0. 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:07:45 PM PDT
Many of you are wondering what's up with the patch and the ladder reset. While I've sprinkled some information around, it's about time it was all mashed up in one easy-to-read location.
The Story -
Once upon a time our internal legacy development teams wanted to put some much needed love into Diablo II. Diablo II doesn't have tournaments with millions of dollars swirling about them, so it generally took a back seat to the patch development time of our other legacy titles. But one day the planets aligned, and it was finally time to give the old girl a new coat of paint and break a bottle of champagne over her bow with the release of a patch. This went well. Meetings were held, the community was involved and polled, and an extremely long list of ideas and changes was created. That list was then cut down to changes felt to be either necessary changes, or easily implemented to ensure development time was efficient. This also went well.
Not long after, the alarm bells sounded. The patch was progressing quickly, and the release was potentially imminent. Early on it was decided, and somewhat of a no-brainer, that a ladder reset with coincide with the patch release. With the patch progressing well, a potential release of two weeks was estimated, and as always this is the exact amount of forewarning given to players and the community before a ladder reset. An announcement was made quickly and immediately to ensure a full two week notice was given. There are many reasons for this standard two-week notice, not the least of which is that most players don't understand the meaning of ladder and non-ladder, and how a reset affects their characters. Following any reset our support departments are flooded with issues related to the change of their characters, so we attempt to inform beforehand and avoid any unnecessary confusion.
This was all well and good, the community was excited, and the developers were having fun and enjoying being able to work on Diablo II again. Then, as it tends to do, reality struck. (http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=16888549346&sid=3000) Work had to be swiftly and immediately realigned and has and continues to be focused on addressing issues for a different title to resolve a very serious issue.
The Now -
The Warcraft III patch is now on the Public Test Realm (PTR) and testing is progressing. Once that patch is released work can shift back to Diablo II and the 1.13 patch, and we'll be working to getting that patch up on its own PTR as soon as possible. This could be a matter of weeks. Once it's up and in a testing state for all of you, it's then going to be a matter of ensuring the features are good and it's a solid patch. The more people we have testing the patch and providing valid feedback, the better the patch will be, and hopefully the quicker it will be released. So that's my challenge to you. You've been waiting a long time, you want an awesome patch, you want a reset. To get all that, we need good solid testing and feedback, reproduction steps for bugs, detailed descriptions of issues or errors, etc. So once this goes live on the PTR, I expect some crazed-youruinedtheeconomy-testing.
4. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:17:12 PM PDT
So this means that the devlopment of the 1.13 Beta realm is atleast nearing completion. Any hints you could give us at what new features might be in the new patch, just so we can have something else to think/talk about?
7. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:21:27 PM PDT
Thanks for the explanation!
8. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:23:02 PM PDT
All in all I appreciate the update, even though I already knew most of this, most of the D2 community did not apparently. I am glad that things on the Warcraft patch are nearing completion; hopefully that will be taken care of soon and the dev team can begin work on the Diablo patch again. Looking forward to the PTR and hope it comes soon. Cheers!
P.S. Hoping this patch is "awesome" as you state :)
9. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:24:23 PM PDT
I think the majority of the D2 players out there are patient enough to wait Bashiok.
If it wasn't for hackers and cheating players - I think Blizzard would have more time on their hands. So lets not blame Blizzard for the delay. Blame the script kiddies because they can't handle losing when playing legit.
I know you cannot reveal what new features exist Bashiok and I wouldn't want you to, lets not spoil the surprise. heh. But can you at least give any heads up if most of the bugs in the game are being looked at or fixed? Things like the aura stacking bug, anya bug, Charge bug etc etc.
I am sure the patch will be a fine one and it is hugely anticipated for many of the legit players, for at the moment there is too many kiddies using their hacks and spoiling the fun in the game.
Roll on the patch and thanks for the update.
11. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:25:46 PM PDT
So, can you announce some information about patch's features?
12. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:29:03 PM PDT
Can you take some time to write us up some features we can expect, some runewords we won't expect to see again, and maybe some balance/act changes?
...Maybe teleport can't go through walls anymore..??? *hopeful look*
13. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:29:57 PM PDT
Can anybody provide more information regarding the Public Test Realm I would very much like to take part but am unaware if there are limitations to participation.
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14. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:30:59 PM PDT
Q u o t e: So, can you announce some information about patch's features?
If you read the update it was said that there would be no point revealing what new features there is. Because those features may not stay in the final release.
16. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:31:47 PM PDT
I'm very glad to hear about this, thank you very much.
17. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:36:17 PM PDT
Q u o t e: I'm very glad to hear about this, thank you very much.
19. Re: 1.13 Patch - The Myth, The Legend 06/30/2009 12:43:21 PM PDT
and why dont you just reset the ladder now, why delay the reset for a patch that wont fix major things like botting anyway. are we gonna have to wait another month for a reset just to get a patch that gives us a slightly larger stash. whats the point in that