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Sorry, No Diablo 3 Cross-Play for PC and PlayStation 3 or 4

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A post on the Diablo 3 forums reveals that Blizzard's hot action-RPG title for the current and next-gen PlayStation consoles will not have cross-platform multiplayer capabilities with the PC version. The news should be expected given that the game will reside on two separate closed networks, namely Blizzard's Battle.net and Sony's PlayStation Network.

"While we think cross-platform play would be awesome, there are currently no plans to allow connectivity between PlayStation Network and Battle.net (this is pretty standard for most games that have PC and console support)," the company said. "As a result, the characters on your Battle.net account and PlayStation account will also remain separate."

Blizzard also said that there are currently no plans to enable analog controller support for the PC version. Adding to that, Blizzard also doesn't have any plans to add mouse and keyboard support for the PlayStation version – it was designed with a controller in mind.

Now here's a bit of info that should tick off plenty of PC gamers: Diablo 3 for PlayStation (3 & 4) may not require an internet connection to play. Sony's John Hight said that the console version will allow up to four players to hack through dungeons on the same screen without the need for the typical split-screen mode. "We just zoom the camera out. Or if you're offline..." he started to explain but was interrupted by GameTrailers host Geoff Keighley.

Additionally, Hight also said the PlayStation 3 version is "much further along" in development than the PlayStation 4 version. However the team had only just seen the DualShock 4 controller when the console versions were announced, and indicated that the game may support the PS4 controller's cool touchpad.

So far it's unknown if the PlayStation versions will also include the Auction Houses. Selling goods for real-world cash seems unlikely for the PlayStation Network, but trading goods using Sony's Station Cash or something similar seems to be a safer bet.

The launch of Diablo 3 on the PS3 and PS4 will be the first time the series has appeared on consoles since the release of the original Diablo on the original PlayStation in 1998, two years after the action-RPG made its PC/Mac debut. The PSOne version can still be purchased on Amazon for as much as $20,000 USD, depending on the condition, and as much as $750 on eBay. Crazy.

 

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    ShadyHamster , February 27, 2013 12:18 PM
    people still play this game?
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    sliem , February 27, 2013 12:35 PM
    Quote:
    Blizzard's hot action-RPG

    hot?
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    jn77 , February 27, 2013 2:26 PM
    Who actually plays this game anymore? I thought D III went belly up about 4 weeks after its release :-). Blizzard really mucked that one up.
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  • 23 Hide
    ShadyHamster , February 27, 2013 12:18 PM
    people still play this game?
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    downhill911 , February 27, 2013 12:20 PM
    No need to be sorry. Diablo3 PC has become past already.
    I admit I did like the game (first Diablo i played ever so..), but then when playing on Hell difficulty I was too tempted to buy better gear, and so I did and realized that I am so overpowered that I do not find game challenging enough anymore. Yes i could use my crafted and found gear but...I just do not care.
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    contentsmayvary , February 27, 2013 12:27 PM
    I just started playing it again a few weeks back, after playing Torchlight 2 and Path of Exile and not liking them anything like as much... I did finish D3 on Infernal (which I reached before they nerfed it a bit... that was painful but challenging). Several of my friends eventually managed to finish Inferno without buying a single thing from the AH. They are good players, thoug
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    sliem , February 27, 2013 12:35 PM
    Quote:
    Blizzard's hot action-RPG

    hot?
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    Anonymous , February 27, 2013 12:36 PM
    online service & update disruptions by Blizzard constantly spoil the game experience plus the inconvenience of having to download patches as well as patches for patches etc. so an offline version
    is what most single game players really want, plus ability to play on LAN with others.
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    excella1221 , February 27, 2013 1:26 PM
    Sucks. :( 

    And here I thought this would've been a great idea to boost population again.
  • 5 Hide
    Cons29 , February 27, 2013 1:41 PM
    this is the most expensive game i ever bought (even more expensive than some of my limited edition games), and i dont like it. im even selling my account, dont care if it is against eula, i just want to get back some of my money. disappointed
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    whiteodian , February 27, 2013 2:11 PM
    Although the game was disappointing on many levels, I still enjoyed playing it. I was even thinking about giving the console versions a whirl, but since I can't use my old account, No thank you. Good luck Blizzard. Not that they need it. I'm sure they will sell an ungodly amount of copies which is unfortunate be cause I don't feel they put much effort into the game, relied too much on the AH to get gear, and continue to make bad choices about the game and its design.
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    jn77 , February 27, 2013 2:26 PM
    Who actually plays this game anymore? I thought D III went belly up about 4 weeks after its release :-). Blizzard really mucked that one up.
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    weierstrass , February 27, 2013 2:29 PM
    Who evert was excited about Diablo III has bought and played it on PC.
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    bryonhowley , February 27, 2013 2:32 PM
    Well if the PS3 version supports offline mode then that may be the one I get. I will never buy the PC version as requiring single play mode to be online is bull and will never support it. As far as I can tell Blizard ruined everything that made Diablo 2 great.
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    memadmax , February 27, 2013 2:34 PM
    Multiplayer on D3 gets me about as excited as watching grass grow....

    I dunno why... maybe they should've released the game with multiplayer/finished?

    gg, the end....
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    spartanmk2 , February 27, 2013 2:46 PM
    While this was the first diablo game ive played, i enjoyed it until I found out to get to max level you had to replay the same conetent over and over...and over...

    Just wasnt for me after I killed belial on inferno :/ 
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    10tacle , February 27, 2013 3:17 PM
    What developers don't seem to get is that a LOT of people would like to see cross-platform gaming between the Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and PC. Why can't each of these consoles who all have the same game along with a PC version share a server somewhere? Of course the better PC gamers with mouse/keyboard support would pwn the better console/controller gamers, but still. I would love to be able to play my peeps on the PS3 with Far Cry 3 on my PC as I don't play shooters on the PS3, just racing games. Maybe one day.
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    d_kuhn , February 27, 2013 3:32 PM
    The 'hot' sales of D3 is really more a testament to how great D2 was (a lot of us bought it before we found out about it's glaring fundamental problems)... you'll know exactly how 'hot' d3 was when the sales for D4 come out. Unless they can lure in the console crowd... their PC sales are going to stink unles D4 goes back to what made the franchise great.

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    rantoc , February 27, 2013 3:41 PM
    d_kuhnThe 'hot' sales of D3 is really more a testament to how great D2 was (a lot of us bought it before we found out about it's glaring fundamental problems)... you'll know exactly how 'hot' d3 was when the sales for D4 come out. Unless they can lure in the console crowd... their PC sales are going to stink unles D4 goes back to what made the franchise great.


    Can't agree more - Sadly!
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    festerovic , February 27, 2013 3:47 PM
    NinjawithagunEvidently, you have not played Diablo 3 in the past several months. The new Monster Power mode allows for much tougher gameplay against elite packs and bosses. There are several other changes to mention that were added to the game via several patches. Near crafting recipes for both Blacksmith and Jewler, Hellfire rings (requires the collection of keys from key wardens and body parts from uber boss matches), buffs for specific character classes, and so on. Bottomline, your impression of Diablo 3 is very much outdated and no longer correct.


    Totally agree. I have been playing since launch, and the latest patch rights a lot of wrongs, for me.
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    IndignantSkeptic , February 27, 2013 3:49 PM
    We'll see cross platform play when everyone primarily uses the same type of control system to make it fair. Personally these games should never have had their PC control system. They are now going to be much more enjoyable with a joypad. By the way, I find it laughable that this game will be available for PS4 when it looks like a PS2 game.
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    topupthescore , February 27, 2013 3:52 PM
    Worst screw-up in gaming history.
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    noblerabbit , February 27, 2013 4:06 PM
    I beg to ask Blizzard, why the hell are they releasing this for consoles WITHOUT their inbred game engine, which is the RMAH. What on earth for? We know very well where Activision and EA stands today, why the hell are they not including their only purpose of this game, for the PS3/4? I am very very confused.
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