Blizzard hiring console lead designer for Diablo III

Job listing renews speculation about a living room version of upcoming PC and Mac action role-playing game sequel; studio says it's exploring options.

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Blizzard Entertainment may soon renew its on-again, off-again relationship with gaming consoles. The company has posted a new job opening on its official site seeking a "Lead Designer, Console" to work on Diablo III.

Blizzard wants a Diablo III lead designer with considerable console chops.

According to the listing, Blizzard wants someone who has shipped at least one AAA console game in a senior design role and possesses a "strong sense of what makes a fun and compelling experience for console titles and games in general." Experience with porting multiplatform games is also considered a "plus" for candidates.

Speculation of a console version of Diablo III has been circulating since the game was first announced at BlizzCon 2008. At the time, company representatives only confirmed the title for the PC and Mac, quickly followed by a teasing, "for now." The company has been similarly coy about a release date for the game, bringing up the familiar Blizzard refrain that the game would be launched "when it's ready."

In the 16-bit era, Blizzard was as much a console developer as a PC outfit, delivering titles like The Lost Vikings, Blackthorne, and Justice League: Task Force. After Warcraft: Orcs & Humans became a hit, the studio established a string of successful PC franchises, including Starcraft and Diablo. In 2002, the company announced a return to consoles with Starcraft: Ghost. However, after repeated setbacks and delays, that project was abandoned in 2006.

[UPDATE]: Blizzard has issued a statement explaining the posting to its fans, stating, "We're exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles and are currently looking to fill a few senior console-related positions on the Diablo III team. As we've said in the past, with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we're interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project. If you're passionate about all things Diablo and have the requisite skill and experience, then head over to our jobs site to check out the positions and apply.

"Please note that this is not an announcement of a console title. We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don't intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game."

For more on Diablo III, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

317 comments
GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

"We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don't intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game." Very well, so release the game first, think of portability after that.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@whatsyoutub3 ??!! dont understand you :)

Knighty
Knighty

Would be great to see an off-shoot of Diablo that was specifically made for Consoles. Much like I imagine they envisioned Ghost before they ran into so many problems with the teams they hired for it :(.

Quofan
Quofan

I don't understand the hatred some PC gamers have for consoles. They always see ports to consoles as a threat, yet the PC version is always a little bit better. Well, I say better: unless you are a graphics whore or compare side by side simultaneously most ppl wouldn't see much difference nowadays. Regardless, PC gamers always start picking arguments when one of their favourite games get a console port. I think they need to grow up a little. There are exclusive games to all systems, including PC. Its better for ALL consumers that as many games as possible are playable on as many systems as possible because it gives consumers the choice of system to own and prevents us from paying a fortune just to own the games we want. This is why PC gamers are (probably wrongly) seen as elitist - they don't appear much in favour of everyone getting the opportunity to play games. PC games being 'dumbed down' is perhaps a valid reason to dislike console ports/versions. But its a complete myth, because again, we get the inferior version. If anyone has a right to complain, it's console gamers for always getting inferior versions even though they could probably be virtually the same as the PC versions. Look at Last Remnant for the 360, a vastly inferior game that could have run fine if Square-Enix had bothered instead of running on hype over quality. Plus we had certain things left out that were in the PC version.

Pzypro
Pzypro

While console versions sound fun, for whatever reason, I can only envision playing this game on PC. I'm open to both choices though just as so long both game versions are the same and have overlapping servers/multiplayer. I guess over the years I've grown used to pc = blizzard games and vice versa.

Elbowsmash
Elbowsmash

I'm not worried about the loss of the mouse. Champions of Norath played fine.

mmll22
mmll22

I used to play Diablo on the first Playstation console. It was not a good looking as the PC version but like people said previously, there were no HDTV back then either. The only downside to PS1 console multiplayer was that the screen has to be shared sicne there was no such thing as console online gaming back then... I'm confident we'll get a very good console version of the game and I'm looking forward to it.

shimya
shimya

sweet! diablo 1 was on the ps1, let's see how it ports with better hardware then yesteryear :D

burn6
burn6

rpg game that revolves around mouse clicks to be on console? interesting.

ant_4everlove
ant_4everlove

You guys forget to mention one thing - PC gaming is good only if you are into shooters and RTS. PC games lack variety

clqtte
clqtte

Smart move.Blizzard will get more money on console port and DLC for Diablo 3....

AzatiS
AzatiS

@smp13 I do agree with all of these you saying. Im not saying that PC gaming is cheap as hardware or anything. But in the end if you wanted a PC to play at 720p max to medium/low settings ... That rig 3-4 years ago wouldnt be more than a PS3 money wise...... Period. If we add the fact that each console game costs 20euros more at least , in the long run ( like 4-5 years ) youll save way more $$ than consoles. You got some points there but on the other hand when im thinking that you giving 59.99 or 69.99 euros for 1 game.... Well thats affordable? Oh well i respect you opinion. Its all about our taste anyways. But at least lets not pretend those PC myths are valid... Controllers , TV connectivity , hardware that need constantly upgrade to keep up with game , and many more myths like these... we are not in 90s... thats my point if you get me. Thnx for mature reply and sorry if i sound harsh sometimes.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@mooncalfReviews If you were talking about old diablos youre out of my points. Period. Because dont tell me in 1999 you had HDTV or you had a 22monitor, as the other guy said... You see ? You aint got valid points man. Grow up. Also your first reply to me was all the way sarcastic and when i gave you the same "sarcastic" reply back to you then im a 5 years old... Though you DIDNT answer my question , because clearly my point was too strong for you!!? maybe.. where im clearly talking about D3 and thats why we are here anyways. So , whos acting like 5 years old again?

75_Andi_75
75_Andi_75

Bravo blizzard console version the best pc vs xbox vs ps3 battle net server

Reiken37
Reiken37

Also, you dont need to upgrade your computer more then 1 generation of console gaming. In fact, if you put a little extra down at the start, then later generations cost less then consoles (like 80 dollars) to upgrade maybe your GPU or an extra stick or two of RAM. And many times you won't have to upgrade if your computer is nice enough, when crossing generations. PC doesnt have gens, its an endless stream of slow graphical improvements, consoles have bursts as they are hardware that cannot be updated by the user for many many years.

Reiken37
Reiken37

The kind of gamers that like dungeon crawlers arent core console gamers. Wii gamers are an assortment of every type of gamer, PS3 is the JRPG/Stradegy/Action, 360 is shooter. PC is pretty much a huge umbrella of everything that gets a lot of core gaming in the areas the console doesnt govern. This is a bad move by Blizzard, although not like they dont have money to burn. Probably just experimenting with the console market.

smp13
smp13

@AzatiS Ease up mate, should be a discussion not an insulting argument. It depends on who you are and what you're after. -If you want the best quality gaming experience possible, have decent experience with computers, and have the money available: by all means PC gaming is probably recomended. -If you want to spend less up front, be able to plug-and-play with your existing TV/Amp, not worry about the extra hassles that can be involved with a PC, and know that the games will all play fine; console gaming is probably best suited. I understand a PC setup suits you best. However when I was deciding, I could not afford a PC setup that would have compared to the consoles available. That, the ease of setup and use, along with simple local MP, made the decision. People vary, what is best for one may not be best for the other. (eBay allows games for any setup to be easily affordable)

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

The console platforms is too large to ignore. Blizzard can concentrate on making it for the PC and then later port it over to the consoles. Why not port it over and make a lot more money? Diablo 1 was on the playstation although I have to say the port was not the greatest and it will always be best on pc

KuRf
KuRf

Diablo = PC = a must!

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@AzatiS I was talking about the old Diablos. As for wireless mouse and keyboard, I believe the guy you were patronizing said something about preferring control pads to mouse and keyboard. No need to be snarky and aggressive with people (not me, everyone else) who just have different opinions to yourself, it makes you look 5 years old.

blackace
blackace

@MehowPwned said: @blackace I am sorry ,but you are wrong the PS3 is a stronger machine... tho not graphically and I am not saying that because I just own a PS3 I have both the xbox elite and ps3 slim I have tested them and the ps3 is clrealy a stronger machine.. Got some games on both xbox and ps3 that I rented from some friends The xbox slim might be stronger then the ps3 alought I doubt that as the motherboard on ps3 is good ********************************************************** They are pretty close to even besides the PS3 Blu-Ray media. The PS3 has a more powerful CPU and the XBox 360 has a more powerful GPU. Both can produce incredible games. This has been debated since the systems launched. Just about every 3rd party developer who has worked on them has said the systems are pretty equal in power. Every 1st party developer have favored their own system, which is no surprise. The PS3 is clearly the heavier machine, but that's about it.

AzatiS
AzatiS

@MooncalfReviews So you doubt that IF by any means , a console port might come , PAD controlling wont be an option to PC version as well ? Or you never heard ot wireless mouse/keyboard before? What of 2 is it? Hmmm?

AzatiS
AzatiS

@smp13 My PC rig costed EXACTLY 700euros , 3 years ago when PS3 had 450 with 1 controller . So dont make it like the gap is so huge and is affordable when OUTDATED consoles of 300 ( in 2010 , back at 2007 was Wii price ) is nice... Controller is cheaper on PC , TV is the same amount , Games on PC are way cheaper 59 to 69euros vs 29 to 49 for PC games.. Youll fill the the hardware gap with 10 games max!! And upon these 3 years IM STILL playing everything at 1080p. At least ALL console game ports. Now stop with the myths about constantly upgrades , because with my rig , if ill drop resolution and setting to a "PS3-X360" ones that is no more than 720p AND medium to low settings .... Probably will last ( handle as you said ) for 10 years from now. Now please... Learn before you speak.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@AzatiS Wait you can use a controller for Diablo on the PC? Hmmm?

raichou
raichou

It will be a joke on consoles (just like Dragon Age Origins on consoles roflmao). This is a PC franchise pure and simple, much like how Halo is a 360 franchise and Uncharted is a PS3 franchise.

raichou
raichou

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Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

I don't see Halo or Call of Duty in the title... Pass. {/sarcasm} I could see it doing well on console but every one I know who plays console has the mind set of the above statement. but us PC gamers don't have to worry because we will get a solid game no matter what.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Hmm.. i think i would actually buy BOTH versions. I can't tell you how many hundreds of hours I put into Diablo II. Building two 90-something hardcore characters still stands up as high on the videogame accomplishment list.

smp13
smp13

@AzatiS Not everyone can afford computers, and accesories, that can handle all you went on about. For many people, it is cheaper to buy a console and use it for a gen, than it is to constantly upgrade a computer to be able to handle the best games and graphics, then get everything to be able to hook it up to a livingroom TV.

boysangur
boysangur

@hooded1man Maybe, I didn't actually play it on a console but it didn't stop PC version from being awesome.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

About time...D2 should have been ported to console about oh a decade ago ;)

smbius
smbius

Ahh. We've seen this all before. Do a search on Diablo and you'll see it ported on PS1. At least it will be done right and not some 3rd party.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

I think we won't see this game before 2012

AzatiS
AzatiS

@god_mike69 And who want to play with a X360 and an HDTV with surround system at 720p and crappy "settings" ? I prefet sitting on my couch as you do , turn on my big 1080p TV 50" , turn games resolution at TRUE HD , MAX settings , and connect my X360 controller tp my PC , where is exactly the same as yours , and play. Now what about consoles again? Now please , you dont got ANY idea of PC gaming. Period. So dont talk for something you dont even know about. And if you want to , at least bring some valid points...

AzatiS
AzatiS

AS long as Diablo 3 IS a true PC game , i wouldnt mind to get ported on consoles. Would be good for console gamers as well and community to grow even further. I really doubt if any console port might come will affect the PC version , how it plays or how good will be. Now let consolites have an awesome port of a fantastic game PC game. Its good for gaming. Because i got bored the "cheap" and "low" console games ports for PC , where could have been x10 better... ! :)

maxwell97
maxwell97

@Doom64: I hear ya, I'm just saying it's kinda funny because people have been predicting the "end of computer games" since the NES days. There's always going to be a market that prefers the greater flexibility of the PC (as in modding and hardware capability). At any rate, I don't really care what hardware a game is released for, if it's good. People talk about "dumbing down" for consoles, but think about Mass Effect 2, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Call of Duty 4, Assassin's Creed II, Dragon Age. All "consolized" games that are freakin' excellent by any standard, and raised the bar no matter what system you used to play them. Not that there aren't problems in multiplatform releases - PC Black Ops' abysmal day 1 condition comes to mind - but on the whole I think consoles are good for the PC market and vice versa.

carmig
carmig

Great...another reason for a delay!

EnDeR2015
EnDeR2015

if the pc version will be released before the console version and will be the superior version of the game, i dont care if they port it to consoles

god_mike69
god_mike69

diablo 1 was much better on the psx than the pc, even with the inverted experience problem with nightmare and hell levels. i don't understand how anyone would want to sit and stare at a tiny 22 inch screen in a crappy computer chair and point and click a mouse when they could be sitting in a comfy lazy-boy recliner staring at a 40+ inch HDTV with surround sound and using a 360 controller to play. the only games better on PCs are strategy games like Heroes, Disciples, Warcraft, etc. Diablo III is an RPG / Action game. these kind of games are designed for console gaming. the only bad thing about Diablo II was that it was never released on a console. i'm gonna wait and see if the console version takes off before i consider buying it on the PC.

Moloch121
Moloch121

As long as the PC version doesn't suffer I'm fine with it. If they would introduce some PC and console connectivity will that would be awesome then I could actually play with my friends. But really only if the PC version doesn't suffer. Blizzard does polish their games so I believe we don't have to worry much.

TrueIori
TrueIori

w/e as long as it comes out after the superior version , I d/c.

brunorr
brunorr

I hope this doesn't end up dumbed down like the Elder Scrolls series because of consoles.

EtherUnion
EtherUnion

Ok... next article D3 with Cross Platforn MP?

-Unreal-
-Unreal-

I don't get why people say Blizzard always delay their games. They rarely ever give a release date and change it. They just give the release date when they are sure the game is up to their usual high standards.

lord_janus_ex
lord_janus_ex

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Koushin
Koushin

Most obviously a sign of the times. It will always be home to the PC but because of the great success the 360 has in the US, selling more copies of popular AAA titles compared to their PC counterparts, this could be a great move business wise for them. The last time was with Diablo way back on the PSX in which it was also a popular game but I played it only on PC at the time. Should be interesting to see if they introduce Kinect support or just stick to the traditional controller with no additional controller support. Multiplayer should be relatively simple to set up too. You could create 4-player coop games (just like Borderlands) without complications. Anyway, if anyone could pull it off Blizzard definitely can! :)

Diernes
Diernes

Problem with console ports is many times they end up crippling the PC version. Wonder why you only see limited amounts of armor, and weapons, and fight the same creatures time and time again in games these days? It's a console problem related to the measly amounts of memory they put into them. I personally hope this is not Diablo 3 for consoles. But a completely different diablo game tailored to the console market.

envybianchi
envybianchi

I look forward to hearing any progress in regards to Diablo III transitioning to the consoles.