Blizzard is “counting down the days” until they announce the release date of Diablo III.  To ensure the game doesn’t take any longer to hit the shelves, they have decided to drop PvP from the retail release.  Instead, the PVP aspect of the game will be added in as a patch at a later date.  While this isn’t the first time Blizzard has had to change their initial plans (see: StarCraft II), it is good news for those of us looking forward to the single player and co-op parts of the game.  PvP is being worked on, but the developer is not pleased with the current state of the content. As is the Blizzard way, it’s not getting released until the PvP meets the high standards that the developer has always strived to meet.

After a lot of consideration and discussion, we ultimately felt that delaying the whole game purely for PvP would just be punishing to everyone who’s waiting to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content, all of which is just about complete.

I don’t suppose it’s out of the realm of possibility that a few of the 600 people being laid off could have made a bit of a difference in the progress of the PvP portion of the game. It does seem, though, to be more of the design aspects that are holding it up, not the actual programming.  We are close to finally playing the Diablo III release version (soon is relative), which is very exciting!  But what was a surprise about this story were reactions from the community.  Let us spend a little time looking at some of the best comments left by the fans, in their unedited glory.

 

Shakenjake:  Just announce a date Blizzbro’s! I feel bad for kids that have had to wait for this, grew up, and now their kids are waiting :_(. Curse you Blizzard! Super psyched for the game though, see y’all outside Best Buy 2 days before release!

Charlie: Counting down the days to announce the release date…? REALLY? What do we look like? This is BULL****!!!! Eat **** blizzard! Oh and for the record you can shove Diablo 3 up your *** I’m not buying it cuz this is stupid… And theirs that famous word again ”soon” if we keep listening to your crappy promises Diablo 3 might be released before the world ends..

 rRashinToast: I WANNA PK PEOPLE, NO PVP? I HAVE LOST ALL FAITH IN BLIZZARD, AND DIABLO… !@#$ THIS SITE, %^-* THIS GAME, IM GOING TO GO PIRATE DIABLO 2, AND PK THE !@#$ OUT OF THE FIRST PERSON I SEE. THEN AFTER I QUIT, IM GOING TO GO PLAY ULTIMA ONLINE, CUS ITS 1000 TIMES BETTER THAN DIABLO 3. THNX A LOT BLIZZARD FOR BEING THE BIGGEST WASTE OF ENERGY GAME DEVELOPERS EVER. (MORONS).

 bluewolf: ”Jay Wilson is the inventor of disappointment. He once crushed the hopes of millions of people within the span of a few milliseconds”.

wolfpack: pvp will be on it just not ween it not ween u have the game i it wont the game to play i cant hold off pvp y i build mt toon 2 lv 60 and fram gear and see all the paly that not 1-1 1-2 is going to be nice

OrbitalBoy: Hey ‘wolfpack’ is that Protoss that you’re speaking, or are you on some crazy !@# experimental shiznickles?!

And there you have it, Blizzard fan rage never gets old.  There are a metric ton of fans supporting the choice that the legendary developer is making here, but that isn’t nearly as entertaining as looking at some of the… less stable posts.  Expect a release date from Blizzard soon­™.

via [Blizzard]