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Diablo III on consoles? Blizzard “very, very serious” about the possibility

The Diablo series is as well-known for its levity as any gory, demon-filled dungeon-crawler can reasonably be expected to be. Things the games have treated with a  bleakly mordant sort of light-heartedness include death, dismemberment, demonic possession and the physical incarnation of ultimate evil. But is there anything Blizzard is on record as taking seriously within the context of the upcoming Diablo III? As a matter of fact, there certainly is: the possibility of porting the game to consoles.

Speaking in a Gamescom press conference, Josh Mosqueira – Blizzard's lead designer on Diablo III – wouldn't come right out and confirm that a console version of the game is definitely a thing that will happen in our universe (the company still being on the hook for promises it made almost ten damn years ago, after all). However, he did confirm that Blizzard is “very, very serious about bringing the Diablo III experience to the console,” and is currently “looking for programmers, designers, artists who think their dream job would be to bring Diablo to the console.”

The original made the crossover competently enough – we included it on our list of PS1 titles we'd love to replay on PSN – while the much-loved sequel has long been one of the mouse-and-keyboard set's favorite things to lord over console owners, who never got a version. From what you've seen of Diablo III, how do you think it'd fare?

Aug 19, 2011

Source: Eurogamer



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20 comments

  • Jedipimp0712 - August 20, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    @avantguardian well, i have over 130 hours logged into too human (which uses that interface of moving the joystick) and yes, there are a ton of bugs, but i love that B game. the one thing i hate the most is not how you attack with the right thumb stick (although that whole system is buggy) but moving with the left thumb stick. i think Too Human would have been way better on the PC because, although unique for the control scheme, i think that none of the schemes for dungeon crawlers work on a controller (and i am talking about the top down kind, Oblivion is a perfect example of how to do it correctly, along with fallout). again, torchlight is an exception, but i do not have it for xbox, i got it off of steam. i guess what i am trying to get at is that i have not seen many other studios pull that off, BUT, if any studio can, its going to be Blizzard. im not sure how that will go since all of their titles are on PC, but ya know. ive been wrong before too. if it does happen, i will be interested in how many people will be buying it, and if there will be any exploits for the console title vs the pc. and if there will be bots? who knows, but i know for damn sure i just might have a bot still going right now for D2. lmao
  • avantguardian - August 20, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    @jedipimp: yes i seriously KNOW it will. i wouldn't have said so otherwise...i have diablo 1/2, titan quest, torchlight, and sacred 2 on my pc. the latter two just because they came out on pc first, i believe. i actually re-bought torchlight on 360 BECAUSE you can use a controller, i couldn't on pc. i wish they ALL could have controllers. i also prefer to play fps w/ a controller (!), because for some people, "easier" doesn't necessarily equate to "more fun" or "better". and you're right, RTS is adifferent story. i'm pretty sure we're allowed to have different opinions... p.s. i'm pretty sure sacred 2 and too human's inferiority to the diablo series has NOTHING to do with their control schemes. but hey, i've been wrong plenty of times before;)
  • jmcgrotty - August 20, 2011 noon

    (I'm writing this with the assumption it will happen) Yeah, there is honestly no reason to think that a controller would be worse at controlling Diablo than a mouse&keyboard duo. It's a perfect fit. While usually I don't care about these things, for me the issue will come down to if the console version requires a constant internet connection. I know that I'm in the minority anymore, but the only times my systems are connected online are when I need to do a specific task. At no other time are they connected by an ethernet connection or my wifi router. So, I wrote this game off when I heard about the PC needing a constant connection. Bummed me out, too, since I really, really want it. This news is very welcome for me.
  • Longnuts - August 20, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    RTS games don't work on consoles but Diablo 3 could. Make the bumpers scroll through a bar of skills to actively use with a colored button. It was super fun on PS1 and it worked fine there too.
  • Jedipimp0712 - August 20, 2011 6:35 a.m.

    @avantguardian do you seriously think that moving your joystick in the same direction is going to make you happier? how about Too Human, or Sacred 2: Fallen Angel? both were not the diablo we know and love(even though they were both modeled after it). i have a LOT of hours logged into both too human and sacred 2, and probably 3 or 4 times as many in diablo 2. i dont mind if they do hit consoles, because i would love for as many people to enjoy games like Diablo that i have loved for many years. but some games are just better played with a mouse and keyboard. dungeon looters are a testament to that (torchlight is an exception, even though i believe it was on PC first) another i believe is RTS games, but that is a whole different subject.
  • avantguardian - August 20, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    doot doot doot...another one bites the dust... but seriously, @redeater: you got it. in fact, i feel like i agree w/ you a lot on here. nothing about this game speaks of necessary pc exclusivity, so just give gamers what they want. you'll make your money. i would buy this for pc if i had to, but left clicking to exhaustion makes my brain go numb. i prefer actual directional movement and force feedback in my lootfests, please. and even though the constant internet thing is obviously terrible, i've never had a problem dealing w/ it when it comes xbla, so...
  • Gob - August 20, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    If they were to release a demo over Xbox Live, I'd download it, try it, and maybe buy it. Hell, if they need to debate over it, they should just release a demo over XBL and see what kind of feedback it gets.
  • onetimebuster - August 19, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    I think they will need a console version becuase it doesnt seem like many pc gamers are happy with it sofar and i cant blame them.
  • IRONCURT - August 19, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    I would not play this on console especially if they are going to port it from pc. Ports are usually never as strong as its home platform; I would much rather stick with the mouse and keyboard when playing this game anyways.
  • raptorak - August 19, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    I still don't see why they didn't do diablo 2 for the consoles. It really is a no brainer. In D2 you need to use about 5 or 6 buttons, and with graphics like that you could do the game on a saturn if it wasn't over a GB in size. Seriously Blizzard - PS3 and XBOX 360 with 2-4 player offline co-op - sorted and you will all get your Xmas bonuses. Make it HD if you want to no one cares.
  • Redeater - August 19, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    Fact: Diablo 1 & 2 are great. Fact: In both games pretty much all you use is left click. Fact: Anyone bitching about losing ANYTHING during the conversion is either a troll or just doesn't want console gamers to get in on their fun. That being said there is no good reason not to put this on the 360 or PS3.....or wii (HAH!). I find it is easier to play online games with friends using consoles rather then PC.
  • LuketheJuke24 - August 19, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    @shadowreaper72 Honestly, gameplay videos of these games don't do the actual game justice. It may look like they're simply clicking monsters, but there's no much exploration, customization, and strategy in Diablo games that it's really hard to show with just videos. I suggest picking up diablo 2 (you can get it for very cheap now but it's still a fantastic game) and trying it out before you judge it.
  • CommandantOreo - August 19, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    You`d still probably have to have an active internet connection to play on consoles. Fuck Diablo. No game should ever force internetz. Internet is a new concept for many people, and is completely unfair to people without it.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - August 19, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Hmm, I would totally play this on a console.
  • spawny0908 - August 19, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    I'd buy it! I never played Diablo (don't own a gaming worthy PC) but I heard that it's a loot whoring game in a nutshell. I love loot whoring in games so this is right up my alley!
  • rene9aaade - August 19, 2011 7 p.m.

    I signed up so i can comment on this article this is a dream come true literally. Plz make this happen Warcraft is my favorite series of all time and followed by mgs then diablo if the console audience could get the oppurtunity to taste the greatness of blizzard U VE GOT UR GOTY
  • db1331 - August 19, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Torchlight 2 is looking much more fun that Diablo 3 nowadays.
  • bradmillow0 - August 19, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    I never played the first two but I really am looking forward to this one. It would be even better to have it on consoles, since I am mostly a console gamer. Regardless I will buy it though.
  • shadowreaper72 - August 19, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    Judging by the gameplay vdieos, it looks like a very crappy game anyway so whatever.
  • MotokoAramaki - August 19, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    Been wanting a new console Diablo for a long time, and it had better be effin offline co-op. Don't dangle the idea in front of my face if you don't have the balls to do it, Blizzard.

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