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Posted by on Mar 27, 2012

The Exploration of Diablo III on Consoles Continues, says Blizzard

The Exploration of Diablo III on Consoles Continues, says Blizzard

According to a couple things Blizzard’s COO Paul Sams said, Diablo III on a console might really happen. No, really. Seriously.

It’s not for financial reasons either. Rather, it’s because it feels natural. “We’re continuing to explore [Diablo III on consoles],” said Sams in an interview with CVG. “We think that the way we built it for the PC may need some tweaking, but 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.

“We get a lot of questions about why we haven’t made a game for consoles before and I tell them the same thing I tell them about business models: we don’t let business models or platforms drive our decisions. Those are secondary to what’s the most important aspect for us which is the gameplay.”

In this case, Diablo III‘s gameplay would work well on a console. But first thing’s first — the game must be something gamers want to play. We’re sure Blizzard knows that’s already a non-issue for this dungeon-crawler sequel.

“We have to make sure the game is great and it’s something that everyone wants to play,” said Sams. “If we provide a great game, a great experience, the business model — if we’re being fair with you — will work.

“Same with the console; we don’t decide up front that we want to make a console product. 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, and we don’t have to make any meaningful alterations or compromises to the experience, we’d make it for both.”

So what’s holding them back? Requirements, specifically platform holder requirements. Always those damn requirements. Jumping through hoops will always pose a problem, but Sams said that if the end justifies the means, then it should be done.

“Well, honestly, that certainly is an impactful part of the decision,” said Sams. “If I’ve got to jump through 17 different hoops and pay a lot more money to be on a console, that causes you to pause. But that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t do it if we thought we could deliver a Blizzard-quality product on the platform and it was right for the game in question.

“That’s why we’re looking at it for Diablo III; we think that we can have a really exciting and compelling experience that will play well on console in addition to PC We do feel it’s an exciting opportunity. If we feel we can have a game on multiple platforms, then we’ll do it. We’re not afraid to — that’s for sure!”

And we hope Blizzard isn’t afraid to jump through hoops for big time fans. Diablo III has looked amazing thus far, and with its impending release date on May 15th, PC gamers’ console brethren will probably feel…well, demonically depressed and left out. Spread the love, Blizzard. Please?

Via CVG.

Tabitha W.

Best known for her dumb ass antics on Twitter, Tabs likes to play a lot of games, especially if it involves copious amounts of assassins, swords, and hot cyborgs. She also likes a lot of coffee, and requires a weekly cupcake sacrifice. Don't forget the bacon.

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  1. No. Don’t release it for consoles, it isn’t a kids game in the first place. It’s time to grow up and get a computer, period. Don’t like it? Suck it the fuck up.

    • Some people are unable to afford high grade computers. I’m leaving for college yet I prefer consoles. Also most of my freinds play on consoles and I’d prefer not to pay a lot of money when I have a good enough experience right here.
      Also by releasing on console they will get better sales which might provide future benifits in terms of DLC. Your statement is very rude and closeminde. I also honestly don’t see the issue you have with a conolse release either.

    • You assume everyone has spare money to throw around and buy a good gaming PC when the fact of the matter is for some people, a console is the only financially viable option. Also, you saying it isn’t a kids game seems like you are assuming all console players are children. Go and learn something rather than being a total PC fanboy.

      • you assume it requires a lot to run the game. the game was designed to be light on the computers to allow more people the ability to run it. I have friends running it on computers that i built for them for $400.

    • “It’s not for financial reasons either. Rather, it’s because it feels natural”.

      “we don’t let business models or platforms drive our decisions”.

      Maybe 10 years ago Blizzard. Nice try.

    • Oh crap your right… I bought this for PC back in april(preorder) Made sure it was Collectors Edition too, I wouldn’t mind seeing it on a console but…. If some little 10 year old picks it up and plays I would fucking lose it. I’m 16 But i grew up with diablo 2, And Diablo 3 is an amazing great game.

    • Not everyone is a nerd/loser like you who spends $1000 on a gaming PC. Xbox 360 is king bro. Go throw your PC down the well. You are a sad excuse for a person by saying that console gaming is for kids. The stupid Wii console may be for kids dumbass…but not all of them are.

  2. Ah, of course, because only “kids” play consoles, right? The main thing humorous about that statement is it completely ignores the fact that every console company has branched into the adult demographic quite successfully in the last decade or so, and now there are actually console-exclusives that PC gamers want, instead of the other way around.

    And PC ports are usually thrown out there. For instance, a great example is the Resident Evil series. PC versions of each game used to not even be a given, and if they were ever made at all, it took years for them to be published. Now, take a look at RE 5 and REORC. Capcom even mentioned PC release for RE 6, and it doesn’t come out until Q4 of 2012.

    Hate to break it to you, friend, but the gap between each side of the gaming market has been closing for years. If you’re strictly a PC gamer, that’s well and good, but don’t be an ass and call those who diversify and/or prefer a console experience “kids”. I guarantee you that there are numerous console games that rightfully earn an “M” rating, and as much as I love Diablo, would make it look like K to A in comparison.

    Ownage delivered,

  3. Actually, I’m an avid PC gamer, loved both Diablo and Diablo 2, and I look forward to a console port. I remember the Diablo console port for the original playstation. While I loved Diablo on computer, Diablo on playstation was even better. Why? Co-op! At that time, it was revolutionary and made the game that much better. I must have spent at least 40 hours with my brother romping our way to Diablo.

    With that said, I feel that while some aspect of console ports can inhibit PC games/innovation, I think that all-in-all, it actually helps gaming in the long run. If PC gamers want publishers to pour the money into their platform (which we all want), then PC gamers need to actually buy the games. Piracy killed and continues to kill PC gaming. Blizzard has remained true to PC gamers, but they have done it through DRM. Given the fact that everyone is whining about DRM and the way Diablo 3 is setup online, it only tells me that even Blizzard sees the writing on the wall: either a PC game is a monthly subscription or it will be a financial failure in comparison to its console brethren.

  4. I think it might be a good idea just because there are people out there that there computer cant even come close to running the game i had to spend about $250 to get my computer up to par to even run diablo 3 at medium graphics.

  5. Omg!!! Can you imagine Diablo III on my Ps Vita???? whould be so nice!!! ofcourse if it’s relaced on vita :( i hope so, if is relaced on ps3 can be for vita too!!!!
    fortunately i have both, my pc sucks so i cant play Diablo III on it i hope Diablo comming to consoles!!!!

  6. Well, D3 does feel like a console port anyway.

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