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Today Blizzard detailed the dueling feature coming to Diablo 3 in Patch 1.0.7. Dueling, the first player-versus-player feature for the action RPG, lets would-be adventurers slug it out in a safe setting.
Players can access the dueling feature by talking to Nek the Brawler, an NPC at New Tristram's inn. He'll take you and your party to a new zone called Scorched Chapel. This zone is where players can fight each other.
Dueling supports one-versus-one fights as well as three-player and four-player free-for-alls. If you die, you'll be resurrected in the dueling zone. Death isn't permanent, even if you're playing a Hardcore character, and your equipment won't be damaged at all. You can exit the dueling zone by using a portal.
"The game doesn't keep score and there are no objectives," says Blizzard's preview. "We wanted dueling to be as simple and straightforward as possible, so we created a minimalist system -- we know that even without rewards and objectives, some players just want to beat each other up."
Blizzard cautions that the classes aren't balanced for dueling. Therefore, some fights might be very lopsided. Still, dueling might be an interesting diversion for those of you tiring of the game about seven months after its release.
Last month, Blizzard cancelled a planned Team Deathmatch mode for the game. They're currently exploring other ways to introduce complex PvP to the game.