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.