Incredible demand continues to push the Diablo 3 servers to their limits.
Queues rise, servers fall as fans post on forums to protests over poor performance
Diablo 3 has been in the works for ten years, so demand is naturally incredible. Still, Bizzard has struggled to maintain servers and fans were pushed out of games consistently immediately after launch.
Blizzard took down servers initially during May 15 – the day of launch – as a community manager at Blizzard said issues would continue to be monitored for additional issues and errors. Blizzard directed users to its forums to see the latest update on downtime (assuming there’s downtime, of course).
A few hours after that announcement, the servers went down. Players experienced 3003 errors, were kicked out of games and couldn’t sign in. The forums were also down, with a a stock message saying Blizzard’s website was down. Not very helpful for users who have laid down $60 and downloaded the hastily game before launch.
Diablo 3: completed!
Hilariously, also heading to isdiablo3down.com tells users if servers are down. Currently the website says the servers are down, though I’m not sure that’s entirely accurate.
Around 9:50PM PDT Blizzard said on its official message boards problems would take around two hours to resolve, saying the problems would be fixed by 11:45PM PDT, and apologized for the errors while promising to keep players informed. Around 90 minutes later, Blizzard said servers were back online.
Performance issues have been reported, especially on some MacBook Pro models. The game reportedly runs better in Windows and Bootcamp than Mac OS X. A poster on NeoGAF said performance can’t be gained at all, which is doesn’t exactly help the Macs-aren’t-gaming-machines stereotypes.
Players should enable Enhanced Tooltips and Elective Mode in the gameplay options menu: Elective Mode allows skills to be assigned in any way, rather than being forced to choose from a specific category in each slot and means more possible builds. Both options are disabled by default.
Diablo 3 has been completed by possibly the first user: Yoshichan from NeoGAF posted a screenshot of his end-game statistics. On Normal difficulty, it took 12 hours and 29 minutes. Yoshichan played from when the servers went live at 11PM in the UK, finishing with a level 32 Barbarian.