Diablo 3 Gets PvP Post Launch

The game will ship sans PvP, but you'll eventually get it as a download after release.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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When Diablo 3 ships to retail shelves in Quarter 2 of this year (hopefully), it won't come stocked with a PvP combat element. That will be incorporated into the title at a later date courtesy of a post-launch patch. 

In a blog post, Diablo 3 game director Jay Wilson wrote, ""We wanted to let you know that we've made the difficult decision to hold back the PvP Arena system and release it in a patch following the game's launch.

"After a lot of consideration and discussion, we ultimately felt that delaying the whole game purely for PvP would just be punishing to everyone who's waiting to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content, all of which is just about complete."

Wilson continued on, however, stating that when PvP is ready it will add "multiple Arena maps with themed locations and layouts, PvP-centric achievements, and a matchmaking system, along with a 'personal progression system.'"

What say you, fans? Are you OK with this news because you just want Diablo 3 in your grubby little hands, or was PvP a major selling point for you and now you're slightly turned off from the game? Sound off in the comments below.