OK, everyone. Calm down. That headline is... ... I know... I know.
'Tis true, I fear. An official message on the Diablo 3 dev blog confirms it. Read on to see what these infernal whelps have to say for themselves.
"Today, 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."PVP is what keeps Diablo 2 players still running around on the Battle.net servers to this day - it's not likely they're dragging their feet on this. Personally, I'm all for ironing kinks and delivering the best possible product.
But hark! Did you read that? "JUST ABOUT COMPLETE".
Blizzard also spilt some new details about the meat of the post-launch PVP mechanics:
"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. We’ll also be adding a personal progression system that will reward you for successfully bashing in the other team’s skulls."And if you're the type of person that skips campaign mode entirely when picking up a title with online PVP, then a campaign-only launch will be healthy for you, you maladjusted twit.
SOURCE: Diablo 3 Blog