Blizzard has made their usual PTR request, asking that the testers focus their feedback on some of the new stuff. There are a couple of other relevant matters as well:
Not sure if its the new file format responsible for this, but it’s making testing impossible. please fix this asap.
Tsarnis: Thanks for the reports about these frame rate issues, everyone. I just wanted to pop in here and let you all know that this is something we are actively investigating on our end as well.
I had this to crippling effect on the PTR yesterday, with massive machine-load slowdowns, especially every time I entered a new tileset and saw new monsters. FPS would drop to slide show speed when the action heated up, in a way that I’ve never seen it on the Live realms. It didn’t quit either, and would keep reoccuring as I worked through a Rift. (Playing on Live last night, there was no such slowdown.)So that’s an issue, but the real crippling effect so far on the PTR… is this. The queues are incredible, up from an hour+ yesterday to over 3 hours so far today. (I got on today and entered a queue with an estimated 3:32 wait. When I checked back 30m later after writing this post, my queue was… 3:35. Progress!)
As we saw on the last PTR, the initial rush of players eager to try out the new stuff is totally overloading the limited PTR capacity. (Last time it was bad for a week or so, but once the newness factor wore off, the crowding and queueing went away.) Since creating your own game is almost impossible in these circumstances, the best bet is to join someone else’s. There are public games with all the pros and (mostly) cons they offer, so a better option is to join a clan. The PTR is its own separate Realm and while your Friend’s List carries over, your clan does not. We’ve got an
Want a reminder of how to get your current characters to the PTR? Blizzard’s got a useful step by step guide for your reference.
PTR Patch 2.2.0 Focused Feedback. Click through for the big Blue post on the focused feedback for PTR. They mostly want testers to try out the new and changed Item Sets, which would be much easier if the new ones were dropping!