In response to the ongoing backlash about Diablo 2 Resurrected’s lack of ladder system, in-game voice chat and lobbies, Executive Producer Rob Fergusson has spoken out.

While the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta blew hot and cold with fans, one of the biggest letdowns for hardcore Diablo players was the lack of ladder, alongside no lobbies and voice chat.

Having promised upgrades to the ladder, alongside several other system adjustments, many were disappointed to find the Beta lacking in new features.

As the fires of players’ wrath continue to burn bold and bright, Diablo’s Executive Producer, Rod Fergusson, has explained why reintroducing these iconic parts of Diablo is not the devs current priority.

Diablo 2 Resurrected Producer addresses Ladder issues

In response to a tweet urging players to upvote a Reddit petition dedicated to having Blizzard install lobbies and the chat system upon release, Fergusson has clarified why this is not currently higher on the developers’ priority list.

“We’ve heard the community feedback but with four weeks until launch, we’re focused on stability and optimizations. No new features until after launch,” he replies, asking the commenter not to “shake the jello.”

Fans react to disappointing news

Players have been quick to react to Fergusson and Fletcher’s comments, using Reddit to voice their concerns.

“Rod Fergusson just confirmed that there will be no lobbies in Diablo 2 Resurrected at launch. Cancel those preorders if the feature is important to you. I did. I’ll consider buying it if they ever add lobbies and in-game chat,” writes one angry fan.