It appears Blizzard is still hashing out what they want to do with PvP mode in Diablo III, according to a recent update from the company. While Blizzard explains that their goal was to add formal support for the dueling community of Diablo II, Diablo III Team Deathmatch has been scrapped, despite being shown in playable form in the past “It falls short of our expectations for a high-quality Blizzard experience,” said Jay Wilson on the Diablo III blog.
“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,” continued Wilson. “Without more varied objectives, or very lucrative rewards, few saw our current iteration as something they’d want spend a lot of time in.”
However, spending development time on the mode might have pointed Blizzard in a better direction for PvP and they’ve indicated that Dueling will be added to the game “soon”.
“Team Deathmatch provided us with the foundation that we needed and served us well. Hell, it may even still be added in some form in the future. For now, though, 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.”
Blizzard did not say where they’ve shifted their focus to in Diablo III PvP.