Loading Screen: Character Vulnerability & Time
Characters will no longer spawn in a hostile place until the game is fully loaded, preventing characters from getting attacked or harmed during a loading screen. Additionally, the overall load times will be faster.
Q: Why is my character still attacked while at a loading screen?
A: As mentioned in the Technical Alpha Learnings blog, characters will no longer spawn in a hostile place until the game is fully loaded, preventing characters from getting attacked or harmed during a loading screen. This fix is not in the build for the Early Access and Open Beta, but it will be in the game for launch. We didn’t want to delay the timing of the upcoming tests for this issue.
According to these official Blizzard blogposts characters should not be attacked during loading screens, but unfortunately this isn’t the case.
You can be attacked and even killed during load screens especially when you take waypoints across Acts which causes longer load times due to graphic assets needing to be loaded. Frigid Highlands is especially notorious for its slow load times and enemies spawning near the waypoint that can kill you.
This happens on both online Bnet and offline single player, latency is not a factor.