Diablo 3 PvP Removed?
At lot of players have been wondering whether or not Diablo 3 has PvP and if it has been removed. The truth is that Diablo 3 does not have PvP but will have PvP. What does this mean?
The developers decided that in order to implement and balance PvP, they needed at least a few more months of development time. Rather than delay the release of Diablo 3, they would rather ship the game with PvP rather than delaying the game’s release and shipping it with PvP at a later date.
There are a few reasons why PvP was removed for Diablo 3. The first was that the game was already ready to be released except for PvP, so literally the only thing holding back the game’s release was the implementation of PvP. This felt like a waste especially considering some players will never even PvP and it will take players a few months to hit level 60 and enter PvP as it is.
Additionally, the developers had to consider the launch schedule of other Blizzard games. Diablo 3 had been delayed for a long time as it is – it was supposed to come out in the winter of 2011 but instead did not actually come out until May 15th, 2012. This was a big delay for a company which has a variety of popular titles that are widely played.
What I mean by this is that there is a World of Warcraft expansion (Mists of Pandaria) as well as a Starcraft 2 expansion (Heart of the Swarm) which both need to be released sometime soon. They do not want to release these games near each other as this will cannibalize sales of their popular titles.
Types of PvP in Diablo 3
At release, there is no PvP or even dueling function in Diablo 3. A lot of this has to do with the game world in which Diablo 3 exists – it is dynamic and quest based and things vary based on the quest you are on.
What I mean by this is in Diablo 2 if you had already beat the game and made a new game, you would be able to take out any of the bosses. In Diablo 3, you start the game at a specific quest, and continue the game from that point on. Quests are dynamic and games are co-op in nature. This means that PvP will not be allowed in regular games.
Instead, PvP will exist in arenas. These will be separate maps you PvP on and have specific rules, i.e. the first team to die loses. They are also looking to implement dueling arenas in the game as well when they implement arenas.