Testing a video game for bugs and glitches is an important part of any game development process. This is commonly done in multiplayer titles and MMORPGs, as they have servers that are dedicated to the games and thus require constant attention and tweaking. Known by many as the PTR, or Public Test Realm, these servers, and their coinciding forums give players a voice to help change the game. For Diablo III though, that’s about to end.
Blizzard is the one who made the announcement, stating that with the arrival of the next patch for Diablo III they’re not going to focus on feedback, but rather, focus on fixing any last-minute bugs that might pop up, or fix any issues that are causing the game to be unstable. Thus, they’re marking the forum on Battle.net as Read-Only. Although, you will still be able to report bugs if they’re in the PTR.
“The PTR Bug Report forum will remain available for posting until that point, and we encourage you to continue reporting bugs and performance issues you encounter during this time,” said Blizzard.
Once the patch is out, both the PTR forum and the PTR itself will be shutting down, with no indication yet as to whether it may come up for future versions or updates should they arrive.
“As a final note, we’d like to thank all of you for the well-constructed, insightful feedback you’ve shared during the Patch 2.5.0 PTR. We appreciate your testing and reporting, and we’ll see you in Season 10!”
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