Blizzard Goes Full Steam Ahead on Diablo III PvP

With Diablo III's big 1.0.4 patch bringing legendary item improvements and the paragon leveling system out of the way, the team has finally shifted all focus towards the highly anticipated PvP patch.

When the company announced the game would launch without a PvP system in place, it left gamers pondering when they would be able to duke it out in the arena. Now, four months after its release many Diablo III players have grown impatient and abandoned ship.

Although the recent patch brought a long plenty of incentive to get back into the game, many are still waiting on the elusive PvP patch. Some fans did notice a hidden addition to the recent patch that may provide a glimmer of hope.

Along with the updated client came an updated launcher, now with a "Download Public Test" button. Initially inactive, the button was activated yesterday, though no test is available for download just yet. It may be a stretch, but one could assume Blizzard is preparing itself for a large public test for an upcoming patch.

A dev from the team had this to say on a recent forum post:

We’re going full steam ahead on the PvP patch, which will also include a number of game changes unrelated to PvP, and we look forward to sharing more about that as we get closer to opening up a PTR, where you’ll be able to test out our changes -- and enjoy mercilessly slaughtering one another in the PvP arena.

If the team is really going all out, and the public test button activation was no mistake, we may finally get to test out some PvP in the coming weeks. Has the 1.0.4 patch sucked you back into the Sanctuary? Or are you waiting for the PvP patch to get back into the game?

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Tuan Mai
Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • memadmax
    Nah, thats ok, I'll pass the diablo nightmare for now...
  • aznguy0028
    I'm already doing my pvp on GW2, never looking back to D3.
  • aggroboy
    Blizzard Goes Full Steam Ahead on Diablo III PvP
    I thought they are adding STEAM service to D3
  • bak0n
    Sweet. I can't wait to pvp on a follow this path and don't vary because you can't map.
  • feindre
    Full steam ahead four months late. Does anyone care?
  • farka
    Already acddicted to GW2, D3? Dun think will login back into it...
  • schnitter
    I may have gotten to Inferno in that game, but I still did not pass the Nightmare that game is. Get it?
  • bllue
    Torchlight 2
  • atikkur
    aggroboyBlizzard Goes Full Steam Ahead on Diablo III PvP. I thought they are adding STEAM service to D3
    me too..
  • Chairman Ray
    For some reason I thought D3 was gonna be on Steam. Good thing I read the rest of the title before my brain crapped out from confusion.