When a release date is nearing and a crucial game feature is falling behind, what is a studio to do? If you're Blizzard
and you're looking at the fate of one of the biggest titles of the year, you yank the offending feature from the game so as to not delay the entire product.
Blizzard announced today
that Diablo III's
PvP is not living up to the studio's standards and that it will be removing it for now in order to keep the game on track for launch. So why not just hold back the game until it's completely ready? In the words of the studio, "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 functionality will be restored at an unspecified later date with multiple Arena maps, achievements, personal progression, and a matchmaking system.
[Thanks to Marc for the tip!]