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Diablo III won't be seeing Team Deathmatch PvP mode - "the game designed for PvE"

Friday, 28 December 2012

According to Diablo III (Buy it) official website, development team has ditched the idea for any future Team Deathmatch combat mode.  That means players won't be seeing any team based player versus player combat in the game, only duels, which are promised to be added.

Game director Jay Wilson explained that the game was firstly designed for PvE (Player versus environment) in mind, rather than PvP (player versus player). Thus Diablo III is really not balanced for PvP style combat, especially due character class designs. Wilson also goes on explaining how they don't feel that Team Deathmatch would be any interesting event, but rather too superficial and repetitive.

Read Wilson's explanations for ditching Team Deathmatch mode below:

"[...] For us it comes to a few issues, one of which is depth. Simply fighting each other with no other objectives or choices to make gets old relatively quickly. We've brought a lot of people in to try out Team Deathmatch and, while some found it entertaining, 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. 

Another is class balance. Like Diablo II, Diablo III was designed to be a PvE-first kind of game, where we never compromised on player abilities in the name of future PvP balance. We want to be able to carry over as many of the crazy runes, items, and skills as possible, with their crazy effects, and alter them as little as possible. In a casual PvP mode, something equivalent to a WoW Battleground, this would be fine, but Team Deathmatch felt very hardcore, and it put a laser focus on class balance in a way that we didn’t think would be good for the game as a whole."

It sounds bit like the development team is making poor excuses here, probably for failing to make PvP system totally working in the first place, and now they want to ditch the future development of it. Perhaps the game was made PvE in mind in the first place, which is where they probably went wrong since the beginning, and now they feel it's too massive job to balance the system so that both PvP and PvE combat would be rock solid. Way to go Blizzard!

Duel mode is scheduled to be released in Patch 1.0.7, and new replacement for Team Deathmatch will be in the planning stage, to be released as a free addon in future. Ditching Team Deathmatch has raised controversy among Diablo III fan base.

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