Another Patch Promise, Will it Prove Itself?

Yet again, after an enormous delay in any manner of update, Diablo II's patch 1.13 may soon be seeing some real news, perhaps even as soon as this week. Staff-begotten hopes, have fallen through the cracks before, however, as many unfortunate incidents have arisen through the patch's development history this year.

Back in September, Bashiok made the hopeful proclamation that we would be seeing a tangible update on the patch within a week's time. As the days, and weeks, rolled by, he eventually made another statement, which excluded the week-hopeful but unfortunately contained no new information (see Diablo II Patch 1.13- More Delays, Hopefully a Brighter Future).

As a long month has passed since any substantial updates, concerns shifted to the patch emerging as a myth in gaming history and essential vaporware. The clock has come full circle finally, however, and there is a slightly different demeanor that Bashiok bares in his latest response to patch news:


Official Blizzard Quote:



It has been a while since the last update, and I'm sorry about that, but we haven't had any new developments until recently. As much as some people want daily affirmations, they aren't helpful. We'll give updates when they matter, and [highlight]we have a meaningful one going up this week[/highlight].

As opposed to the nebulous hope he had stated more than a month ago, it seems that we may be nigh on the edge of real news, perhaps even a date, considering how long this patch has been in development. Take it as you will, this provides some semblance of hope in the growing disinterest in an elusive patch.

UPDATE November 18, 2009:


Official Blizzard Quote:



Update - 11/18
We've recently completed a revised version of the Diablo II 1.13 patch that removes the increased stash size. A larger stash will unfortunately no longer be a feature included in patch 1.13 due to the previously mentioned concerns. As higher priority work continues on Warcraft III we're hoping to complete our quality assurance tests for the 1.13 patch in the next few weeks. But as always, the types of issues that may appear and take higher priority are rarely foreseeable. We continue to plan a release based on our best intentions.

Comments

  • #1 Daemaro
    They're teasing us with this patch just as much as they are with D3. :(
  • #2 Astion
    Hmmm yeah, meaningful..... Probably just a note that they've fixed the inventory issue....
  • #3 Turmobil
    Blizzard's a good but cruel company :

    Nice article by the way, but I wonder what news that might be revealed.
  • #4 Lt._Venom
    Better than nothing. Thanks for the update, Seth.
  • #5 ScyberDragon
    I will get ready to play D2 again tonight.:P
  • #6 debo
    Quote from "Daemaro" »
    They're teasing us with this patch just as much as they are with D3. :(


    JESUS,...it is just a patch and you are completely right. I dont like this "advertising". Promises and promises and nothing really new. But it is Blizzard we know their behavior :P

    But HOPEFULLY it is more then a patch and not just some fixes and the stash issue.

    We will see.
  • #7 maximusje
    Sunday: Blizzard uploads a picture of a pirate with an eye-patch. Blizzard fooled us all!
  • #8 Ophion
    They will probably start out by saying that they will include this and that on the patch, and then give us the news that it won't be out this year...
  • #9 Don_guillotine
    This reminds me of the 1.10 Patch. Which was coming "soon" and it was soon said among fans to come "as soon as the hell freezes over." Because it took bit over two years to release.

    The patch was released.

    This wallpaper along with it.

    Blizzard. What else can I say?
  • #10 Zhar
    Yeah, I'm not expecting this patch to be released any time soon. I'd say sometime around the release of SCII, I'm really not that optimistic about the whole deal :(.

    Don't get me wrong, there's nothing I'd love more than to have the patch released soon, but sadly, I don't have much faith.

    Despite all my pessimism, it was a good read ^^.
  • #11 Genesis
    The meaningful update will probably be that there is no patch... -_-

    Good find though
  • #12 kefka666333abc123
    Quote from "Genesis" »
    The meaningful update will probably be that there is no patch... -_-

    Good find though


    Why can I see that happening LOL...I hope your wrong...

    Thanks for the info seth....lets hope this means a release is coming in the next month or so!
  • #13 PhrozenDragon
    Quote from "Don_guillotine" »
    This reminds me of the 1.10 Patch. Which was coming "soon" and it was soon said among fans to come "as soon as the hell freezes over." Because it took bit over two years to release.

    Although in their defense, DiabloWiki.com - Patch 1.10 (Diablo II) Patch 1.10 (Diablo II) had a lot of changes to it.

    Now hopefully the insane amount of time we've been waiting here will, if not amount to just as much new content, mean some new content.
  • #14 VodevilX
    Now i'm truly curious what information can they give is this time.
  • #15 Lt._Venom
    They said no new content, but they might just be covering their asses for a really nice Christmas surprise. We get to kill Diablo, while he wears Santa's hat!

    What the hell is he doing with Santa's hat?
  • #16 Psyxix
    Quote from "Genesis" »
    The meaningful update will probably be that there is no patch... -_-

    Good find though


    LOL! Exactly what I was thinking when I saw the "meaningful update" part ^_^.
  • #17 Mordraneth
    Quote from name="Lt. Venom" »
    They said no new content, but they might just be covering their asses for a really nice Christmas surprise. We get to kill Diablo, while he wears Santa's hat!

    What the hell is he doing with Santa's hat?


    Diablo killed Santa??? :o
    How the hell am I going to explain that to my kid?

    The news here is that there will be some news soon. Same old Blizzard act that make us love'm and hate'm at the same time.
  • #18 Zhar
    Just tell him Santa will be a little different this year, instead of wearing a red suit and giving out presents, he has red skin and tries to steal your soul.
  • #19 skyknight
    Its probably not 1.13. Its probably some patch leading up to 1.13.
    He says "meaningful" but not significant.
  • #20 treckin
    Perhaps they fixed the stash issue by migrating D2 over to bnet 2.0, and 1.13 is co-releasing with SC2 at the end of this week...
    /wetdream
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