Blizzard Details Long-Awaited PvP Patch for Diablo 3

Blizzard has posted some fresh details about the long-awaited patch 1.0.7 for Diablo 3, also known as the game’s PvP patch, on the game’s official blog.

It’s set to add player-versus-player battles into the game, a feature which had been promised since the game’s release last year. The feature, which had been delayed for unforeseen reasons, is finally coming out—but not before it undergoes thorough testing on the PTR test server.

Here’s what’s in store:

 As Jay discussed in his PvP update, patch 1.0.7 will introduce dueling, allowing players to test their mettle against fellow Nephalem. Here’s a quick rundown of how dueling will work in Diablo III as well as some insight into our design philosophy for the system.

How it works

  • To duel another player, you’ll need to speak with Nek the Brawler at the inn in New Tristram
  • Speaking with Nek will take you and your party to the Scorched Chapel, a new zone designed specifically for player combat
  • This zone has custom geometry and features four different areas: the church, the graveyard, the river, and the lake
  • Dueling currently supports up to four players in a Free-For-All format, which means you can battle your friends either one-on-one, three-player FFA, or a full four-player FFA
  • Our intent is to provide players a safe, opt-in location where they can fight one another for bragging rights (or maybe science) without the potential for griefing as it existed in Diablo II.

Our intent is to provide players a safe, opt-in location where they can fight one another for bragging rights (or maybe science) without the potential for griefing as it existed in Diablo II.

The game doesn’t keep score and there are no objectives. We wanted dueling to be as simple and straightforward as possible, so we created a minimalist system — we know that even without rewards and objectives, some players just want to beat each other up. Some matchups may be one-sided, and we don’t expect that battles will be necessarily balanced. But that’s okay, because dueling in Diablo III is more about kicking ass and taking names in a no-holds-barred sort of way, and this design certainly allows you to accomplish that.

Additional Info:

  • If you die in the dueling world, you will be resurrected in the dueling zone
  • Death is not permanent in the dueling zone, even for Hardcore characters
  • You don’t take any durability damage while in the dueling zone
  • When you’re done dueling you can take a portal out or use your Town Portal to return to town.
In the meantime, you can always just play Torchlight 2, which compares very favorably to Blizzard’s juggernaut.

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3 Comments on Blizzard Details Long-Awaited PvP Patch for Diablo 3

Waffler

On January 13, 2013 at 5:55 am

I don’t think there is anything that Blizzard can do that would make me want to log back into Diablo 3. I will just play Torchlight 2.

max

On January 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

path of exile open beta is out VERY soon, may torchlight 2 n d3 rest in peace for ever.

Ian Miles Cheong

On January 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I’m okay with this. I’ve been meaning to get back into Diablo 3.