Comments from what seemed like a lifetime ago, from ex-Diablo III man Jay Wilson
, promised PvP for Diablo III pretty early in the product's life. In fact, from the horse's mouth it was to be, he projected, that "[Blizzard] want to get it out within months after release. I would say, if it showed up close to the end of the year, that would be... I would say, almost a disaster".
So we all know how that turned out, but this isn't about tapping into ghosts of the past, but rather the studio is at a loss as to how to bring anything but dungeon-crawling additions to the game, citing issues with balance and fun as the main reasons for the lack of any PvP just yet, but that it's an ongoing battle to find a way to include this long lost addition.
I recently sat down with lead level designer Matthew Berger though, to talk about the next-gen release of Reaper of Souls on console and offered my own spin on their lacking feature in that it might be time to change its focus from PvP to a PvE dealie.
"I thought of a way that you guys could actually combat the lack of PvP," I say to Berger. "And that is... you’ve got Adventure mode, and you’ve got the Nephalem stuff -- which is all really cool -- but they’re still dungeon-crawling, which is the heart of the game. But some people want that small arena challenge. Why not do a PvE horde mode?"
"I’m going to tell you why," Berger responds, without missing a beat. "I’m going to go completely off script (and the PR guy is looking at me like he’s going to throw stuff at me). I’m not going to say that we haven’t thought about it -- it is a very natural inclination -- but doing that is not easy, and the reason it’s not easy is not because of getting it in and getting it fun -- that’s probably doable -- it’s getting it in, and getting it fun, and getting it done to the level of satisfaction and polish that we expect of ourselves at Blizzard, is a completely new endeavour."
There's more to this in our lengthy chat with Berger where we also touch on console and PC differentiation, finishing RoS on PC before PS4 (or next-gen) and much more.
Click here for our Diablo III: Reaper of Souls console developer interview