Patch 1.13- The Progress Update We Never Got?

For some time since the announcement of patch 1.13 for Diablo II in late April, we have heard scant nothing of progress and have seldom had an update. Now Bashiok, a Blizzard representative on their Battle.net online board, has replied to the inquiry of a poster about the progress of the patch:

Quote from "Bashiok" »
Work on the patch was put on hold for a while due to higher priority issues, but it commences, and it is nearing.


(Source.)

The reply is short and to the point, which is more than we can say of many of Blizzard's revelations. Apparently, the patch had been put on hold in light of more pressing matters, but now they're back in business and its release is imminent.

I, myself, am somewhat dissappointed in their lack of an announcement when they suspended work on it, something many had suspected in Diablo-based forums around the internet. However, now that we have a definite confirmation of its progress, something that would have been nice a month or two ago, I can say that some of that is relieved.

Being one of the very few responses from Bashiok of late, this reply may be something of consequence. Can we be expecting the patch before the month of June is out? Many ladder resets and a few patches have been released in the month of June, so this only continues to add to the speculation.

Credit goes out to pvp_fire for PMing me about this little tidbit. Hand the man a rep point if you have a moment :)

EDIT~

Some speculation about the "higher priority" that has been going around is that they just released their 1.23b beta Warcraft III patch yesterday on their servers. This may, in fact, be what Bashiok had been alluding to.

(Source.)

Comments

  • #1 Lethal_Weapon
    Haha, I would have beat you to it if I could have made a thread :D, but I did reply to the other one :)

    However, this announcement is quite a disappointment...how hard would it have been to say the patch has been delayed due to other circumstances beyond our control back in May? And his response is classic, "not really" and "it is nearing"...sometime in the future I suppose....:confused:

    Well, everyone grab a drink and sit back until July when we will get the next update about the patch progress...
  • #2 Feabreg
    ugh i was hopping the patch was delayed coz they were implementing a lot of stuff... oh well...

    thanks for the info ;)
  • #3 Deadlyhazard
    That's unfortunate it was put on hold.

    Well, I hope some interesting things are announced, and yay for ladder reset.
  • #4 edi-lupus
    wwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyy!?!?!?!??!?!?! UUUGGGGGHHHH i was so happy today untill now
  • #5 Ydoc
    Dissapointing..

    So much waiting this year.. :(
  • #6 DesmondTiny
    At least they said something..I thought I was going to be waiting until August or something...lol
  • #7 JuicyFruitSweeT
    how u send some1 a rep?
    help?
  • #8 lordbone
    warcraft II patch 1.23b has NOT yet been released!
    I am currently playing WC3 for a little while and there is no sign of progress on the patch yet.

    how do I know this?

    You can go to the realm: Westfall (classicbeta) on your warcraft3 servers and there download the new patch.
    So I dont think that was the cause ^^
  • #9 Magistrate
    Ah, sorry, I forgot to slip in the word "beta" there.
  • #10 lordbone
    well that would make your sentence correct xD
  • #11 DSquared82
    Ugh, well thanks for the blue balls Blizz...geez. What a waitfest this has all been. At least we know the truth, hopefully comes out THIS month.
  • #12 kefka666333abc123
    Well that sucks but what can ya do :P. Heres hoping we see it before the end of this month(unlikely:()
  • #13 pernunz
    Well, can't really blame them, except for not keeping us informed
  • #14 gamma11
    lulz u would have had to wait either way... this way just would have made it longer wondering when they were gonna commence making of the patch lolz
  • #15 Deadlyhazard
    I really wonder what is in this patch that is taking so long to be put out, even if they just held it off for a month. Unless they just started developing the patch recently and all that's in it is some bug fixes and a ladder reset.

    (Would LOVE for the "failed to join game" bug fixed)
  • #16 Magistrate
    Nah, they were working on it before:

    Quote from Bashiok »
    We try to give everyone at least a two week notice before a ladder reset. When it became apparent that the patch could potentially launch in two weeks, we put up an announcement just in case.

    Now, even though no promises were given it's going to create some hope that it will be out, but we can only do so much to balance between expectation and information that's necessary for the community to have.


    (Source.)
  • #17 T'hain_Esh_Kelch
    Quote from "Seth" »
    Ah, sorry, I forgot to slip in the word "beta" there.

    In any case, shouldn't it be 1.24b, since we are already playing 1.23?
    Quote from "Deadlyhazard" »
    I really wonder what is in this patch that is taking so long to be put out, even if they just held it off for a month. Unless they just started developing the patch recently and all that's in it is some bug fixes and a ladder reset.

    (Would LOVE for the "failed to join game" bug fixed)

    They probably take their time in order to make sure there are no outstanding bugs left.. I guess this is going to be the final D2 patch, since D3 is 'just' around the corner.
  • #18 Deadlyhazard
    Good, I hate a lot of the bugs in D2 :P. Wonderful, if they fix the most annoying ones :).
  • #19 maximusje
    Quote from "JuicyFruitSweeT" »
    how u send some1 a rep?
    help?


    You must go to the profile page of the person you want to give the rep to.

    Ontopic: It's a pity that the patch was on hold so that no progress has been made.
  • #20 Talic's_Demise
    Blizzard would have never pulled a stunt like this one or many other offensive things 10 years ago. But because of wow and all the success they think their stuff don't stink. Look I'll play the patch and diablo iii. But as a company I've lost all respect for them. After all is us fans that keep the company going we shouldn't be treated like this. This Bashiok character needs to start phrasing things a little better and throwing a couple of "I'm sorries" would not hurt either.
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