Will the Diablo 3 PvP Arena be a competitive area of play..? Is Diablo 3 PvP poised to become an eSport..?
Diablo 3 is going to be mainly about the co-op experience, with PvP functioning as merely a fun diversion for those interested in it. The reason being, it will be far too difficult and counter-productive for Blizzard to try and achieve some sort of balance for all of the character classes in Diablo 3.
Diablo 3 PvP will still be a fun component of gameplay – and likely will have some nifty achievements associated with it – but don’t expect it to be something players should “take seriously”. If Blizzard decides to re-introduce world PvP in Diablo 3 (i.e., going hostile) or perhaps dueling, then I imagine players might get into it a bit more. As for now, though, expect a much more concentrated effort from the devs as it pertains to churning out new and challenging PvE content to satisy players for years to come.
Quote from Bashiok
We want PvP to be incredibly challenging and fun, but we want to avoid turning it into a truly competitive leagues/ladders eSport. We just don’t think Diablo gameplay is very conducive for that type of controlled environment where balance is paramount.
That said, we want to develop PvP as an engaging and rewarding system. What we don’t want to do is take a traditional eSports approach to PvP, where balance will become so important to a competitive ranking system that solo and cooperative gameplay feel a bit neutered as a result.
We want your characters to feel totally imba. Then we want you to enter some Arenas, send the scorched remains of other players’ corpses flying, and let the satisfaction wash over you — until your opponents take similar care of your hero, that is. 😉 (Source)
There you have it…Diablo 3 PvP is not going to be competitive…it’s going to be “for fun”. I’m alright with that, how about you?