It's taken a while for Blizzard to come out and say it, but here we go: Diablo III's Team Deatmatch will not be happening as originally intended. According to game director Jay Wilson, "... most of our testers didn't feel like it was something they'd want to do beyond a few hours. Without more varied objectives, or very lucrative rewards, few saw our current iteration as something they'd want spend a lot of time in."
As such, the company "will be shelving it for now and exploring other options." Wilson explains that the team is "going back to the drawing board on a new replacement" for the mode, which will be free when released. Continuing, he says: "... we're going to first be looking at new modes that play up to the strengths of the character classes, focus on objectives beyond just defeating other players, and possibly even integrate PvE elements and rewards."
While that specific PvP mode is out, Diablo III players can expect to get dueling with the arrival of patch 1.0.7, due out next year. Blizzard will have specifics about the new feature soon.
|8:00 PM on 05.16.2013|
Diablo III uses the PlayStation 4 touchpad for inventory
In this video, Blizzard describes the work that's been gone into tweaking Diablo III for console gamers. In a strange turn of events, I feel as if every new detail we hear about the reworked title for PlayStation 3 and PS4 s...more
|1:30 PM on 05.16.2013|
Diablo III celebrates its one-year anniversary
Well, it's been a series of ups and downs (that could have all been avoided if the Auction House was taken down), but Diablo III is now one year old. To celebrate, Blizzard is adding 25 percent extra Magic Find and experience...more
|1:00 PM on 05.13.2013|
Diablo III auction houses return following gold exploit
Rounding out coverage of the gold-duplicating bug found in Diablo III last week, Blizzard has taken the game's auction houses back online following a fix for the exploit. Some players called for a full server rollback, but ul...more
|6:00 PM on 05.09.2013|
Diablo III auction house exploiters are being 'audited'
Let's take a quick jaunt through the recent timeline of this Diablo III "Gold-gate" crisis. First, patch 1.0.8 goes live, brought into the world as an innocent, doe-eyed update aimed at improving cooperative play. H...more
|2:00 PM on 05.08.2013|
Diablo III auction houses taken offline due to gold bug
Following the release of patch 1.0.8 for Diablo III, a bug that allowed players to duplicate gold through the auction house was discovered. And, naturally, some folks ran with the exploit. The auction houses were taken offlin...more
|7:30 AM on 05.08.2013|
Diablo III Patch 1.0.8 is now live, enhances co-op
As Blizzard outlined in the past, the new 1.0.8 update for Diablo III is multiplayer-centric, bringing enhancements like Magic and Gold find bonuses for having more players and notifications for Elite monster encounters. Ther...more
|3:30 PM on 04.29.2013|
Diablo III PS3 pre-orders include an exclusive item
Blizzard has opened up pre-orders for the PlayStation 3 version of Diablo III which is, rather strangely, starting to sound more and more like the Diablo I would've liked to have played nearly a year ago on PC and Mac. The pr...more
|2:15 PM on 04.03.2013|
Blizzard's plan for improving Diablo III's multiplayer
In a new blog post, Blizzard runs down a list of additions and tweaks to Diablo III's multiplayer that will roll out in patch 1.0.8. Running through the list, there's matchmaking tags which are intended to alert others t...more
|4:15 PM on 03.28.2013|
Diablo III director says the Auction Houses 'really hurt'
At a GDC talk today, Jay Wilson, director behind Diablo III, mentioned that both of the Auction Houses "really hurt the games," reports Joystiq. According to Mr. Wilson, almost every single one of the players in Diablo III&nb...more
|12:00 PM on 03.24.2013|
PAX: Diablo III on consoles 'was not compromised'
As pretty much everyone knows by now, Diablo III is coming to the PS3 and PS4 -- so naturally, I had to get my hands on it at PAX East. As soon as I tried it on the PS3, I felt immediately comfortable...more
|10:00 PM on 05.20.2013|
Surviving The Last of Us won't be easy
I feel like we've been hearing a lot about The Last of Us lately, but that's far from a bad thing, as I'm finally starting to get a better idea of how it'll actually play. Here's more talk about the action-survival game, dir...more
|3:00 PM on 05.20.2013|
Jimquisition: Guns Blazing
Dark Souls 2 is all about going in, guns blazing, and hoping to God it works. Oh dear. Namco Bandai's PR chief recently shone a spectacular light on the broken mentality of "AAA" publishers, describing the promotion of ...more
|1:00 PM on 05.20.2013|
The odds are against you in Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel in the Arkham franchise, following a Batman who's more myth than legend at this point in his crime fighting career. This is a younger Bruce Wayne, more agile in combat yet still equipped w...more