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TLDR; Want a timeline along with some clarifications on PvP design, mechanics and a rough ballpark release date from blizzard. Offering 200M once I get this answer.
EDIT* As this thread reaches its cap, my closing bump is here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7004446885?page=24#479 I hope a blue can give some clarification.. but if not, I won't be making a new thread. I am sure they have seen this by now and if the upper management and executives are binding their hands and 25 pages of people asking for pvp (as well as the countless other threads) isn't enough for them to give us some information, I'm just going to logout for good until they decide they are ready.
EDIT* I am updating the reward to 200M. Yes, dozens of hours of my own time to try to get the community some PvP clarification. If you want to add to this prize pool to try to motivate a response please contact me in game or this thread!
Aside from some hopefully concrete answers on PvP! I will pay 200M to make this thread visible with the help of the community. I have decided to give it to the last post before a blue response. This is based off the success and great idea from the OP of the duping thread.
My goal of this thread is simple, get a bit more transparency from blizzard as a company, most specifically about PvP plans. I am looking for any ballpark information and any possible sneak peaks, maybe a developer Q&A. Anything to make us feel like we are one community of players and a game development company.
PvP Is Highly Anticipated
Many players in the Diablo III community expected this at release, pre-ordered for it, and are highly anticipating a new dynamic to the game. I am not alone in wanting more info on PvP, it is whats keeping me motivated and playing. Taking a lot of will power to delay my gratification and not walk away from the game right now.
A lot of rumors are going around and I would like to see some of these cleared up via a blue post.
PvP Benefit: Natural introduction to promote build diversity, game play would become even more unique and exciting
Tunneling us into set gear for PvP like wow will completely kill one of my favorite things about Diablo III, the potential for complete build diversity. Please don't debate on build diversity as I understand right now it isn't perfect but it is getting better. I find myself running at last 3-5 different builds containing various items depending on the situation at hand as a demon hunter, I get that your mileage varies by class but those who choose to run a single build at all times are doing it more as a choice, not forced upon them for efficiency.
Here are a few of my builds for to fit the various types of gameplay:
Imagine how big that list would grow with the introduction of PvP and building to promote synergy with other players. Right now we use skills mostly to benefit solo play. We would have to learn more about other classes and I think this would have a positive impact.
I for one am not looking for perfectly balanced PvP, I'm okay with just laughing while some freakish build comes in and destroys me. I will also love doing the same on occasion to others. Learning how to beat certain builds and setups will be absolutely awesome. Testing builds, trying different team compositions and synergy with players.. it will add so much dimension to this game that no amount of affixes or PvE encounter can provide while giving players something to be excited about.
PvP Benefit: Positive Community Stimulation
Sadly there is not much of a community to Diablo III, it is mostly efficient to play alone. I am working on a website to try to help this as we speak, not sure an ETA yet but I am trying to do my part to stimulate and create a social aspect to the game to make sure it prospers. That said, releasing PvP will give players a reason to make friends, get on Skype/Vent/Etc and plan strategies out, laugh, etc.
While we are here, what kind of game modes or overall PvP style does the community anticipate, or suggest would be fun?
Now I can only imagine if based on the implementation of PvP what kind of additional builds will come into play as the details and suggestions for PvP based encounters come into play. Here are just a few speculations and ideas for match types.
Here are a few ideas I have. Also I think that for every game type, there should be two different modes, Unlimited Stats mode, where your gear matters and a Limited Stats mode, where all your stats are set to a predetermined and "balanced" amount for pure skill based game play. This means players that want to test their hard work and farming are able to see how they match against like minded players, while not making it a completely unfun experience for someone still working on a alts gear, or for players who prefer to be in a more balanced setup.
I would love to hear about any build ideas you guys have!
If any blizzard community managers reads this, that is anticipating and just as excited about PvP as many of the players. Keep this in mind if you are not getting the feedback or information from upper management on this topic. Use this for ammunition: Releasing PvP will be a CASH COW. Going to see tons of new builds and setups that will cause people to need to re-gear for PvP. It will make more items viable, and give a good boost in the AH and more importantly from a company and share holder perspective the RMAH. As details are released, assuming they fall in alignment with the anticipation of the players, you will see these happening before it is even released. People re-rolling there favorite class for their favorite PvP mode, re-gearing for their theorycrafted builds. Finding team mates for when arena comes out. People are going to get excited.
Edited by Potentiality#1530 on 11/26/2012 7:42 AM PST
really nice man, look you put some work on it.
ill just give you 2 ideas i have:
1- the issue that barbs and monks recive 30% less damage than the other classes, and how you think this will affect pvp?
2- a skill game, when you are giving all the SAME GEAR, and u have to select your skills and try to kill the other players.
1vs1, 2vs2 and 4vs4 Last Man Standing - Unlimited
i think ill go for this 1.
their has not been any info on pvp since before the last patch and what we did get was just vague i think they will waait till ex-pac prob figure with all the bad publicity and 3/10 ratings they got fromvanilla they will get the sales this way-oh ya-bump
Just hope for basics such as 1v1, ffa (like pub games in d2, come and go), 2v2, 3v3. Anything additional would be nice but lets hope they dont fail on basics.
I'm not expecting balance, D2 pvp wasn't balanced and was a lot fun (players balanced it themself by rules, different leagues with different rules).
In addition pvp will just fail if the chat&social keeps to be that horrible as now, with random matchmaking.... alot work to make a proper multiplayer/pvp to D3 and i hornestly doubt that blizz will do it, propably we'll just get a mindless random matchmaking 4v4 only arena, would perfectly fit with the current disaster. Oh well, we'll see.
Glad to see the bumps and lots of people bringing up good points!
Not confirmed, I am simply going off the youtube video of the arena games they had.
Edited by Potentiality#1530 on 11/10/2012 7:45 PM PST
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