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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:00am 16/11/10 | 32 Comments
Further to the report below that Blizzard are expanding, Gamasutra points out that Diablo III may be heading to consoles as the company recently posted a number of positions under Diablo III for console-specific designers. Though the Diablo III community page clarified the postings.
We’re exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles and are currently looking to fill a few senior console-related positions on the Diablo III team. As we’ve said in the past, with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we’re interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project. If you’re passionate about all things Diablo and have the requisite skill and experience, then head over to our jobs site to check out the positions and apply.

Please note that this is not an announcement of a console title. We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don’t intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game.
Interesting. At BlizzCon, AusGamers asked the 'console question' in our interview with lead world designer, Leonard Boyarski, who responded with:

"We've talked about it, I mean it's something that, you know, out of all the games that we've done as a company, it just seems like the most obvious. But right now we're just concentrating on the Mac and PC version of the game. But everyone says it, and you said it too, it's the most obvious one... but right now we have enough on our plate finishing this one (laughs)."

Take all of that as you will, but I'd venture it's confirmation we'll see Diablo in some form on consoles in the not-too-distant future.





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Eorl
Posted 10:32am 16/11/10
No. Don't Blizzard. Please. You and Valve are the only ones left for PC development. Please don't. If Blizzard goes console, then who knows what's gonna happen to the quality of their titles.
Articuz
Posted 10:34am 16/11/10
NO! please god no.. It will ruin the exclusivity that it brings to the PC.
Besides who honestly wants to play Diablo on a console?
Dan
Posted 11:05am 16/11/10
No. Don't Blizzard. Please. You and Valve are the only ones left for PC development.
All of Valve's recent titles have been ported to consoles. I don't see the issue, they're obviously still committed to PC first and foremost.

Action RPGs are a good fit for consoles, the only real hurdle is inventory navigation and that could be worked around with enough of a focused effort which there's no reason to be suggest that Blizzard wouldn't. When was the last time they released an underpolished product? (You can criticise StarCraft 2 for it's bullish regionalisation etc, but hard to deny that it's polished as all hell).
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:05am 16/11/10
I hardly think they're going to "go console" simply because they're thinking about Diablo in some form on the consoles. Of all their titles, Diablo seems the best fit for the console market, and so I think it's a good thing.

There's no way they're going to jump ship to the console market, they are primarily a PC developer, and hiring console people proves this
Lithium
Posted 11:05am 16/11/10
Maybe Blizzard purchased all that new office space for producing console games
Damo
Posted 11:16am 16/11/10
http://au.gamespot.com/ps/rpg/diablo/index.html

Diablo was release on PS..So it can be done, but meh.. I can't stand consoles, so I wouldn't care.
Brad
Posted 01:34pm 16/11/10
Diablo was pretty sweet 2-Player share screen. Until your sorcerer friend spams chain lightning and you die.
paveway
Posted 01:44pm 16/11/10
yeh first time i came across diablo was on the playstation 1
Hogfather
Posted 01:48pm 16/11/10
Baldur's Gate co-op on the PS2 was f***en AWESOME.
casa
Posted 02:20pm 16/11/10
diablo is one of those rare pc games i'd probably enjoy more smashing out on my couch - would be good if you could play cross-platform
Mantorok
Posted 02:31pm 16/11/10
If Blizzard goes console, then who knows what's gonna happen to the quality of their titles.
Like when they made The Lost Vikings, Rock N' Roll Racing, and Blackthorne on consoles before Warcraft or Diablo even existed?

last edited by Mantorok at 14:31:37 16/Nov/10
Hogfather
Posted 02:31pm 16/11/10
No. Don't Blizzard. Please. You and Valve are the only ones left for PC development. Please don't. If Blizzard goes console, then who knows what's gonna happen to the quality of their titles.



StarCraft was relelased on Nintendo 64. The sequel didn't seem to suffer much.
Sc00bs
Posted 06:09pm 16/11/10
haha the graphics are so crisp and mind blowing
Thundercracker
Posted 06:37pm 16/11/10
I would support such an endeavor if done properly, and I'm pretty confidant that blizz would either do it properly or not at all.
Eorl
Posted 09:13pm 16/11/10
Yes I know previous titles from those 2 primary PC developers have been on consoles. I should have re-iterated my post in saying that I'm worried PC development of a title will suffer for more support to console. I know it's selfish, but it's not acceptable when a company decides to lazily transfer a console port to pc and change some of the code. It brings a ridiculous amount of bugs, and just doesn't work at times.

I just hope they maintain just as much focus on PC titles as they will do for console titles in the future. Valve do that perfectly, so hopefully Blizzard can follow them.
MoSFXx
Posted 09:19pm 16/11/10
We’re exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles


o_0 might even be something completely different from Diablo III altogether...
slamma
Posted 04:14pm 18/11/10
who cares as long as the tiltle's are good.blizz is making them so odd's are pretty good
glynd
Posted 05:30pm 18/11/10
I would support such an endeavor if done properly, and I'm pretty confidant that blizz would either do it properly or not at all.


.

case example is starcraft ghost. it's either going to be great or just not be released.

as long as it's on PC i'll be happy. some cross platform would make me happier.
oddjob
Posted 08:39pm 18/11/10
oh no-Dont tell me blizzard is going multiplatiform,it will be a sad day
Door
Posted 08:43pm 18/11/10
They already have, you short annoying man.
Pinky
Posted 10:40pm 18/11/10
Baldur's Gate co-op on the PS2 was f***en AWESOME.

*taps fingertips*

Might be time to dust it off, never played it. Might be a good one for the missus and I to bash through.
TicMan
Posted 10:44pm 18/11/10
Hopefully they allow cross-platform multiplayer. All the cries of console noobs being smashed by PC players makes me sleep better at night.
Crakaveli
Posted 10:44pm 18/11/10
or skip the foreplay and just bash your missus
Ryan
Posted 02:11am 21/11/10
I smell a Diablo spin off. Like StarCraft Ghost (even though that was Nihilistic Studios).
Being a PC gamer at heart and a console hater ever-so-passionately, I find myself not caring. It may even tempt me towards a PS3 (being a hardcore Blizzard fan and Kingdom Hearts sequels are bound to end up there anyway).
There's so little possibility that Blizz will start blowing off PC for the console market. Considering ALL their market is on the PC, it'd take one hell of a game + huge marketing campaign to get a decent console crowd. Plus they're all busy playing Halo and CoD.
And they've said "We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don’t intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game." and i've seen somewhere else another comment on how they're PC devs fo' life, we got nothing to worry about!

... on another note, this new IP they're developing?
Console. Defs.
Bobby Kotick walked into the Blizzard offices and didn't see an Xbox and had a massive fit.
After calming himself down through a box of doughnuts, he told them to make a console title.


How do I know this? It happened to Crytek. Valve. Dice.

RIP PC GAMING





(By the way I get technical when i'm off my face)
Crakaveli
Posted 02:49am 21/11/10
RIP PC GAMING


Oh shut the f*** up

casa
Posted 02:56pm 21/11/10
fine and dandy saying that ryan, but blizzard dont make the calls, activision make the calls, and activision love money
Mordecai
Posted 03:51pm 21/11/10
Baldur's Gate co-op on the PS2 was f***en AWESOME.

Completely different game to the PC version by BioWare though wasn't it? Never had a PS2 so never played it.
Basket
Posted 04:25pm 21/11/10
pc gaming isn't going anywhere holy f*** shut the f*** up.
Mantorok
Posted 04:31pm 21/11/10
Completely different game to the PC version by BioWare though wasn't it? Never had a PS2 so never played it.
Yeah, it was a dungeon-crawler like Diablo.
Hogfather
Posted 04:43pm 21/11/10
Completely different game to the PC version by BioWare though wasn't it? Never had a PS2 so never played it.

Yeh its an action-RPG rather than a pure RPG. It was one of the few games that really nailed co-op on the PS2.

details link they also made a sequel so there's lots of game in the series.

Also see Champions of Norrath which uses the same engine (although the EverQuest world rather than DND).
Jav
Posted 12:46am 04/12/10
Champions of Norrath was an awesome co-op action RPG. Vote YES. Although both games(Baldur's Gate on PS2 and Champions of Norrath) did successfully make the co-op element in a game like that work, Champions is a lot better, then again, it did come out later.

Oh, and I vote yes Diablo 3 on console, although if it doesn't happen, I won't be ragequiting or nothin'. What about the people who can't afford computers to play a game they've been waiting for since they were 9 or so.
masta_blasta
Posted 11:22pm 04/12/10
Considering they pretty much started out on console (Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing), I don't really think it's a big issue for them to restart some console development.

In face it'd be good to see them do some new IPs on console, or update some of the old/forgotten ones (an updated version of RnR racing would be sweet).
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