Blizzard considering Diablo 3-related game for consoles

By on November 17, 2010, 8:46 AM
Speculation went rampant earlier this week when Blizzard Entertainment advertised several positions under its "Diablo III" official site that appear to relate to the development of the highly anticipated RPG for home consoles. Specifically, the post called for a lead designer, lead programmer and senior producer with prior experience in console game development as well as experience with shipping or porting multi-platform games.

Looking to alleviate any concerns of a further delay on the PC side to accommodate a console release, the publisher has now come forward with an update clarifying that position advert is indicative only of the their interest in exploring the possibility of a “Diablo-related concept for consoles” and that it shouldn’t be interpreted as an announcement. If they take the console plunge it seems they will approach it as an original development, possibly a spinoff set in the same universe, and not just a port of the PC title that may ultimately suffer in terms of gameplay.

Blizzard also noted explicitly that they are “first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac and don’t intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game.”

Blizzard has primarily stuck to PC based development for its recent projects, but the publisher has had some experience with console titles as well -- the original Diablo was released for the PlayStation in 1998, for example, while StarCraft 64 made its way onto Nintendo’s last cartridge based console. The company has previously said it will return to console game development at some point, it simply wants to make the right game for the right platform.

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TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I wouldn't mind a console spin off. Diablo for the PS was a fun game.

And it sounds hopeful that they wouldn't hold up D3 for so I'm game.

Superpeter Superpeter said:

They shouldnt be scared of more money, just don't break the original bread and butter formula

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I agree with Superpeter, As long as they absolutely do not hinder the PC development in anyway, sure why not release a console version.

Blizzard sound fairly convincing when they make statements like that,

On the other hand crytek have tried to say a similar thing about crysis2, some how, i don't trust there word.

Hope they prove me wrong though!

Guest said:

Cheers Activision..


Proofix said:

Crist finish the bloody game for PC... b4 you hype ppl for Console !!-_-

Guest said:

Blizzard, dont! consoles dont give us pc users good games, so dont give it to them! kill console, PC FTW!!!!

lchu12 lchu12 said:

It's all good, as long as they release quality products.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

i don't care for in the end i'll buy a PC version ...yet if it remains exclusive to PC would be better for i don't want hardware limitations.


Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I could see them developing something along the lines of a God of War like game but in the Diablo Universe which thinking about it could be amazing. Shoot, they tried something like that before with Starcraft Ghost a third person stealth game which if it ever came out would be amazing. I just don't see Blizzard dropping support for their core PC franchises, and more likely them wanting to expand into more mainstream genres which could be great if the quality is still alive.

Kayden Kayden said:

Can't say I didn't see this coming sadly......I just hope they don't put this first over the PC development and make it a port to the PC.

HiDDeNMisT HiDDeNMisT said:

I dont think if they make a console version would be as good as the PC version.

gingerbill said:

It's obvious they would make console games , it makes sense . Obviously i hope they focus on PC as there main focus , and as long as it doesnt ruin there PC games then fair enough. Blizzard make great games and it would be sad to lose them to console's but i dont think/ hope that will happen.

Diablo is a game that would suit console and xboxlive/PS3N . Cant wait for D3 on PC , if its as good as SC2 i will be very happy.

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