It’s not exactly a shock at this point, but Jay Wilson used his Twitter to announce that we’re not going to get PvP in Diablo 3 this year, and that we might not even get that blog update about it.
We are not likely to post a PVP update until the end of the month. Note: that is not a promise. That’s all I’ll say about that. –JayWilson
GG Jay. “Almost a Disaster” –Will_Crets
This is why we don’t like to give dates. When you put quality before deadlines sometimes you’re estimates are wrong. –JayWilson
Let’s review the recent timeline. On November 27th Jay said we’d see the PvP blog “very soon.” A week later on December 4th he said complications had arisen and it wouldn’t be so soon. Now it’s a week later and we get this final word.
People like to bash Jay since he’s the public face of the game, but from his comments it seems clear that the delay is out of his hands. Read between the lines of his Tweets back in early December. “Some complications have risen and forced a delay …I think some players don’t understand the challenges of our job and what we face day to day…” If you read that and think, “Jay sucks and this is his fault!” I suggest that you’ve never worked with or in any kind of large corporation and have no idea of how complicated things can be.
Staracraft 2 was delayed shortly before the planned launch, rumors blamed that entirely on issues with B.net 2.0 not being ready yet, and reportedly the SC2 devs were furious but could do nothing about it. Jay might be living that now — he’s being a team player and not pointing fingers — but from his words it’s pretty clear the delays are coming from outside. Battle.net? Activision? Issues with e-sports stuff? Legal issue? International market issues?
There are a lot of possibilities, but ultimately it doesn’t matter to most players, who just want PvP and care only that we’re not getting it. Yet.