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Blizzard Talking Diablo III for Consoles

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Diablo III may actually hit the consoles although Blizzard has a few obstacles to face.

Diablo III on the current generation of consoles is not impossible: Blizzard managed to port the original Diablo title over to Sony's first-generation PlayStation despite the lack of mouse and keyboard support. When Blizzard revealed Diablo III during BlizzCon 2008, Rob Pardo said that a console version was "theoretically possible." Jay Wilson, on the other hand, said that Blizzard doesn't have any plans to Diablo III to make an appearance on the consoles.

So with that said, GameTrailers TV editor Geoff Keighley is now reporting that console versions are back on the table... if they ever left at all. "[They] are currently talking to the first parties," he said.

But last year Blizzard COO Paul Sams pointed out that there's a compromise when developing for multiple platforms, and Blizzard isn't in the mood to compromise, even on a good day. "We have relationships with all the console manufacturers," he told CVG. "I know they would love to have us on their platforms, ideally on their own and not their competitor! But it's all about the game experience."

Additionally, Sams also said that he wanted to keep the Diablo III audience together. Blizzard's Greg Canessa touched on this subject in an interview with Shacknews during BlizzCon 2009, saying that there's potential for Diablo III on the consoles, but currently the game is designed around Battle.net and the features Blizzard's service will provide.

"What we do in the future, I obviously don't have anything to talk about with regard to Blizzard porting consoles or not in the future," he told Shack. "I can tell you that philosophically, the company is interested in consoles. Many of us are console gamers. We all have Xbox Live gamertags, and we all play Xbox at home, and so we love Xbox. And we love Sony and other platforms as well. We have a great deal of respect for them."

Ultimately, Blizzard will need to construct a way for Diablo III to access Battle.net via Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, and possibly Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection. The outlook for console version certainly looks positive. Here's hoping that Keighley's insider information is correct.

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    jerreece , August 25, 2009 8:10 PM
    Please no. Consoles always ruin PC Games. Historically PC game titles, should stay just that. PC Game Titles.

    Companies need to stop dumbing down their games to run on consoles.
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    Raidur , August 25, 2009 8:46 PM
    Worry about consoles AFTER release please. :) 
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    megahunter , August 25, 2009 8:17 PM
    fuck consoles, release it for pc, than waste your time with consoles =D
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    jerreece , August 25, 2009 8:10 PM
    Please no. Consoles always ruin PC Games. Historically PC game titles, should stay just that. PC Game Titles.

    Companies need to stop dumbing down their games to run on consoles.
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    burnley14 , August 25, 2009 8:11 PM
    Why would they even try to run this on Wii?
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    megahunter , August 25, 2009 8:17 PM
    fuck consoles, release it for pc, than waste your time with consoles =D
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    dkcrogue , August 25, 2009 8:28 PM
    Hmm, Judging by the comment "Many of us are console gamers. We all have Xbox Live gamertags, and we all play Xbox at home, and so we love Xbox. And we love Sony and other platforms as well." Seems too me they favour the Xbox 360 over the others, making me wonder if it will only come too that console.

    If you think about it that would make sense, as the 360 is far easier to port too from PC, than the overly complex, highly multithreaded PS3. And forget the Wii, far too underpowered.
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    Raidur , August 25, 2009 8:46 PM
    Worry about consoles AFTER release please. :) 
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    dkcrogue , August 25, 2009 9:00 PM
    This is Blizzard, there is no way they are going to release a game on a console if it sucks.
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    ckthecerealkiller , August 25, 2009 9:16 PM
    dkcrogueThis is Blizzard, there is no way they are going to release a game on a console if it sucks.

    I guess you never played Diablo on the PS1...
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    Ciuy , August 25, 2009 9:22 PM
    make diablo 3 for the iphone.
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    Anonymous , August 25, 2009 9:45 PM
    Blizzard reps hinted that there will be no split screen multiplayer unless you give Blizzard your left arm. Then they chuckle as you attempt to play with one hand.
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    cracklint , August 25, 2009 9:54 PM
    Blizzard is all about the benjamin's, they will whore their mediocre ports out to any platform if will make them a quick buck.
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    blazeorangeman , August 25, 2009 10:12 PM
    I hope they release it for my Dreamcast OMFGBBQ
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    IronRyan21 , August 25, 2009 10:36 PM
    Anyone remember Starcraft on Nintendo 64?
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    Rahbot , August 25, 2009 10:58 PM
    I do remember the Starcraft on N64.
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    Supertrek32 , August 25, 2009 10:59 PM
    I can't see how they could make Diablo work on a console. How could you target spells? They'd either need a psuedo cursor (read: fail controls) or an auto-aim of sorts, but auto-aim wouldn't work well with Diablo's gajillion enemies.
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    derrick1985 , August 25, 2009 11:23 PM
    Here's hoping for Starcraft II on the 360
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    matt87_50 , August 25, 2009 11:47 PM
    supertrek32I can't see how they could make Diablo work on a console. How could you target spells? They'd either need a psuedo cursor (read: fail controls) or an auto-aim of sorts, but auto-aim wouldn't work well with Diablo's gajillion enemies.


    they were interested especially in the ps3, cause you can use keyboard and mouse.
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    P_haze420 , August 26, 2009 12:54 AM
    As a console gamer, I would agree most of you guys. Release on pc then focus on consoles. More and more companies are jumping in console bandwagon because they actually make more money through consoles then pc and there's less piracy.

    Anyways, I am getting this game on pc.


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    tayb , August 26, 2009 3:27 AM
    If they want to make the most money they'll focus on the consoles and forget the PC. It's a lost cause.
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    slayer12bot , August 26, 2009 5:14 AM
    Just require a usb mouse and keyboard...
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    Regulas , August 26, 2009 12:28 PM
    Blizzard has gone to the Dark Side, Kiddie Consoles.
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