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Blizzard Hiring for Diablo 3 Console Version?

Based on a job listing on Gamasutra, it appears that the console version of Diablo 3 has received a green light from Activision Blizzard. The news arrives just after Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime said last week that the company was investigating the possibility of Diablo 3 for consoles "to see if that made sense."

According to the job listing, Blizzard is looking for a full-time senior producer for the Diablo 3 console team. "Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a highly organized individual with outstanding communications and project management skills for the Diablo team," the description reads. "The ideal candidate has prior experience in console game development and has a keen knowledge of how each discipline operates and interacts. Self-direction and follow-up skills are a must, as well as the ability to anticipate production issues and find effective solutions."

"The candidate must be fully committed to seeing projects through from inception to completion, and delivering games on time with the highest quality," the job description added.

Qualified applicants must have four years of experience in the gaming industry, at least one AAA console title published while in a senior producer position, knowledge of software development processes, project management, and performance management, and many other requirements. Oh, and Blizzard hopefuls must have a passion for video games, especially Blizzard Entertainment titles.

The idea of Diablo 3 for consoles has been around for several months, but this is the first solid evidence of the project taking shape. Blizzard initially mentioned the console version back in November 2010, telling the Diablo 3 community that the company was exploring "a Diablo-related concept for consoles."

Earlier this week Blizzard VP Rob Pardo said that the company's goal was to push Diablo 3 out to retail shelves by the end of 2011. However the company didn't have a problem delaying the game's release in order to "get it right." But with console development now out in the open, will Blizzard release Diablo 3 on all platforms at once, or will the PC/Mac version hit retail shelves first? Another question that comes to mind is this: will Diablo 3 be cross-platform?

As of this writing, Blizzard has not released a statement in regards to the job listing.

  • amk09
    I just wish they would come out with new consoles already, not this gay kinect/move crap.

    Make new consoles with 5870 level graphics and 4GB of RAM or more, and we won't loathe console ports so much.

    Instead we have developers catering to the shitty console graphics with 256MB RAM. COME ON SONY/MICROSOFT, YOU ARE KILLING OUR PC GAMES.
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  • wikiwikiwhat
    I'm a console player and I don't want this on consoles.
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  • grillz9909
    amk09I just wish they would come out with new consoles already, not this gay kinect/move crap.Make new consoles with 5870 level graphics and 4GB of RAM or more, and we won't loathe console ports so much. Instead we have developers catering to the shitty console graphics with 256MB RAM. COME ON SONY/MICROSOFT, YOU ARE KILLING OUR PC GAMES.
    The problem is that a system with those specs is going to cost a lot more than the already expensive $300-$400 consoles. Add peripherals and you may as well just buy a pc.
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  • robochump
    Consoles gaming is #1, you can thank pirated games on PC platforms for that. :-P
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  • randyzie
    grillz9909The problem is that a system with those specs is going to cost a lot more than the already expensive $300-$400 consoles. Add peripherals and you may as well just buy a pc.You can build a budget rig that can run games on high for 500$ What about peripherals? I think it's stupid for them to start going into consoles again, especially with a die hard fan base like diablo on the pc (and yes I've played the ps diablo). It WONT live up to the pc games, and possibly flop giving them a bad rep(flop in the sense it won't be a good game, but since it has blizzard logo it WILL sell). Leave consoles alone blizzard, if you have to go into them, use a new IP, please.
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  • randyzie
    robochumpConsoles gaming is #1, you can thank pirated games on PC platforms for that. :-Plmfao, you're serious right? right?...Consoles sell more because they're retard proof...You plug the cord in and put a disk in, it's ancient tech that is all identical, no variation between the consoles and easy to port back and forth, that's why they're popular. If a parent wants to get a birthday gift, they get them a console cause they are so simple.
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  • gtx285fanboy
    ill do it
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  • Netherscourge
    Developers make more money on console games vs. PC games.

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  • dauthus
    Does anyone remember the epic failure port of Diablo 1 on playstation?
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  • Diablo 3 will be the most popular game, if there is crossplay.
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