details about that feature very soon, so stay tuned.)

But as I mentioned before, we are going back to the drawing board on a new replacement for Team Deathmatch, something that feels more appropriate for Diablo III. And as we stated previously, regardless of when we release it, it'll be a free addition to the game. Team Deathmatch provided us with the foundation that we needed and served us well. Hell, it may even still be added in some form in the future. For now, though, we're going to first be looking at new modes that play up to the strengths of the character classes, focus on objectives beyond just defeating other players, and possibly even integrate PvE elements and rewards.

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37. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 31, 2012, 17:14 Dades
 
descender wrote on Dec 31, 2012, 12:45:
Unlike you, they don't seem to need to go on and on and on and on and on.... about diablo 3.

Actually they did until the game out.

You didn't like it. We know. Get over it. So Diablo 3 was not a great game, and not one that will be played for years like Diablo 2 was... Oh well... better luck next time. Is that the end of the world to you? Get a grip.

It's a game, not a woman, I don't need to get over anything. I can see it come up in the news and take 30 seconds to post a comment about it, I have the power to do that and keep doing other stuff with my life, amazing I know. Glad you're such a fan of my posts, many more to come.

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36. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 31, 2012, 12:45 descender
 
I like how the two morons who were always defending this piece of crap are nowhere to be found now.

Unlike you, they don't seem to need to go on and on and on and on and on.... about diablo 3.

You didn't like it. We know. Get over it.

Anyone who hasn't gotten their $60 worth of entertainment out of this title by now has done so by choice. They have probably also moved on to other games, which is the natural progression of things.

So Diablo 3 was not a great game, and not one that will be played for years like Diablo 2 was... Oh well... better luck next time. Is that the end of the world to you? Get a grip.

I've got news for ya... 2 wasn't this epicly amazing game everyone seems to think it was... and it took years of patching and a full expansion to "get it right". Expecting that insanely refined experience out of the box from D3 was pretty damn childish of you. D3 plays way better now than it did at launch, and continues to do so with every patch.

I can guarantee one thing, no matter how many times you post that you hated the game on this message board... you won't stop a single person from playing it at this point.

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35. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 30, 2012, 00:55 Flatline
 
Armengar wrote on Dec 29, 2012, 10:06:
Steam sale has stocked me up for a few more months and I was gifted SH4 + uboat and SH5 (which I avoided being a UBI game with silly DRM). SH effectively wipes out months of my free time so I don't see D3 getting a look in anymore.

I didn't care for SH5 actually. Too arcade-like.

SH4 though... pick up Trigger Maru Overhaul (I didn't like the run silent run deep campaign which essentially emptied the ocean of enemy shipping and set it to something historical) and prepare to have your nuts rocked.

One of the most intense sessions I've ever played in a video game was running a 12 hour chase through black squalls and near hurricane force winds to get a firing solution on a massive Japanese convoy that contained "top military officials- A once in a lifetime chance- good luck!".

I couldn't quite get ahead of them, even running all ahead flank, so eventually, under the cover of darkness I slanted in and conducted a running surface battle with the convoy, and then spent the next three hours slinking away underwater trying to avoid depth charges.

Epic. Utterly epic.
 
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34. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 29, 2012, 10:06 Armengar
 
Well I defended D3 and i'm still around. I'm certainly not a moron either. I have always said D3 was fun for me and well worth the money I paid. Ive been playing natural selection 2 for the previous month and a bit though so have rarely picked up D3.

I do look into the AH occasionally to look for bargains but only play maybe 20-30 mins per session as most of my friends have moved on to other things (or back to TF2). Steam sale has stocked me up for a few more months and I was gifted SH4 + uboat and SH5 (which I avoided being a UBI game with silly DRM). SH effectively wipes out months of my free time so I don't see D3 getting a look in anymore.

PvP interests me not one iota. It will be who pays most wins. I see no tactical play at all. whoever lands the first crit will probably win. I suspect WD will rule them all as they can get STUPID SILLY spot damages with certain builds. Coupled with guaranteed "second life" passives they shouldn't lose.
 
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33. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 23:20 Creston
 
Dades wrote on Dec 28, 2012, 18:10:
PVP still isn't ready but they made sure the RMAH got up nice and fast. I like how the two morons who were always defending this piece of crap are nowhere to be found now.

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Krovven's too busy grinding his Paragon levels to post here anymore.

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32. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 20:02 Antdude
 
MattyC wrote on Dec 28, 2012, 00:23:
I thought Cataclysm was terrible and D3 was just ok and clearly released too soon, but otherwise? One of the better PC game makers in my book.

Amazing that after more than 10 years in development, the general opinion is still that D3 was released too soon.

 
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31. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 18:10 Dades
 
PVP still isn't ready but they made sure the RMAH got up nice and fast. I like how the two morons who were always defending this piece of crap are nowhere to be found now.

- DADES - This is a signature of my name, enjoy!
 
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30. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 13:36 Tanto Edge
 
Hooray!

In other news, I patched my Dungeons and Dragons game so critical fails and critical successes are now simply miss and max damage.

...what, nobody here plays my DnD game either, eh?
 
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29. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 13:11 Creston
 
PropheT wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 22:49:
There's better games to do that sort of thing and the time they spend on it is better spent improving or creating content for the PvE portion of Diablo 3.

What are you talking about? They've created tons of new content for Diablo 3. There are ONE HUNDRED PARAGON LEVELS OF CONTENT FOR YOU TO UNLOCK!!!!!

:-seriousface-:

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28. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 12:59 Smellfinger
 
Primalchrome wrote on Dec 28, 2012, 11:20:
Wait...people are still playing D3? Why?

Boredom, desperation, justification for the $60 they wasted, naive hope that things will improve, lack of dignity, etc.
 
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27. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 12:42 Axis
 
Well we're not far off from PoE open, and we will all soon see the overwhelming success I've predicted among the haters...

PoE is only arpg that will have longevity compared to any arpg since d2. Tag it, copy paste it, live it...
 
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26. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 11:20 Primalchrome
 
Wait...people are still playing D3? Why?  
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25. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 10:58 Wallshadows
 
PvP won't work well in D3 either.

The reason why this is is because they're trying to balance each class like they would in an MMO rather than take heat for having each class have a distinct skill advantage over the others like in D2.

Now it'll likely boil down to who can stack the most +crit damage +crit % and see who can crit first.

I guess we'll be seeing D3 balance patch notes on her as frequent as those from WoW.
 
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24. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 10:19 InBlack
 
So they decided to give us X swords? Oh thank you very fucking much Jay Wilson for including a feature that was present since the beginning of Diablo and Bnet play experience but for some strangely unexplained reason was missing in D3 at launch. No really! Thanks a lot man!  
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23. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 09:44 xXBatmanXx
 
I really enjoy D3 - but have moved on.....  
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22. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 09:42 FloorPie
 
Wallshadows wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 21:42:
Finally bought Torchlight 2 and am in the process of making a Cannoneer.

It's a really good game and you would never guess it's only $15. The problem is that Diablo 3 has left me with such a sour taste in my mouth towards this particular genre and I don't feel as though I can get the most out of it for the time being.

This is one reason I've not bought TL2 yet. I liked the first one enough but after foolishly buying D3 (after I said I wouldn't but peer pressure and the "demo" got me) I'm just not into action rpgs right now.
 
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21. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 09:30 Eirikrautha
 
Blue hit it exactly in the lead-in up top. Golfclap They can't manage the class balance enough to make it work. Since they still prioritize the RMAH, they have to keep the grind, which means overpowered effects (otherwise everyone would get slaughtered). Overpowered effects means little class balance. So when they had to choose between the RMAH and class balance... they shelved PvP in favor of the RMAH.

Screw creating good games; we need to create effective income streams!
 
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20. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 06:32 Fibrocyte
 
RaZ0r! wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 21:18:
Hi I'm Blizzard! I kicked ass from 1994-2003. I crapped out games more polished than diamonds and more fun than girls. Then I made World of Warcraft, it was awesome too at first. After launch, everyone left to make new companies. That left me with no one that knew how to keep making games or expansions that were fun. But it's names like Blizzard that make fun games, not people. I'll show you all when I release Diablo III PvP that Blizzard still kicks ass! Well when it's ready.

Meh... 6/10. You bashed too hard on WoW. It still rakes in more cash in 10 minutes than you will make in your entire life.

WoW did not start sucking after 2003 - it started sucking around the time of the merger w/ Activision.
 
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19. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 03:32 El Pit
 
Blizz-who? Diab-what? *shrug* *moveson*  
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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18. Re: Diablo III PvP Nears; Team Deathmatch Shelved Dec 28, 2012, 03:17 ShakaUVM
 
Dear Blizzard:

Who cares?

Sincerely,
ShakaUVM
 
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