Diablo 3 will not be launching with PVP, as stated at www.diablo3.com. Here is the transcript below:
“As weâ€™re counting down the days until weâ€™re ready to announce a release date for Diablo III, weâ€™ve come to realize that the PvP game and systems arenâ€™t yet living up to our standards. Today, we wanted to let you know that weâ€™ve made the difficult decision to hold back the PvP Arena system and release it in a patch following the gameâ€™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 whoâ€™s waiting to enjoy the campaign and core solo/co-op content, all of which is just about complete.
While we work on making sure PvP lives up to its full potential, we hope youâ€™ll find some consolation in the fact that soon, youâ€™ll be having a blast leveling characters, finding items, learning the classes, and perfecting buildsâ€¦and that when the Arenas do arrive, youâ€™ll be all the better prepared for battle.
When the PvP patch is ultimately ready, it will add multiple Arena maps with themed locations and layouts, PvP-centric achievements, and a matchmaking system that will help you and your team get into fairly matched games quickly and easily. Weâ€™ll also be adding a personal progression system that will reward you for successfully bashing in the other teamâ€™s skulls.
We know a lot of you are looking forward to PvP, and weâ€™ll be focusing our post-launch efforts on making sure the Arenas are as brutal, bloody, fast-paced, and awesome as we know they can be. In the meantime, weâ€™re in the process of putting the finishing touches on what we think is a truly epic campaign and co-op experience for launch.
Weâ€™ll have a lot more info to share on the PvP system in the future, and we look forward to the moment we can get the game into your hands.” Jay Wilson Â at www.Diablo3.com