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gamevet 01-13-2012 09:15 PM

Diablo 3 is coming to consoles.


Originally Posted by arstechnica
A console version of the much-anticipated Diablo 3 has been rumored for quite some time, due in no small part to developer Blizzard admitting back in September that it was experimenting with a console version of the game. Now, according to a tweet from a Blizzard community manager, it looks like Diablo 3 on consoles is all but confirmed.

In response to an inquiry from a fan via Twitter, which asked simply "can you confirm or deny Diablo 3 coming to consoles?" community manager "Bashiok" responded "Yup. Josh Mosqueira is lead designer for the Diablo console project." More specific details have yet to be announced.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mosqueira has been working as a lead game designer at Blizzard since last May, and prior to that worked on the unreleased Far Cry 3 at Ubisoft and served as a lead designer on games like Company of Heroes and Homeworld 2 at Relic. When Blizzard first revealed that it was looking at bringing the role playing game to consoles, director Jay Wilson said that the game actually felt better in some ways with a controller, as opposed to a mouse and keyboard.

"One of the reasons why we're exploring the idea of a console version of Diablo 3 is because we feel that the controls and the style of the game lend itself to a console," he said. "With some of our early experiments in putting a direct control scheme into the game via a 360-like analogue controller, I've [thought] 'Oh this feels even better, with direct control...'"

I'm sort of torn on this one. My PC is definitely more powerful than my PS3 and 360, but I like playing console games while sitting on the couch. If this game is optimized for PC, I may go that route, plus I'd like to throw a bone towards PC publishers, since the platform isn't getting a lot of love lately.

Muffin Militia 03-11-2012 06:45 AM

Re: Diablo 3 is coming to consoles.
Hmh, I am personally still worried about this. In order to deliver the same game on both PC and console, they must do some compromises and I am afraid that this might not be the traditional Diablo- experience I was expecting. There have been many changes which worry me though (primarily removing a lot of the customization, because "everyone googles the best build anyways").

While I still have high hopes, I expect that Diablo 3 will not blow me away.

Also, who thought that removing the ability to pause a single-player game was a good idea?

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