Blizzard open to more console games

World of Warcraft, Diablo studio says "As long as our fans like what we make, then there is a future" for more console game support.

For the first time in a long time, the PC-focused Blizzard Entertainment is supporting consoles in a significant way through Diablo III for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (released in September) and the upcoming Ultimate Evil PlayStation 4 version in 2014. This support could be extended to more Blizzard games on consoles in the future, Diablo III senior level designer Matthew Berger told GameSpot at BlizzCon.

"At Blizzard, we're passionate about console games. And as long as our player base is passionate about playing those games, then there is a future for console games at Blizzard," he said. "We are not just PC gamers internally; we play games on console, we play card games, we play role-playing games, board games, so there's all of that, and we like to make the things we love, so it's very natural that we would go back to console."

Blizzard's internal console development team has been "getting more into it" lately, Berger said, and their enthusiasm for consoles could lead to more projects in the future.

"We have these developers now, this team, that has been making a couple of games--Diablo III first, now Reaper of Souls [for console]--and they're getting more into it and they want to keep making console games and they want to attract more of the group to make those console games. So I would hope that there's a huge future for console games at Blizzard. And I think as long as our fans like what we make, then there is a future for it."

Beyond the PS4 version of Diablo III, Blizzard has no further announced console games.

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Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

"I think as long as our fans like what we make, then there is a future for it."

I like Diablo 3, I just can't play it. Is there a future for offline play without having to buy the console version (no way am I buying this game again, nor am I buying it for console - Diablo belongs on PC)??

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

the reason why Diablo 3 was such a terrible game was because it was immediately apparent that the game was designed for a console, not a PC.  I don't think there was a single person who played D3 who was surprised when Activision(blizzard) announced it for consoles.  Oh yeah, the cartoony, regurgitated WoW graphics and character designs didn't help either.

arqe
arqe

And i was thinking "Even Blizzard cant go worse than this" but i was wrong after all.

Blizzard dumbing down its own games on PC already for years and now 10 time more dumbed down versions for consoles.

The "Blizz" way.

vegard1985
vegard1985

And so ends the great PC-only Blizzard, sucked up by the greed for a bigger market share. And here I was hoping Diablo III was just an experiment, and that it didn't live up to their expectations.

I guess we won't be seeing Warcraft 4 in the near future, as RTS doesn't work well on consoles. I've played Blizzard games ever since Warcraft I, and I believe I have bought just about every single one. I am not about to buy any bad console ports however, so here's hoping they won't go that route at least.

Bring on the hate. I've been a Blizzard fan longer than most. Much of this is because they have focused on great PC games with excellent PC interfaces.

devilzzzwin
devilzzzwin

Blizzard if you could do an action based mmorpg that still had raids and dungeons and brought it to console I would pay a sub to play it.  

I don't see why button combos and like assigning things to all the buttons on these controllers these days and heck analog press down pushes can't be done and have it work fine for an mmorpg.

Also what would be cool is if players used a mic and it would change their voice to suit the race that they are in the game.

Also what about speak/type software where you talk and it types it out quickly ?  Why can't that be put in games for consoles ?

mcmayhem88
mcmayhem88

Ah, yes, the Console vs. PC kids. This argument is as stupid and pointless as it ever was. Let’s see if we can’t backtrack and find out how this went before.

PS1/N64: Game over man! PC gaming is dead!

PS2/Xbox: This is it! No more PC gaming for sure!

PS3/Xbox360: Okay guys, for real this time! The PC is going to get killed!

But hey, fourth time’s the charm, right?

Itachhi
Itachhi

The title of this article should be:

Blizzard open to an "ignorant market".

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

I used to think highly of blizzard, but their momentum has dwindled and they have taken the backseat to other competitive games, not to mention how horrible Diablo 3 was in comparison to 1-2. Blizzard has no more appeal for me.

CyDidley
CyDidley

I think most of their PC fanbase is feeling pretty burned about the whole Diablo 3 fiasco.  Many of them will never buy another Blizzard product simply based on principle.  

Its probably a good idea for Blizzard to start dipping into the console business rather than try to measure up to the PC gamers expectations which they will never be able to meet.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Another red flag. More console support and less PC support year after year...and PC gaming is still strong how?  Steam? (yeah, valve is making a console too)


Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@TheLeftHandDoom  

I agree that it was most likely designed primarily for consoles, but the thing that ruined the game for me is it being online-only. I can't even play it.

Xenro4
Xenro4

@vegard1985 They say they will make games for consoles and you act like they're jumping the PC ship. Of course they won't put an RTS on a console.

arqe
arqe

@vegard1985 after wow's launch warcraft 4 hopes just ended. there is no way going back now.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@mcmayhem88  

There aren't any consoles out there, nor will there ever be a console, that will kill PC gaming. Not even the Steam Machine thing.

What IS a worry for PC gaming is the lack of a decent operating system these days. AppleOS and Linux have never really been contenders in the games industry. And Windows is jumping ship for the mobile/tablet market.

Steam OS could change things, as long as it can be used as a proper OS, and not just a slightly expanded version of what Steam already is. Also, it needs support from other software and hardware (creative suites and graphics cards, etc).

I'm looking at building a gaming rig soon, but I'm holding off until I see what SteamOS turns out to be like. No way am I using Windows if I can help it.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@mcmayhem88 Companies don't really think PC is dying..... You know that right? it's just an excuse to say consoles is where the money is at.

PeejayYeh
PeejayYeh

@mcmayhem88 The big problem is: PC has been the best gaming machine ever created, ever. And we have to face the truth. So, let the consoles fight to each other, and let the PC alone.

kevy619
kevy619

@SoulScribe not every game can be as good as Diablo 2, Diablo 3 was actually quite fun but nowhere near Diablo 2.

arqe
arqe

@CyDidley yeah make a shitty game and blame PC gamers for your fails. nice try.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

@CyDidley No big deal.Not everyone was entirely impressed by it remember?Besides a lot of them are expecting SC2's 3rd chapter.

kevy619
kevy619

@Gravity_Slave and all the companies starting to make pc versions, like capcom and square enix?  Red Flag for console gaming!

Supercanadian67
Supercanadian67

@Gravity_Slave Blizzard had so much friggin money they can support whatever the hell they want 100% its not like they stop making PC games because the console versions are getting made. I bet the money they have dumped into creating Titan is more then any company has used to create a console game. Valve is making a PC for the living room.(Open Source) 

I love my PC gaming and it is only getting better, no need for the constant crying from the PC elite. 

archav3n
archav3n

@Gravity_Slave When revenue from PC is at it's peak, to get more you have to lure the casual console crowd.

vegard1985
vegard1985

@Xenro4 Well, there's no real indication that they are right now. But that's what I'm afraid of, down the line. Or, more realistically, that future games might be mediocre console ports. I also hear that the Diablo III console ports are excellent, and have been successful, so they'd be stupid not to make more console games in the future.

 Bah, we'll see I guess. My concerns might be unfounded.

mcmayhem88
mcmayhem88

@Joedgabe @mcmayhem88 Of course they don't, hence the addition of the "kids" at the end of my first sentence. It's generally the youth of the current generation that think console gaming is this radical new thing that just now came out and is geared up to destroy PC gaming for good.

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

@kevy619 @SoulScribe Initially it was fun but the game all lead to the same play style for all classes (before they overhauled the game) which was kiting making certain classes useless like the monk. It wasn't worth my money. There aren't many games as good as Diablo 2, but there are definitely better games than Diablo 3.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Um no, it's a console. It's strictly designed to run games, not do your taxes, run Excel or photoshop. It's not a PC

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Lol man are you delusional. I guess there are some that never get it. I picture PC snobs like you as one of the band members continuing to play as the ship still sinks in Titanic. FYI: Blizzard is hurting. They just lost a 100k of WoW subscribers.

So blizzard isn't expanding, they're slowly jumping the PC gaming ship with the rest of the ones who want to live.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

If the PC is so superior, it shouldn't need to resort to luring casual gamers in...considering you're all so hardcore. Face it, PC gaming is on the decline, Valve and Blizzard figured it out, why not you guys?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@archav3n "Casual" like Dark Souls, you mean?

Oh wait, I'm talking to a PC fanboy. My apologies "master race" lol

mike4487
mike4487

@SoulScribe What I find is that Path of Exile  was far more of a sequel to Diablo 2 than Diablo 3.  (or maybe I'm biased as it was free)

Diablo 3 felt cheap, the graphics didn't feel like it matched the game style and the classes weren't fun.  Overall these things felt like they sunk in the more you played it... that and the fact that it didn't feel worth playing on the harder difficulties.

Then with the entire market-place it felt like the entire game just cheapened the experience and how people could pay to get perks just ended up being another nail in the coffin.

The game was fun when I got it (due to me being able to play a multi-player game with friends and family) which I'm thankful for, but overall it wasn't remarkable by any means..

Supercanadian67
Supercanadian67

@Gravity_Slave you really must not know the difference between a PC and an operating system. Steam os is just a program put on PC's that are built to look good in your living room. You can slap windows on it if you want, and even do your taxes.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@Supercanadian67 @kevy619 @TheOnlyConan 

Oh I see, I'm a troll only because I disagree with you. lol I love how you guys rationalize Steams endeavor to make a console.  You want so badly to believe its still "PC" 

Hate to break it to ya..but a "PC" stands for Personal Computer.  Which is really for multitasking.  where-as a console is dedicated to gaming...a PC is not.  The Steam Machine is not a Personal Computer.  Troll or not, you know I'm right. 

Supercanadian67
Supercanadian67

@Gravity_Slave it is a pc with a steam os. if you were such a big pc gamer you would know what a duel boot is. you can run watever the hell you want on it. 

mcmayhem88
mcmayhem88

@Gravity_Slave Haha, I'll take the fact that you've resorted to "sh*t" attacks that you don't have a well-formed enough argument to say anything of value. Also, note that you didn't deny the fact you are indeed a snob :). I won't go as far as to call you a twelve-year-old, but there is a key difference between you and a child. Eventually, a child grows up ^_^.

How exactly do consoles have a longer lifespan than PC? Last I checked, the PC has been here for quite a few decades. You don't still use an NES do you? When did the last N64 game come out? Although I doubt you even know what that is given your general lack of logic and overall intellect.

Look, I'm sure it's wonderful to sit on your couch with your headset, yelling profanity at children, but there's really no need to publicly announce your stupidity by trying to say that consoles have a longer life span than PC's when the latter has clearly been around much longer and outlived each and every one of its "adversaries." 

It's clear that both the consoles and the PC are here to stay. Though, it is obvious, as often tends to be the case, that there will be those, such as yourself, who cling to controversy where none really exists. :)


(Oh, and you're going to need more than aloe to treat THAT burn :) )


Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@cheto88 @Gravity_Slave 

I'd love to know where you get your numbers.  Source? I'd bet a paycheck that CoD or Halo alone beats that.  Sad that everytime you wanna play a specific MMO you gotta pay a separate subscription.  it all adds up.  But hey, you dropped $1200 on a gaming rig, what's another $15 a month!

@mcmayhem88 

By your own logic, that makes you a snob too.  Kinda sucks when you don't think things thru huh?

And you're actually right, the PC ship has indeed been sinking since the 1990's.  See, you can be right when you don't try.  You probably weren't old enough, probably sh*tting your jammies while watching Power Rangers but when the PC was strong in the 90's...the console was in the back seat.  Gaming stores were wall-to-wall with PC games, accessories and magazines.  No more.

In the 90's, consoles had to wait years to get a dumbed down PC port. No more, in fact its the other way around. The 90's is also the time when consoles didn't go online, have Multiplayer, DLC and patches/fixes, surf the web, stream movies etc.

Guess what pal...consoles are doing all that and more.  Its a stronger platform because its dedicated to gaming, not a multitasking with stuff running in the backround like a PC.  That is also why consoles have a longer life span than your great and glorious PC.  (use aloe for the burn)

mcmayhem88
mcmayhem88

@Gravity_Slave It's hilarious to see you call the other guy a "snob" while simultaneously touting “Console Superiority.” According to you guys, the PC ship has been sinking since the mid 90’s… After a while, your argument gets less and less believable. 

cheto88
cheto88

@Gravity_Slave And strangely enough the biggest game in the world (number of players) is League of Legends, a pc exclusive. Go figure.

mcmayhem88
mcmayhem88

@Gravity_Slave Lol? Who's crying exactly? You seem to be the only one crying "Anal rape!" here... Children like you have been crying wolf for the console generation for years. 8-9 years from now the PC will still be here, and there will be another kid coming signing into a website on his computer hypocritically calling others "snobs" (come on, is that the only word in your vocabulary to suit the situation?) and claiming the death of the PC yet again. Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other. You're all the same :/

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@TheOnlyConan @BigT232 @mcmayhem88 

lol its like throwing a rock into a PC snob bee's nest.  I didn't read through all the crying and pouting (too sad) but let me say this.  Stories like this and everything else going on is indicative that PC gaming is on a downward spiral. 

No matter how many times you elitists don't get a release, lose support, or heck...when one of your own (Valve/Blizzard) decides to get on the console bandwagon, you stand there and STILL proclaim gaming superiority of the master race with a straight face.  Well if spending 2-3  times more for slightly better resolutions and screen tear is your thing, have at it. 

The real sad part of it all, the part that is just pathetic is watching you guys brag about how your current gaming rigs are soo much better than the 8-9 year old consoles that are STILL on the market and doing well.  How well do you think the PC is going to hold up 8-9 years from now?  *shakes magic 8 ball*

"Outlook not good."


TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

@Gravity_Slave Rofl. "Next gen" is trying so hard for 1080p. Keep trying, keep trying. Oh wait, can't hit 60 fps. Keep trying, keep trying.

Now back to gaming with my 2,560 x 1,440 PC that cost just about the same as Xbox one when you add the core system, xbox live, extra controllers/etc. and full priced games (love those Steam sales). You almost had me there!

Now I really must go. Oculus Rift, X Rebirth, modded Skyrim/GTA IV (tried GTA V from redbox. You call that a game? I thought I was playing Mincraft. So many jaggies, bad textures, and random things just popping out of nowhere. You can keep that version.), and Star Citizen is calling my name.

BigT232
BigT232

@Gravity_Slave I'm pretty sure that it is well known that PC gaming has been on the rise not decline.  In the early/mid 2000s you wouldn't hear about a ton of ports but now it seems like every publisher is jumping on to bring games to both PC and consoles.  They realized there is a huge market for PC games and console games.  I choose the route of having the best of both worlds! 

mcmayhem88
mcmayhem88

@Gravity_Slave Right, because the consoles never resorted to sales tactics. Hey, did you hear that you can get automatic updates and exclusive early access to "select" games by getting a PlaystationPLUS account? If you buy all 12 months its only 5$/month!

You know what? I bet soon the consoles will come out with the technology to let you watch cable TV, right from the comfort of your living room. Think about THAT, a console that lets you watch TV ON YOUR TV. Now THAT is $50 well spent. Say goodbye to PC gaming, indeed. :)