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Blizzard Hasn't Given Up on Diablo 3 for Consoles

By - Source: Polygon | B 30 comments

Blizzard is still "experimenting" with consoles although we're betting the studio is getting the popular game ready as a next-generation launch title.

Talk about Diablo 3 possibly heading to consoles has been around since before the game hit the PC and Mac earlier this year. Blizzard also really hasn't kept it a secret, saying that the company is experimenting with the idea as it hires on extra help to explore the option. Blizzard is still not officially ready to talk about the project, but the latest report claims the popular action-RPG is up and running on unspecified consoles.

"We're still kind of exploring it," Blizzard executive Rob Pardo told Polygon. "We've got builds up and running on it. We're hoping to get it far enough along where we can make it an official project, but we're not quite ready to release stuff about it, but it's looking pretty cool."

Diablo 3 lead designer Jay Wilson added to the tease, saying that the team is still exploring the console options while also expanding and adding onto the game, indicating that they are also likely working on an expansion pack for the PC and Mac version as hinted by Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime back in November.

"The whole team is essentially working on the next big Diablo thing," Wilson said. "A lot of that stuff will show up next year at some point."

Could Diablo 3 be heading to the Xbox Infinity and PlayStation 4? There's a definite possibility, especially in the case of Microsoft's next Windows 8-friendly console which is slated for a 3Q/4Q 2013 release. A console version of Diablo 3 – with the unannounced expansion pack already intact – would be an excellent launch title, but how the game would interact with both Xbox Live and Battle.net is still up in the air.

In addition to the console talk, Jay Wislon said that patch v1.05 for Diablo 3 was by far the best received update yet. "When it came out, we saw a big uptick in the number of people playing but mainly we just got really good feedback from the community and that's what we always look for," Wilson said.

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    thecolorblue , December 12, 2012 12:21 AM
    it's a terrible game...

    optimized around a real-money auction house... tuned to encourage you to spend money... not tuned to make the game enjoyable.

    and it's failing... so who cares.
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    QEFX , December 12, 2012 12:46 AM
    After years of crappy console games being ported to PCs, its time to return the favor. :) 
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    tomfreak , December 12, 2012 5:06 AM
    Blizzard dumbed down Diablo 3 = Facepalm
    Blizzard add RMAH to Diablo 3 = Double Facepalm
    Blizzard considers Diablo 3 on console = Triple Facepalm
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    dudewitbow , December 12, 2012 12:05 AM
    I'm surprised Blizzard wouldn't consider using the wiiu tablet, as I would think it would be absolutely useful for rts oriented birds eye games for inventory and skill management.
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    raven2510 , December 12, 2012 12:09 AM
    dudewitbowI'm surprised Blizzard wouldn't consider using the wiiu tablet, as I would think it would be absolutely useful for rts oriented birds eye games for inventory and skill management.

    Wouldn't surprise me if it can't run it, thats why. The WiiU is about the same as the 360 & the PS3 power wise.
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    SneakySnake , December 12, 2012 12:13 AM
    raven2510Wouldn't surprise me if it can't run it, thats why. The WiiU is about the same as the 360 & the PS3 power wise.


    It's capable of a lot more then the 360 and PS3. It has a slower CPU, but it's GPU is significantly faster, and it has 2 GB's of RAM, compared to the xbox's 512 MB, and the PS3's 256+256
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    mpd , December 12, 2012 12:15 AM
    Where is the promised PVP?

    If they could spare the time looking for more players, at least make your words count.
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    thecolorblue , December 12, 2012 12:21 AM
    it's a terrible game...

    optimized around a real-money auction house... tuned to encourage you to spend money... not tuned to make the game enjoyable.

    and it's failing... so who cares.
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    kinggraves , December 12, 2012 12:43 AM
    raven2510Wouldn't surprise me if it can't run it, thats why. The WiiU is about the same as the 360 & the PS3 power wise.


    D3 isn't exactly a graphical powerhouse either. The ps3 and XBox could probably still run it. The issue is more about the fact the Wii U is not going to be as easy to port a PC title to as a Microsoft system would be. I doubt Nintendo would be interested in sharing their network with battle.net either.

    Yes it would be a sensible fit, even if it did mean scaling back the graphics. The gamepad would work well with D3 or an RTS. That would also take a special programming effort that Blizzard would not bother with. It takes far too much effort for lazy devs to port something to the Wii U.

    But I do like how Tom's copypasters always neglect to mention the Wii U when talking about "next gen consoles." A system even matching what current gen is doing and still runs a second screen is still next gen guys, especially when the other companies are planning on copying it.
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    QEFX , December 12, 2012 12:46 AM
    After years of crappy console games being ported to PCs, its time to return the favor. :) 
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    lpedraja2002 , December 12, 2012 12:49 AM
    Diablo 3 can run on an Intel HD 3000 so running on a console is no problem. The problem is Blizzard made a pathetic game with Diablo 3, their priorities are not what it used to be and If they're venturing into the console market I will stop giving a crap about Blizzard because I will probably not be buying anymore of their games. Their only chance in my book is if they release Warcraft 4 and make it phenomenal.
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    alidan , December 12, 2012 12:49 AM
    how incopetent are blizzard...

    champions of norath
    champions return to arms
    the balders gate games
    there was a launch title game like this for the ps3

    seriously, these games are almost better on the console than on the computer, control wise, you have to be a complete screw up to not be able to get this out yet...

    tone some of the graphics down, and ship it on the console it IS NOT THAT HARD.

    and i am takeing this from the prospective that they are a company with 100's of employees, many of which can code, so dont tell me that if you think you can do better do it yourself crap, fact is they are a massive company and fail to exploit one area where their game would thrive is beyond retarded at this point.
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    bebangs , December 12, 2012 1:00 AM
    I bet there wouldnt be an offline version
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    Formata , December 12, 2012 1:51 AM
    For any fans of Diablo 2... that were sorely disappointed by Diablo 3. I recommend taking a look at Torchlight 2. Loving that game :) 
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    dudewitbow , December 12, 2012 2:13 AM
    FormataFor any fans of Diablo 2... that were sorely disappointed by Diablo 3. I recommend taking a look at Torchlight 2. Loving that game

    if anything, people interested in D1 and D2 need to look at Marvel Heroes, which has the original developer for D1 and D2 David Breivik basically making it the soul successor game to the series.
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    bryonhowley , December 12, 2012 2:23 AM
    After really looking forward to Diablo 3 and then finding it online only I passed on it. Until I can play a single player game as a single player game I will not be getting Diablo 3.
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    mousseng , December 12, 2012 2:26 AM
    dudewitbowif anything, people interested in D1 and D2 need to look at Marvel Heroes, which has the original developer for D1 and D2 David Breivik basically making it the soul successor game to the series.

    Humorously enough, Torchlight 2's developers also worked on D1 and D2. Max and Erich Schaefer founded Runic Games.
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    shikamaru31789 , December 12, 2012 2:51 AM
    SneakySnakeIt's capable of a lot more then the 360 and PS3. It has a slower CPU, but it's GPU is significantly faster, and it has 2 GB's of RAM, compared to the xbox's 512 MB, and the PS3's 256+256

    Don't forget that 1 of it's 2 GB's is unusable by games. And while I agree that the GPU is better than the 360's or PS3's, it seems to me that the fact that the CPU is slower would bottleneck the GPU in most situations. That seems to be the case, as several developers have commented on how the CPU is bottlenecking the system. I'm sure that certain developers will take the time to work around that limitation, making games that are less CPU intensive and more GPU intensive, but whether or not Blizzard will is the question. The minimum for Diablo 3 is a Pentium D I believe. I'm still rocking an archaic D in my PC, and I'm fairly certain that it's still better than the 360 and PS3's processors, so if the Wii U's CPU is even slower than the 360 and PS3, it seems to me like it would prevent Diablo 3 from working on the Wii without some serious optimizations. Just my opinion though, I'm no game designer.
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    surt@uga , December 12, 2012 3:42 AM


    moussengHumorously enough, Torchlight 2's developers also worked on D1 and D2. Max and Erich Schaefer founded Runic Games.


    And all 3, Brevik & the Schaefers were basically management on D2. They really made D1. D2 was a product of the people further down the credits.
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    btdude6 , December 12, 2012 4:45 AM
    FormataFor any fans of Diablo 2... that were sorely disappointed by Diablo 3. I recommend taking a look at Torchlight 2. Loving that game

    Same here, bought I and II on Steam and would pay again, they`re great!
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    NuclearShadow , December 12, 2012 4:55 AM
    I had Diablo for the PS1 and I must say it played quite great. I preferred the PC version of course but whenever I played it on the PS1 it was still fun and make a excellent Co-op game. I don't see why it couldn't work for Diablo 3 either.

    raven2510Wouldn't surprise me if it can't run it, thats why. The WiiU is about the same as the 360 & the PS3 power wise.


    Diablo 3 isn't exactly the prettiest game and demanding game. Even if it were somehow more intense than let's say Battlefield 3 things can always be scaled down to make it work. The low settings in Battlefield 3 for PC are noticeably superior to the consoles. So that could get it to work.

    As the article points out however waiting may be a better business decision as it likely will get more attention and thus sales. Releasing on a soon to be expired console for a game that will continue to have support and additions to it for a few years would be a foolish mistake. And the reason for not releasing on the Wii U early on is because the owners of the other consoles will see the game as dated for it being on the Wii U for sometime before hand. Think of the original Mass Effect for PS3 when it finally ported over the hype is gone and it had no chance of matching sales. It is best to release multi-platform games all at the same time.
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    tomfreak , December 12, 2012 5:06 AM
    Blizzard dumbed down Diablo 3 = Facepalm
    Blizzard add RMAH to Diablo 3 = Double Facepalm
    Blizzard considers Diablo 3 on console = Triple Facepalm
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    cats_Paw , December 12, 2012 6:05 AM
    lpedraja2002Diablo 3 can run on an Intel HD 3000 so running on a console is no problem. The problem is Blizzard made a pathetic game with Diablo 3, their priorities are not what it used to be and If they're venturing into the console market I will stop giving a crap about Blizzard because I will probably not be buying anymore of their games. Their only chance in my book is if they release Warcraft 4 and make it phenomenal.


    I didnt even test diablo3 (got a beta key back in the day).
    The game is just bad. I am not surprised that they want to get it on consoles. Its well known that console gamers hav smaller demands on the games they purchase, so selling it there is easier, and brings a good amount of income. Due to the fact the game is frankly boring, they wont even have to worry with server loads later on anyway.
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