Remember Error 37? Blizzard says Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls launch will be "pretty smooth"

Blizzard says it's been working behind the scenes to make sure the launch of Reaper of Souls doesn't end in tears.

Remember me?

Blizzard has said it is confident that Diablo III: Reaper of Souls players will not be plagued by the same connectivity woes that affected the original game's launch back in 2012.

"Here's the beautiful thing about this launch compared to [Diablo 3]: what people are playing right now is Reaper of Souls," said lead producer Alex Mayberry to GameSpot, referring to the game's recent 2.0.1 update. "It's just Reaper with Act V, and the Crusader class, and adventure mode turned off. But it's all live. It's running. It's been running for a few weeks now."

When Diablo III launched on May 15, 2012 many players were left unable to play the game for days due to Blizzard's overloaded login servers. Blizzard eventually implemented a queueing system on the servers, easing the strain that caused the infamous Error 37 message.

Please don't let this happen again.

But the chances of this happening again are slim, says Mayberry. Touch wood. "So this launch is much more under control. We made sure to plan it out in such a way that players would be getting all the data and the code--if you've logged into Diablo 3 anytime in the last several weeks, you've downloaded it--and we gave it a good full month of time just to have the servers running."

"We feel like everything's going to be pretty smooth," he added.

Blizzard, meanwhile, has its own official statement on what to do if you end up in a queue: be patient. "Depending on how many people attempt to join the crusade against the Angel of Death on March 25, you may encounter a new message while playing: 'The Diablo III servers are busy.' Below this message, you should see a time estimate (if the estimate is <1 minute) as well as pulsating ellipses."

"If you received this message, it means you're currently entering a game queue. Just be patient with the queue, and you'll be slaughtering reaper in Westmarch before you know it!"

How many people are likely to try logging on tonight? Mayberry added that the game's player numbers have steadily increased since the 2.0.1 patch in February. "They've shot up in the last month or so. Since we put out patch 2.0.1 our numbers have gone up considerably, the number of people playing and returning to the game."

"A lot of people are returning to the game. They are continuously climbing towards launch. A lot of people are coming back to see what we've changed," Mayberry added. "It's been fun to watch those numbers grow. It's given us a nice morale boost."

Barring catastrophic server errors, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls launches for PC and Mac at various times tonight depending on where you live. Blizzard has posted a full list on its site.

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reda2011506
reda2011506

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jonzjitsu
jonzjitsu

SHIT SERVERS! 2 days already and I can no longer get in. Stuck in battering ram quest... FUUUUUUUUUUU!!

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Don't care about the PC version anymore. I ultimately settled on the 360 version and am sitting here with my thumb in my ass waiting for Blizzard to make a single peep about porting it to 360 at all.

lilflipp
lilflipp

"Error 37! Error 37! Why the fuck is it error 37?! What the fuck are the other 36? Shouldn't this be #1? Error #1: I can't log the fuck in!"

God I love Francis xD

lilflipp
lilflipp

Not enough people realize how much D3 changed. I am actually excited. 

-Loot system is great now

-No more fucking AH, old school trade chat

-Fixed late game.

-Legendaries are account bound after 2 hours, meaning you will have to farm for those legendary items, and that feeling of seeing it drop, is back the way it was with D2(except D2 you had adrenaline rush because you knew you had to pick it up before the others)


If you remember D2 only became really good after the expansion, D2 alone was alright but the expansion made it SO much better.

So yeah D3 was terrible, concepts that gamers knew was going to ruin the experience. Blizzard didn't listen, and I think they realized: "Look if were gonna take money out of these guys, we gotta do it right this time. We can't rely on hype that has been building for a decade this time around."

In terms of patches, D3 has made a LOT of changes, if you played before, you already have the game. Just give it another shot, one last time. It's fucking Diablo, video game royalty.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

You know, they COULD just introduce an offline mode, the way they have for PS3 and 360 and will have for PS4...

bleat
bleat

Am I the only person that actually had fun playing D3 or something?

dragoonmike
dragoonmike

maybe now they will fix error 3007 have no idea why I only have this happen on diablo 3 but not on any other blizzard game.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Hell, I still have my Error 37 t-shirt.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

It's not a launch, it's an expansion, barely.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

BAD NEWS.. Blizzard has made a way worse screw-up this time around..  They sent out boxed Collector's Editions of ROS... only with the wrong serial number.  It appears the serial number is for the original game, not the expansion.


Seems to affect Aus/NZ atm, stay tuned :)

boogie25
boogie25

sniff sniff...i smell new t-shirts and hoodies coming out for reaper of souls errors like it did with error 37 D3 (i really dont hope for same problems as d3 launch)

ganondorf77
ganondorf77

WTF, of course it will, It's an expansion! They never had problems with expansions before. But with their next game, no matter if it's WarVI or a new IP or a new f**king surprise, you are not going to hear this words out of Blizz the day before.

Aelfredus
Aelfredus

Of course they are going to have a smooth launch. Diablo 3 damaged the franchise so much that the number of players on Reaper of Souls launch day will be nothing compared to the original game.

PsyonicPlague
PsyonicPlague

seeing that error 37 screenshot brought back my ptsd...

skabb912
skabb912

It will be smooth because 90% of the people that played Diablo 3 at launch realized long ago that the game is garbage, Reaper launch will be a VERY small percentage of what the D3 launch was. Facts, they trump wishes and denials any day. 

grenadehh
grenadehh

Yes I remember error 37, the first major sign that the game was a waste of my damn money. And HA smooth, right.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

You know why it'll be smooth?  Because after the massive disappointment that was Diablo 3 only a small fraction of the people will be playing your expansion.

Fursnake
Fursnake

It probably will go smoothly because they will have far less people queueing up this time around.

Auriken
Auriken

Technically you can login tonight. It's surprising how many people think this game is dead, considering that it recently released a major update and has an expansion coming out tomorrow. Because...you know...it makes sense for them to release an expansion pack for a game no one plays right?


Okay if that makes sense to you then you're just hating the game to hate. I've got the game preordered and I spent the majority of the weekend leveling up my paragon levels with other players. Which, by the way, I had absolutely zero problem finding groups. According to the logic of the haters, the game is SO dead that I have plenty of people to play with.


It makes me wonder how many of the people whining constantly about this game are still playing it, and have also preordered the expansion? Because if you took all of the complaining into account, it would seem like NO ONE is playing it, but a lot of people still are. I wonder how many people will whine about the game on here, then go login and play it immediately after.


I bet it would be more than you think.

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

I bet it still happens but with a new error code.

lonewolf315
lonewolf315

Let's face it. A majority of people that are going to be playing the expansion are probably already still playing the game right now. Gearing up now that the loot system doesn't suck and you can actually get rares and legendaries with the stats you need more often than you get trash drops. I doubt there's going to be a huge influx of return players. And the Reaper of Souls content is already on your computer right now. It preloaded with patch 2.0 weeks ago. It's just waiting for a signal from the mothership to unlock Act 5 and the Crusader content for you.


If EA can successfully launch Titanfall on PC with very little problems I'm sure Blizzard will do just fine with Reaper of Souls.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Of course it wont happen. You already scared off half the fanbase with D3.

FTB_Screamer
FTB_Screamer

Didn't they say that last time..... :/


Oh and F%^$ Blizzard

lilflipp
lilflipp

@bleat I had fun for a few hours. Kind of fun, until I realized that the end game was terrible and broken.

lilflipp
lilflipp

@PinchySkree They added new class, new items, new act. It's as much as an expansion as LoD. Actually considering the state D3 was, this expansion is a big one compared to LoD.


galafasanta
galafasanta

@skabb912 "It will be smooth because 90% of the people that played Diablo 3 at launch realized long ago that the game is garbage"

Oh yes, "long ago", before all the numerous patches that benefitted the game. But you weren't around to play them so how would you know. (plus this 90% figure you have in your head.)

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Auriken  Actual diablo players consider this game dead, because it's shit. They've moved on to good games of this genre like Torchlight 2 and PoE or they flat out went back to Diablo 2.

skabb912
skabb912

@FTB_Screamer  NOT that I agree with your sentiments about Blizzard (not that I disagree either, its just that I dont see a point hating an entire company for acting like a company), but I dont see why everyone gives EA crap and they seem to forget that Blizzard is actually Blizzard/Activision (or however they write it). Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is the one that famously said something along the lines of "Screw gamers, they will buy anything we tell them to." or when he constantly insults the people that buy his games and support his lifestyle. But NOOOOOO, lets forget about that because "we" like WoW and SC and instead we will hate on the company who had huge and therefore problematic launches for a couple of games.

Auriken
Auriken

@Quarkzquarkz Oh yeah, it was SUCH a massive failure it keeps releasing updates, and it has an expansion coming out tomorrow. Because that makes sense.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

@lilflipp @PinchySkreeSo the only difference is LoD had two new characters, where as this has one.


Also why use an old game that had such a little budget as the requirement, why nt make something much bigger like how Wings of Liberty was just one part of a trilogy?


Must have spent all the income fixing how lazy and broken it is, which is still far from finished.

iknowthepiecesf
iknowthepiecesf

@skabb912  Patches are a different thing. When a company like Blizzard f*cks up the whole franchise and make players leave the game you can't say "oh pls come back we patched it? see?" We don't care about a patch that comes 6 months after we uninstalled the game. Are you a fan boy? Were you even around when D2 came out? What the f*ck do you know about Diablo franchise at all? (plus this 90% figure you have in your head.)

ma-ti89
ma-ti89

@grenadehh @Auriken  I would have agreed with Torchlight 2 but that game is truly dead. The developers haven't done anything to their game since releasing Guts. The only people adding stuff is the modders. I was hating on Diablo 3 at first when Torchlight 2 came out, but not anymore. You can say Diablo 3 got all the good stuff Torchlight 2 did right with ROS now. 

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Bull****. Right now, Steam has 1100 people playing TL2, and it's one of the highest selling platforms for the game (as of July-2013, it had 2 million in sales at 10 months after it released).

PoE has 3.75 million active accounts and is a free to play game. I'm not sure on the daily total logins.

Diablo 3? As of the beginning of this year, it's turned over 18 million copies. At the end of 2013 it had 2.1 million unique logins per day.

So, based on these numbers, where exactly are all thee diablo fans again? Look it all up if you want.

Seriously, you can keep nerd raging and posting wrong, ignorant shit. Or you could just say you hate the game and move on. Diablo fans clearly aren't doing what you say in the numbers you believe.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@skabb912 @FTB_Screamer  Blizzard takes less heat because they don't make or release any games and they don't talk to the media. They are just as bad as EA - a little better because even though they swim in money from WoW and they monetized the fuck out of SC2, turning it into a 150+ dollar game where you have to buy three separate retail products to play the entire game, they don't consistently employ the same obvious DLC raping practices that EA does.

skabb912
skabb912

@Auriken @Quarkzquarkz  They retracted and undid most of, if not all of the features that they touted in order to sell the game. Yes it was a failure fanboy. Deal with it and move on with your life. Games, like people, die. and some games, again like people, are dead at birth. Its sad and it sucks that it doesnt always have to be that way, but it is true nonetheless.

Vizard666
Vizard666

@Richardthe3rd  Interesting information but can you state your source. I would like to closely analyze it. 

Diablo 3 is not that bad but it certainly does not live up to the expectations that were set astronomically high. People were afraid of change and were expercting a Diablo 2 HD version so I am not that suprised. 

If Diablo 3 was that bad then there would be no expansions created for it but shows that demand is clearly there. I would agree that Diablo 3 is not the game that Diablo fans were waiting for but in its own right, it is still a good game that is better than many hack and slash games out there.

I prefer the gameplay of Diablo 3 over PoE or Torchlight but customization in PoE is way superior and it has the Diablo 2 feeling. I would definitely say PoE is a better game overall though but I just did not like the art direction that much as the atmosphere seemed a little dull at times. If only they could incorporate things from all 3 games to create a complete hack and slash.

ez12a
ez12a

@grenadehh  "entire game"? You don know that WoL has 29 unique missions (26 playable in one play through based on player decisions). 

Original starcraft had 30 missions in total, 10 per race campaign. 

So WoL actually has nearly as much content as the entire original game, but for only one campaign. Please get your facts straight.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Jesus Christ it's like you people just regurgitate the same fucking cliches over and over.

"SC2 is $150.00"

"Diablo 3 is a failure that no one plays."

"WoW is all they care about."

And now they're apparently as bad as EA?

I mean, you really just have to bury your head in the sand and suck your baby hate filled thumb in order to continue believing this shit year after year, don't you?

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

@skabb912 @Auriken @Quarkzquarkz  I'm sorry but you're wrong, DEAD wrong.


Games never die, I mean look at 90s games, 80s games, people are still competing for Donkey Kong's highest score for heaven's sake. 


Granted, I don't play any of those boring things myself, but games never die, they always last for the new generation to pick them up and enjoy them, I'm sorry.. =(

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

@Richardthe3rd  Obviously, D2 graphics today are excuse my French 'complete crap'. And btw, action house is closed silly. And offline? Well look in the proper channels for private servers so it's possible.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

If D2 releases today in the same state it did in 1999 it would be a Hindenburg.

Online didn't work.

No end game itemization.

Massive hacking, duped items, broken economy, balance issues.

Rampant botting

A third party RMAH that is still incredibly active to this day.

But, it has offline SP; therefore it's great.

Sure, D3 has some of these issues. But RoS will make several of them impossible.

skabb912
skabb912

@grenadehh @Quarkzquarkz @Auriken  Look at the fanbase alone! D2 is STILL being played in huge numbers and D3? Like you said, some people actually quit and went back to D2. D3 was big and popular for about 2-3 months. D2 is still popular more than a decade later.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@Quarkzquarkz @Auriken  Anyone who doesn't know off the top of their head that D2 is exponentially better than anything D3 could ever hope to be....it doesn't matter if they believe you or not, they're wrong and they aren't Diablo fans.