Blizzard hiring 'PlayStation 3 Specialist' for Diablo III

California game giant looking for senior software engineer specializing in Sony's console to be "key contributor" on upcoming hack-and-slash game.

Since Diablo III was first announced at BlizzCon 2008, rumors have swirled that it would be ported beyond the PC. Now, developer-publisher Blizzard Entertainment has dropped another strong hint that the game will find its way onto consoles.

According to a job listing for a "PlayStation 3 Specialist" on Blizzard's job portal, the California studio is looking for someone with strong knowledge of Sony's system to be on the Diablo III team.

PlayStation 3: "It only does Diablo III"?

"Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an enthusiastic senior software engineer to be a key contributor on the Diablo team. This position is responsible for overseeing PlayStation 3 (PS3) architecture design," reads the job listing, "as well as other PS3-specific game code development to maximize platform performance."

As noted earlier, this is not the first time Blizzard has teased console development for Diablo III. Last November the developer posted a job listing for "Lead Designer, Console," which remains live on the site. Additionally, at the time, Blizzard made it very clear it was thinking about bringing Diablo III to consoles.

"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," read a Blizzard statement. "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."

Of course, today's new job listing is still far from confirmation that the developer is in fact bringing Diablo III to consoles. Whatever the case, the game is still a ways away, as publisher Activision does not expect Diablo III to ship by the end of the year.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's most recent preview of Diablo III.

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brunolp
brunolp

Bet they'll launch it BEFORE xmas. It's just stupid to launch it AFTER the top selling time of year is just plain stupid.

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

i hope blzzard makes huge ps3 games *drools*

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

Beta is coming in September. So anywhere from Nov.-Feb. it will release.. Preying for a November launch.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

If you bought a gaming rig in 2007 you will be able to play Diablo 3 easily. You don't have to keep upgrading your PC anymore. Until the next consoles hit you should be fine.. unless you have an ancient computer.

towely62
towely62

o and i heard the beta for pc was coming out Aug. 1st? is this true? or can someone get some info about that

towely62
towely62

having diablo on a console would be awsome dont get me wrong i LOVE pc gaming but somedays i dont feel like geting on my pc. i just hope they dont simplify everything like for example dragon age for consoles

william47918
william47918

I wouldn't mind this game being on the ps3 since I cant afford to keep upgrading my computer for games anymore I just stick to console games because its cheaper than upgrading computers every couple of years. So if they going to make it for consoles that would be great for me anyways!

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

@PC-GAMER_CARTER We (we being console peeps) do not all just want CoD. I understand what your saying, but thats like saying all PC gamers want is WoW. You don't think we are "ready" for Diablo? You have to be kidding me. Not ready to button mash... I disagree.

Etlaihfsin
Etlaihfsin

Slacker Blizzard!! Gief da bloody D3!

william47918
william47918

OK I played diablo 2 like ages ago and i liked the game but for gods sake why is it taking soo long to put a game out that is based on old style of gaming and its nothing compared to some of these new titles out there so is blizzard running a turtle team making diablo 3 because this game should have been out few years ago im just out of patience on this one its got to be one of the longest awaited games in history of gaming!

georginio75
georginio75

I played diablo 2 lod on pc like a mad man for 5 years... I waited for d3 a long time now, and in between I own a mac now... not a pc any more... and have a wii and ps3 as well. So, my point is that i know exactly how good was d2 on pc and i loved it, but now i think i want it on ps3... if they use the intercom system and not the typing system for messages.

Elem3nt
Elem3nt

I agree, give us an ETA already. 2 more years? 10 more years?

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@Koushin I went back and reread both comments I posted. Neither of which contained anger or hatred... I stated my opinion and if you have issues with that then so be it. Lets not start attacking the individual (myself) though, that does offend me. I didn't attack you verbally and I would appreciate if you would do the same in kind.

barnold81
barnold81

Ok, Blizzard. It's time to announce a release date.

Koushin
Koushin

@ColdfireTrilogy You're still on this. Dude I own Diablo and Diablo II plus all expansions (even the unofficial one for Diablo called Hellfire). Think what you want it's a free country. I don't really care anymore. All I'm saying is Diablo III if placed on the PS3 wouldn't hurt anyone at all. It's good news across all fronts. For a PC fan you sure don't have a lot of faith left in companies like Blizzard if you don't think they can handle doing a Diablo III port on consoles. So don't get all worked up about it. Fact is if Diablo III hits the PS3 as the report says you can't do anything about it. So go back to playing. Maybe you should complain to the companies that are reeking money from console sales and stop attacking the gamers themselves? Ever thought about that? Your anger and biased feelings are severely misplaced. Thanks for playing.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@Koushin I guess you never played Diablo then ... the PSone port was only mediocre at best. The more you split the online community among consoles the shorter its lifespan. Imagine if Diablo2 had been ported to 2 consoles + a PC ... I am damn sure it wouldnt still have the insane player support it still continues to receive. I can't name any games in recent history which, after going through a console inclusion stage have had a shelf-life near as long as games such as Counter-strike, Diablo, starcraft, quake, etc etc. The closest thing most of those games has received was a direct port. The problem is these days the games are built for consoles where players buy and shelve games faster than a crack addict goes through his supply. There is no long term community. Once the next big game hits everyone scrams and goes to it. No more mod tools and map creation on PC games ... I wonder why that is? Interestingly enough that phenomenon started happening right around the launch of modern day consoles ... hmmmm

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

i hope you can interchange characters on to single player and to bnet; instead of having them playable on one mode, and then making a new character on the other mode like diablo 2

Sam39150
Sam39150

@Saturas9000 well, it sure did feel that long. anyway I think announcing the game 3 years ( maybe 4) ahead of the release date is still too long imo since this is still hack and slash and not some crazy open world game like fallout 3 or oblivion. Yea I don't know too much about specific detail but your correction doesn't really change my opinion though.

lynyrd4
lynyrd4

i just hope diablo 3 pc get 100x times better than the ps3.

Azernus
Azernus

Bad move... Recently, unlike the past history of Blizzard, it feels like their actions are being influenced by investors. All of a sudden Blizzard has become money hungry. Three SC2's and now the first Blizzard game to apparently be released on console at the same time as PC? This is not the Blizzard I grew up knowing. It seems to me like Blizzard is starting to "sell out."

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

I knew it...and I said it last November when the first "job posting" hit. THIS is WHY we STILL Don't Have D3. Because they're waiting until the console port is done. I'm betting this means a lot of little touches "may" (not %100 solid just betting though) be taken out of D3 so the console port doesn't look bad compared to the PC version. Like Physics. Sure consoles can handle "some" physics, but not nearly as well as a powerful PC. That's not a rip on consoles as I play my consoles from time to time too, still, Diablo is a PC title, started on the PC, and without the previous PC games in the series it wouldn't have the following it has now. For the love of all the gaming gods, Bliz, give us the PC version already. Knowing them it's probably already finished and they're just working on porting it now....

DraKKuLL007
DraKKuLL007

Huummm, World of Warcraft lost 60% of their players ( I'm one of them, was playing since 2004 ), Starcraft II keeps rocking, and still having tournaments of Warcraft 3. But, the main source ( $ ) for Blizzard is WoW, so they probably think: "Hey, we can do some money with consoles kiddies selling our most famous game, Diablo!!!" Soooo, let's wait ( PC players ) and witness another Epic game becoming fail due console ports, and kids playing a MAN GAME!

dexl
dexl

Why not just tell the console players to get a PC. and problem solved.

Dimbar06
Dimbar06

@jollybest1 At the Rythm Blizzard is working on Diablo III it will never be realeased. On a serious note maybe we will get it during March to June 2012, so in a year or so.

sammoth
sammoth

I really hope thios isn't the friggen reason why we dont have a release date yet. Seriously keep it on PC where it belongs. the last Diablo Port blew chunks.

TonnFool23
TonnFool23

@Marasca2 Yes now that I have thought about it, consolization of PC games does lead PC games being dumbed down and lame. I fear that Diablo 3 may be a victim of this as this is one of my favourite RPGs, the same is being done to STALKER STALKER is like one of the best FPS for PC and creating it for consoles may ruin what STALKER was made for. Yeah activision's fault defo, i can't see it the other way.

Killingspree303
Killingspree303

Diablo 3 for consoles? Meh, Diablo was meant for PC.

AzatiS
AzatiS

To not be able to play diablo 3 because game isnt ready 100% , i can live with.. But not be able to play D3 in 2011 because CONSOLE ports are not ready... Thats beyond me and im getting upset with blizzard more and more... BLIZZARD , care about PC gamers... Because of them youre a multibillionaire company... Dont get so low as EA,Activision do... I mean..seriously.

jollybest1
jollybest1

jeez Blizzard it's the king of strange news, the game is in development for 10 YEARS , the pc version has no release date , they didn't confirm a console version but they hire a ps3 specialist............i am starting to understantd now that they will release this game when the console version will be ready and that means another 10 F**** YEARS .............release it for pc then do what you want

hush404
hush404

@parrot_of_adun - I actually wrote down quite a few paragraphs, deleted some, wrote some more, read it, re-wrote and so on... but decided that at the end of it... we're just going to be arguing our views on the subject... and really... who cares. I'm of the opinion that console games can be just as awesome as PC games (even without uber anti-aliasing or insano-textures) and that Some PC developers care enough about PC games to do them justice while also doing console games correct as well. That gamers shouldn't be ripping the throats of other gamers out because they're sore about loosing an exclusive. Everyone should just enjoy their games and be happy yo. Lastly, where have you been? Call of Duty has been rockin consoles since the PS2 yo :P

ryan_sr97c_1
ryan_sr97c_1

really think this might not work out that well. i'm a long time diablo fan and i find it hard to imagine controlling this on my dual shock 3. i remember the first diablo coming out on console (i think the psone), that didn't work too well for them. then again that was ages ago and this is blizzard we are talking about. if anyone can pull this off, its them. just don't expect it to get released anytime soon though

Liliroots
Liliroots

thats cool, more pie for everyone =]

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@-SenJu- You almost certainly won't need a powerful rig. You may need a decent one to A ton actually. The very reason for the stagnation of PC popularity (not death) is PRECISELY because most PC games (outside those one might categorize as a "thinking man's game") are available on consoles, and of those, very few are designed with each system in mind, so the PC version is actually worse, relative to its standards. This means that people that want to play... Say, Call of Duty, will almost certainly get it on a console. But if COD were still a PC exclusive (as it was in the days of yore), it would not only be a very popular game (still), but be of notably higher quality, which would (by now) have made PC gaming that much more popular, and that much more profitable. Thus, we would get more quality PC games. Strange fact: Activision, of all people, actually wanted COD to remain PC exclusive. Who'da thunk?

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

So THIS is the reason for the alleged delay, NOW I don't feel so bad. If they TRY to make them for the PS3 and 360, of course that would cause a delay. ~_^ I think it might turn out better for the PC, but hey, if they want to try it on consoles, I don't mind. At least THAT is a GOOD reason for the delay. It still sucks that it'll probably not be until next year, but I'm not complaining. Just as long as we ACTUALLY see it!

Masterjimmy
Masterjimmy

They better make this better then the crappy diablo 1 port for the PS1. The only difference now is there is now a analogue and I cannot see that saving the games interface.

-SenJu-
-SenJu-

Another epic game being released on the console then! I'd rather play this on a computer but then again I need a powerful rig and I don't have the resources for that. Thank you Blizzard for considering a PS3 import.

skayj2
skayj2

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yaba
yaba

I'll do it. Wait, do I need to be qualified?

TheTrainer1980
TheTrainer1980

You can't be serious Blizzard. You are hiring more people? I swear they aren't even working on it. No game should take 10 years to make. I'm sorry how bug free it is, it's a joke. And now they need MORE people, for what?! Just release the ****ing game! Great, it's going to be dumbed down even more than it already is. I mean, Diablo III looks alright. I can't stand Blizzard's way of doing things. By the time they release the game, their engine is usually dated or has been updated like 20 times. You would wonder if they have like 2 people working there.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@PC-GAMER-CARTER I don't see why you two consider console gamers as FPS only casuals. It's strange conidering consoles have a good variety of games and get tons that PC gamers don't enjoy such as the vast majority of action games (Bayonetta, God of War, Castlevania, Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry etc.). Along with a quite big RPG passion (just look at the FF series) which matches the PC's RPG scene and PC's just don't compare on fighting games either. That's 3 core genre's that are perfectly fine on consoles. I'm hard pressed to wonder why considering FPS is one of the main staples of PC gaming too with games like BF3 being the most raved after I can find and we all know PC gamers like there FPS all the same.

brain56
brain56

@Rickystickyman Yeah, my computer sucks too. I feel you, man.

Rickystickyman
Rickystickyman

My computer sucks, so I would love for more computer games to come to consoles, but as mentioned before by other people ( PC-GAMER-CARTER ) it just seems like a lot of console players only play for shooters. Then again maybe all of those people are waiting for something else. Either way I want PC games to come to the consoles because my computer sucks.

PC-GAMER-CARTER
PC-GAMER-CARTER

I don't think console players are ready for games like these the just want CoD Now don't think its because i don't like dialbo 3 I realy want it. And i like blizzard. I play starcraft 2. Warcraft 3 stuff like that. I think it should stay on the PC.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

I'm a big Diablo fan and had it on the PC mainly but when I tried Torchlight on the 360 that was just pretty fun, I'd be tempted to get it on consoles unless the PC has more features. Probably PC anyway.

lynyrd4
lynyrd4

I NEED THE RELEASE DATE.

AdventFFVII
AdventFFVII

If they're smart, they'll allow for mouse and keyboard support.

Mcgnnis1
Mcgnnis1

@ ymarkman: I kinda agree and disagree with you. I mean Yes keeping the game on pc for the sake of making the best damn game possible is all good but then again..you also have to keep in mind that is "is" also about money. Crysis 2 would have been a an awesome game, even better if Crytek would have stuck to PC but come on, do you really think that in this day and age, everyone can afford a pc capable to play crysis? not to mention the amount of rampant piracy on Pcs, so the mantra of, "It'll ship when its done" can be used by devs like Id or Blizzard but seriously...sometimes enough is enough...who knows by the time Diablo III comes, another similar game would have done things better than diablo in the same genre, so you are right but i think that you are just not looking at the big picture..you can't be financially successful if you stick to just one console,

shozzi
shozzi

P.S if they do put it on PS3, it needs to be a 2-4 player game. I dont want to always have to be on the internet to play with my friends on this.

shozzi
shozzi

I'm not sure if this is a quest for money. In my opinion, being able to control your diablo character with a controller might add a new depth to the gameplay. On computer, it's a point and click, and wait for the guy to get there, almost like playing a third person character telling the hero what to do. While using a controller, lets the hero run any which way you want, and might actually bring in a more immersible feeling to the game right? The only downfall is that using skills might be more difficult without the use of a keyboard. If they manage to find a way to make it as easy and fluent to play on the PS3, then I'd definitely be interested :)