Diablo III: PS3, Xbox 360 exclusive fears on console

By Posted 11 Jan 2012, 14:41

We have a bombshell piece of news to bring to Xbox 360 and PS3 users now, as to our surprise, Blizzard Entertainment has just confirmed that a console version of upcoming PC game Diablo III is also in the pipeline.

We would expect such an announcement to be reserved for E3, but the actual source of the news come from none other than Twitter. Micah Whiple, moremore commonly known as Bashiok is Blizzard’s Community Manager, and he said this on Twitter recently in response to a user question asking for the straight answer on whether Diablo 3 would be coming to consoles.

His reply was: ”Yup. Josh Mosqueira is lead designer for the Diablo console project.”

So there we have it in black and white, Diablo III is coming to consoles. We hope by the end of the year too. Obviously the guys at Blizzard are working hard on the PC version of the game as a priority, a game which is scheduled to release in the first half of 2012. Towards the end of last year, a closed beta began for the game and as far as we’re aware remains open for a select number of gamers.

While it is fantastic news that Diablo 3 is headed to consoles, Blizzard has obviously remained silent on which platforms will be included. Will the PS3, Xbox 360 and possibly even the Nintendo Wii U all get a console version of Diablo III? One thing that we hope doesn’t happen is console exclusivity, as most of you will be aware that Blizzard Entertainment are a subsidiary of Activision, and it is fairly obvious which platform they prefer at the moment.

How would you feel if Diablo 3 ended up as an Xbox 360 exclusive? It certainly wouldn’t go down well with PS3 owners who are interested in trying out the popular Diablo franchise. Hopefully we’re not tempting fate, but considering that exclusivity still happens frequently with almost every new game release (FFXIII-2 on Xbox 360 for example), we definitely wouldn’t rule this out from happening.

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  • Dynasty2021

    As long as the PC version is developed first, and it becomes like Mass Effect was where it was on one system then released on another like a year later, then fine.

    I can see the console version being relatively successful, but this is a PC game.  You better keep it that way damn it. 

    Blizzard would be literally destroying their own company’s reputation if they prioritised Diablo for the consoles over the PC, PC gamers would die in fits of outrage, but Blizzard would keep going financially due to the worst, industry-destroying disease in gaming: consolitis.

    Why devs cant take Deus Ex Human Revolution as an example of how a PC game can be made for consoles AND PC is beyond me.  The PC version didnt feel like it was too console…ized, a little here and there, but they made the UI for the PC differently etc. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196194483 Kevin Mercado

    Hear me now Activision you must take Diablo 3 to the console where  consumer are willing to pay for things & not expect everything free.

  • RynoII

    360 won’t happen for 3 reasons, 1. blizzard doesn’t want to pay out the ass for updates as microsoft charges for each mb and the one thing thats kept diablo 2 alive this long is updates so unless the xbox users want to use an outdated version months after release it wont happen… 2. the ability to play with pc is virtually impossible on xbox unless they charge pc users a monthly fee like xbox live which is 100% not happening, and 3. blizzard has experience with both sony and nintendo (diablo 1 and starcraft on ps1 and n64) and both offer something xbox cant…the ability to use mouse and keyboard

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196194483 Kevin Mercado

      why i say it can happen is cause MS is looking to booster their exclusives & are willing to make the changes needed , plus they know kotick likes money & they have a fatcheck book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leesangdo 이상도

    i dont think its possible in console and this is another fake news, first said february 1st going to be released the game and now talking another bs news what the hell 4 console no one in this world fan of diablo’s games gonna like this believe me, maybe it’s possible but i dont think it’s gonna be better than pc… there are to many commands 4 example in d2 u teleport and use hammer with paladin and put the concentration on with hammer at the same time u cant do that in console 4 sure, and sorceress u cant teleport and use the same time blizzard or frozen orb … no more fake news please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dragonhart45 Rhy Buccahan

    Ho ho ho ho ho…My dream about to happen

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