This is terrible terrible news. Especially for a certain Mr. Adam Dodd, who has been waiting seemingly half of his life for Diablo 3. Via a POST on the official Diablo site, the PvP will not be released with the game. Instead it will be later released in a patch. Yes for some this is the end of the world. But others will realize it’s all for the better.
They’ve stated that they didn’t want to hold back everyone from the campaign and the solo/co-op content since that it practically done. The didn’t feel the multiplayer was up to snuff just yet. Cheers to them for not releasing it incomplete. Past the break for a bit on the multiplayer. “When the PvP patch is ultimately ready, it will add multiple Arena maps with themed locations and layouts, PvP-centric achievements, and a matchmaking system that will help you and your team get into fairly matched games quickly and easily. We’ll also be adding a personal progression system that will reward you for successfully bashing in the other team’s skulls.
We know a lot of you are looking forward to PvP, and we’ll be focusing our post-launch efforts on making sure the Arenas are as brutal, bloody, fast-paced, and awesome as we know they can be. In the meantime, we’re in the process of putting the finishing touches on what we think is a truly epic campaign and co-op experience for launch.”