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Diablo 3 on PS3, X360 "Retain PC Essence", Ships Sept 3

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Diablo 3 ships for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 3.

A new game director has been assigned to Diablo III, and his name is Josh Mosqueira. He took to Battle.net on Wednesday to introduce himself and assure fans that the version headed to the consoles, which ships for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 3, will retain the core essence of the original PC version. That's right: Blizzard said in a separate release on Thursday that the game is coming to Microsoft's current gaming box as well, no longer a PlayStation "exclusive" as seen back in Febraury.

"When I joined Blizzard, I was entrusted with the responsibility of helping to determine whether it would be possible to create a console version of Diablo III and working on what that might look like," he writes. "It was important to me that we retain that essential core that is Diablo—every player who has ever roamed the shadowy halls of Sanctuary's dungeons, hunting vile demons and looting their corpses, knows it well. My goal has been to help keep that core magic formula going strong with Diablo III, and to continue refining the game, initially for the console version, and now for the game as a whole."

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will cost $59.99, and select retailers in the U.S., Canada, Spanish-speaking Latin America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand are now taking pre-orders. The game will be fully localized in English, German, French, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, Russian, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese – info on additional languages will be released at a later date.

Blizzard said on Thursday that players who pre-order the console versions will get an exclusive in-game item, the Infernal Helm. Not only does it protect the character's noggin, but grants an experience point boost, accelerating their progression up the XP ladder. Certain retailers will also offer limited-edition pre-order bonuses as well, Blizzard said.

"The console versions of Diablo III have been custom-tailored for gamepad-driven action, with a dynamic camera perspective that puts your hero front and center, as well as an all-new user interface and an intuitive control system that make vanquishing evil feel like second nature," the company said.

Players can experience Diablo III alone, or alongside up to three others via same-screen local cooperative play or online over PlayStation Network or Xbox Live -- the game even supports parties composed of both local and online players. Too bad there's no cross-play with PC gamers too… that's silly talk, we know.

"We've built a solid foundation for the future of Diablo III and we're focused on staying true to the core essence of the game, while pushing boundaries to evolve gameplay in ways that will keep players like you excited," Mosqueira added. "We hope you'll agree that with each update, the game keeps getting better and better, and we're only just getting started."

For more information about pre-ordering the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version, head here. We expect to hear more about the PlayStation 4 version – and possibly an Xbox One edition as well – next week during E3 2013 in Los Angeles.

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    senkasaw , June 7, 2013 10:45 AM
    "We've built a solid foundation for the future of Diablo III and we're focused on staying true to the core essence of the game, while pushing boundaries to evolve gameplay in ways that will keep players like you excited,"

    o.O ...I think his doctor prescribed the wrong meds.
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    billgatez , June 7, 2013 10:45 AM
    I am intrested to see how a game that heavily used the mouse will work with a controller.
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    internetlad , June 7, 2013 10:48 AM
    another victim of "every-game-ever-needs-to-be-on-consoleitis"
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    whiteodian , June 7, 2013 10:57 AM
    Unless they would allow you to take your PC characters and play them on console, No thanks. Probably No thanks even if they do.
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    Vorador2 , June 7, 2013 11:46 AM
    Pfff still not worth it. Worst 60€ i ever spent.
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    surphninja , June 7, 2013 11:54 AM
    Too bad Diablo 3 was garbage.
    I'd rather be able to play Diablo 2 on my consoles.
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    Estix , June 7, 2013 11:55 AM
    "We hope you'll agree that <...> we're only just getting started."
    That's a very kind way to say the game's unfinished :D 
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    dextermat , June 7, 2013 12:11 PM
    Years 1011 -1013 : Hail to the crappy games baby:
    I started to play duke nukem 3d atomic because it's a great game even after all those years lol!!
    Of course a few exceptions but mainly crappy years so far
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    soldier44 , June 7, 2013 12:15 PM
    "Will retain the core essence" but not the current gen PC graphics. GTX 780 ftw.
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    fimbulvinter , June 7, 2013 12:38 PM
    That essence being that all too familiar essence of a portable latrine at an outdoor festival in summer.
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    macpeteo , June 7, 2013 12:40 PM
    So, XBoxOne is coming out about Sep/Oct and they are shipping in Sep. for the 360, and the XBox1 will not play 360 games!!
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    Stimpack , June 7, 2013 12:40 PM
    The essence they're referring to must be "disappointment".
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    ubercake , June 7, 2013 12:45 PM
    It will operate much like 'Happy Wars' on the 360.
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    icepick314 , June 7, 2013 12:51 PM
    "we're focused on staying true to the core essence of the game"
    that means you have to be connected online 24/7 to play this game...right?
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    dalethepcman , June 7, 2013 1:11 PM
    If this can be played without an internet connection, then I might actually purchase Diablo 3. I would buy a used copy though because honestly, blizzard doesn't deserve my money.
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    CaptnYesterday , June 7, 2013 1:29 PM
    Recently went back to research if this game was finally ready to play (on the PC). Namely itemization, drop rate and AH requirement. *sigh* Afraid not and it can't change at this point. Most people have jumped ship and of the people left... too many support the AH.
    Console will not have either Gold or Real Money AH. That will directly affect drop rate. So as long as the control scheme is good, I would guess the experience would be better than the PC?
    Still not buying it though. I'd rather eat someone else's vomit (thats worse than eating your own right?) than buy into that disappointing error 37 again.
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    Gulli , June 7, 2013 1:38 PM
    Diablo 3 is actually one of the few games I'd rather play on consoles, man does your wrist hurt after an hour of playing the game on PC...
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    opmopadop , June 7, 2013 2:39 PM
    So there is going to be a new Xbox console (thats not backwards compat) out around the same time this game comes out... Not a dmart business move.
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    quangluu96 , June 7, 2013 3:58 PM
    After a year, more than half of the players quitted, and still 60$? Pathetic, just buy torchlight 2 for pc or stay away from D3 for consoles.
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    StormOfRazors , June 7, 2013 7:05 PM
    September 3 hey.... They can have Diablo on consoles all they want, I know that I'd much rather be playing Rome 2 total war on PC on the same day :p 
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