Diablo III: PS3, Xbox 360 exclusive fears on console

By Alan Ng - Jan 11, 2012

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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