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No Team Deathmatch for Diablo III, but Dueling Coming Soon

Though it's been half a year since Diablo III's launch, PvP, an almost expected staple of Diablo, has yet to make an appearance.

Diablo III director Jay Wilson took to the game's official blog to announce that the planned Team Deathmatch portion of PvP has been shelved. Wilson explained that after fleshing out the idea for Team Deathmatch that the development team didn't "feel the current mode is good enough."

He then went on to explain that Team Deathmatch had an issue with depth and class balance. Blizzard's play tester stated that though the mode was entertaining, without any objectives outside of pure fighting, Team Deathmatch became relatively boring after a few hours. And since Diablo III was, according to Wilson, designed to be a "PvE-first kind of game, where we never compromised on player abilities in the name of PvP balance", balance obviously became an issue. Wilson believes that the Team Deathmatch mode would benefit from a "laser focus on class balance" that would ultimately hurt the overall game.

As a result, Team Deathmatch is something that Blizzard probably won't be bringing back to the table. However, the development team is going back to the drawing table to rework out PvP.

In the meantime, Diablo III will finally be getting dueling. Wilson's post stated little about the particulars of dueling, outside of the fact that it's going to be launching with patch 1.0.7 and that it's slated to hit early 2013.

"We'll be providing details about that feature very soon," he writes. "So stay tuned."

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  • -Jackson
    Wait, people still play this game?
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  • cTs Corvette
    Blizzard's players stated that though the game was entertaining, without any objectives outside of farming, Diablo 3 became relatively boring after a few hours.

    Fixed.
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  • salgado18
    -JacksonWait, people still play this game?Looks like three or four are waiting for pvp, the rest doesn't care much anymore. /sarcasm
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  • bak0n
    I'm playing torchlight 2 right now with my wife. Got it for $10 from steam and I can LAN it.
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  • wildkitten
    PvE first kind of game where they don't sacrifice player abilities for the sake of PvP balance? Could Blizzard finally be learning from the mistakes made in WoW?
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  • steve360
    "...the Diablo 3 we have right now is the Diablo 3 we want."

    Jay Wilson interview at Spike Video Game Awards, Dec 2012.

    You couldn't have a better person to butcher a once revered gaming franchise.
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  • casualcolors
    By the time dueling comes out, we'll be able to say "only a year late".
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  • alidan
    im sorry, but i just dont understnad the point to pvp in games like this

    what is the reward?
    do you drop your loot?
    do you get massive xp?


    i just dont understand why people care so much about pvp when the game wasnt built with it from the ground up.
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  • Slomoshun
    alidanim sorry, but i just dont understnad the point to pvp in games like thiswhat is the reward? do you drop your loot?do you get massive xp?i just dont understand why people care so much about pvp when the game wasnt built with it from the ground up.
    If you didn't play D1 or D2 pvp then you wont really understand.

    When D3 was in development people were in a nostalgic trance, remembering over a decade back when they had a freaking blast pvping in Diablo 2. Mods and custom maps plus the chance of losing your gear when/if you get killed.

    The thrill of wondering around not knowing if someone was around the corner waiting to get the jump on you was great.

    That said, D3 will never be like that, there's no modding to fix the tons of errors Blizzard made and the AH ruined everything else.

    They've nerfed and pussified the game so much that it's essentially WoW on a PVE server wearing a 5 point safety harness. The game is a joke, but I did enjoy playing through it once, I had no desire to play a second time.

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  • sliem
    I got bored with D3 fast.
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