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Diablo III: Xbox 360/PS3 versions "can really make sense," says Blizzard

Blizzard still hasn't made any official announcement regarding the potential console release of Diablo III, but the company's “continuing to explore” the option, promises Blizzard COO Paul Sams. Should the company break a longtime computer-only streak with the title, “it will ultimately be the type of game that can really make sense and be really fun, well polished and a true Blizzard-level experience on a console,” Sams told CVG.

Blizzard hasn't had a console release since 1997's The Lost Vikings 2 (which, for the record, is a pretty high note on which to leave the field). The first Diablo saw a PS1 port courtesy of Climax Group and publisher EA, but the series has been mouse-and-keys-only since then. Sams says this isn't due to any aversion on Blizzard's part: “We just want to make a great game. If the best experience involves a mouse and a keyboard, we'll put it on PC. If it plays better with a controller, that's the route we'd take. If it works on both... we'd make it for both."

“We think that we can have a really exciting and compelling experience that will play well on console in addition to PC,” says Sams. With the Diablo III release date confirmed for May, the company's preoccupied mainly with the game's initial debut – but don't be surprised to hear more about potential ports soon.

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16 comments

  • bryon-erikson - April 20, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    Computer only my cheeks the original diablo made it to the ps1
  • stitchjones - March 27, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    PS3 and 360 are aging consoles, it would not be wise of Blizzard to release a version of D3 for the current console hardware. It would be best served waiting till the next generation and attack it as a launch title.
  • ParagonT - March 27, 2012 6:29 a.m.

    Hmmmm, very nice. I don't really understand some complaints on the matter of it "hurting" the "PC gamers". Obviously they are going to sell to the platform that will gain profits and play the game well. If they are confident enough to say that they have made it able to perform well with consoles, then why would we prevent that? That's just another product that gains a farther reach in the market, it helps the developers (unless your just worried about the PC). They already said something of the like in the article. “We just want to make a great game. If the best experience involves a mouse and a keyboard, we'll put it on PC. If it plays better with a controller, that's the route we'd take. If it works on both... we'd make it for both." To be honest, I'll most likely buy this for the PC, but that doesn't mean that if there is a profit to be gained on the console, that they should not pursue it and bring the franchise to other gamers. Instead of thinking of this as a war, people need to think of this as an opportunity for all gamers, not just a select few.
  • KnowYourPokemon - March 27, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    I have absolutely no problem with Diablo 3 getting a console version, though I do wish they would go about it more in the way CDprojekt went with the witcher 2. Instead of changing the PC version of Diablo 3 to show the implementations of the console version keep the PC version like it should be and then worry about how the console version works. Not trying to mush the two together.
  • ParagonT - March 27, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    Yeah, I don't think they should have a singular focus then try and replicate it to the other platform. I do want them to both evenly work on both platforms, in two different focuses mind you, so that each can live up to its potential without having shortcomings due to one another. I would rather them work on both at once rather that focus on the first, then try and force fit it to another platform. Most likely although, they are going to focus more on the platform they believe will be the majority of their players, which is PC. But you never know, next time around consoles may be their main focus.
  • CowCatapult - March 27, 2012 2:17 a.m.

    MORE MONEY YEEEAAAAHHHH
  • icky2049 - March 27, 2012 1:46 a.m.

    OP forgot to mention Star craft on N64. I really liked that game. split screen matches were fun but super unfair. haha
  • espenrio - March 27, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    Yeah, I was wondering why he left that out, maybe because Blizzard wasn't in charge of porting it?
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - March 27, 2012 1:40 a.m.

    Rage harder, little hipsters. I'll be buying this on pc, because I prefer having the ability to switch from diablo to porn in the blink of an eye. But I'm glad console owners will also be able to play this game.
  • Longnuts - March 30, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    My computer is next to the TV that my consoles are hooked to. I can game and watch porn simultaneously. You have to minimize, I don't.
  • martin-rodriguez - March 26, 2012 11:20 p.m.

    Infinity Ward, Bioware, Crytek, DICE, CD Projekt Red... And so it continues. I swear gaming as we know it (constant better graphics, superior story telling, quality DLC etc) are going to hell so fast Robot Devil can't handle it all lol. I will give one dev this tho, DICE did a great job on BF3 once they got it all patched out, it truly feels and looks next gen on PC. I thought the story was better than MW.. more realistic
  • igothitwithabulb - March 27, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    CD Projekt Red's graphics are going to hell? I think you may be a bit delusional on that one.
  • gondarpwns - March 26, 2012 9:43 p.m.

    I encourage this it wont hurt pc gaming. It will help Consoles. Pc gaming is Blizz's #1 priority, if you choose to prove me wrong find 1 example, but look at Torchlight or Crimson Alliance. Both games like Diablo and they function well on a Console. I have high hopes for this
  • goggamanxp - March 26, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    If any of you guys played the beta for Diablo 3? And I don't mean when the beta first started, I mean, have you played it in the past month or so? If you have, then you would notice the changes to the controls in the game that have been obviously changed for the possibility of a console port. I think that if they do this, then they may end up making games on console first, then port it over to PC, hurting the PC market
  • ncurry2 - March 26, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    I wouldn't care to see it on the PS3 or 360. On the WiiU though... there's an idea-er.
  • IceBlueKirby - March 26, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    I wouldn't mind a console port, but I've been playing more PC games as of late, so either one would suit me just fine. I certainly wouldn't hold out on buying the PC version to get the console port, but if they announce one before the PC version comes out, I'll have a bit more trouble deciding.

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