Blizzard undecided on Diablo III for consoles

Blizzard project director says developer not working on dungeon crawler for consoles; PC game has been in "polish mode" for two years.

Blizzard is not presently working on a console version of the much-anticipated dungeon crawler Diablo III, game director Jay Wilson told Gamasutra in an interview published today.

Diablo III is not coming to consoles. At least not yet, says Wilson.

"We haven't officially announced it, because we're not 'experimenting,'" he said. "We tell people that basically we're experimenting, because it helps us hire people. The better people we hire, the better chance we have to actually make it."

"That's why we haven't kept it super secret, but we also haven't confirmed it, because we're not sure yet whether we think it will work, and whether we think we have the resources to do it."

There has been considerable confusion regarding a console version of Diablo III. The Irvine, California-based company has been hiring for the project since 2010, but no details about the game have come to light.

Elsewhere in the interview, Wilson revealed that Diablo III--due to be released tomorrow on PC and Mac--has been in "polish mode" for two years.

"I mean, there's certainly more content being built during that time. It's not like the game was 100 percent done for two years, and then we just polished it," he clarified. "But I would definitely say that that's the time period that we spent where there was a good contingent of the team that was focusing on polish."

Diablo III is the first title in the series since 2001's Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion and will add a variety of new features, character classes, and a new auction house system, which will charge gamers a range of fees. It will launch without player-vs.-player multiplayer and has set preorder records at Blizzard and Amazon. For more on Diablo III, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Johiden
Johiden

The only reason why I would wish this to come to consoles is because I cannot afford a computer powerful enough to play it at the present time.

mitch7236
mitch7236

It had better not go to consoles.

If it goes to consoles then they HAVE to give us (pc users) copies of the game we can play off-line.

Or do console players want to have to play only on line?

rangegear
rangegear

I REALLY hope this comes to Xbox. There goes my life if it does though!!

bmorgan303
bmorgan303

Playing the Pc version and absolutely loving it. Probably my favorite game ever so far. This game is far too awesome for our console comrades to miss out on. Do the right thing Blizzard, and bring Diablo to the masses.

HAMMERCLAW
HAMMERCLAW

We weren't holding breath, anyway. Blizzard has always looked down their noses at console gamers. Considering the unholy mess they've made, for most gamers. out their current offering on their platform of choice, who needs them? We've already have one Bethesda, bless their glitchy-yet-awesome-game hearts, we don't need two.

Llama345
Llama345

I find it very hard to believe that they aren't at least testing this out.  Wasn't it the big rumor two years ago that was what caused the huge delay? 

Gliave
Gliave

Damn weird if you ask me.

The new game-play and skill mechanism would fit a console like a charm.

If they port it out well, would capture a huge ass share of the console market.

 

Cross-platform online game play would even be more of a blast.

crashmer
crashmer

Well if starcraft ghost is any indication we won't be seeing diablo 3 on consoles anytime soon.

ruudparklimy
ruudparklimy

two years of polishing and still full of bugs... 

maxguevera
maxguevera

Ok so, I have an Xbox, PS3 and an iMac from late 2007. This game will run on anything a self respecting gamer would call a PC, as it does my shitty Mac. If your computer is too slow, then you're due for an upgrade... it must've been like 7 years or something!!! I'm a firm believer in supporting a platform through exclusives so I hope that this stays a PC... in the words of Jeff Gertsmann... EXCLUSIVE!!!!. Leave it for the PC guys please.

Mister_Zurkon
Mister_Zurkon

In other words, They haven't figured out how to get always on DRM and Real Cash Auction Houses on PSN and XBL

zinoalex
zinoalex

Not just the Old Blizzerd, but the old Capcom and old Squaresoft teams as well.  But i agree. the 1st 2 were classics because of the development teams. Anticipation and prolonged waiting will sell this game no matter what. But will it be worth it in the end?

 

  I'll also get it --but not for a while. I'm hearing about too many negative issues regarding the game. I'll wait till they get fixed. I am also waiting for Torchlight 2 as I believe it will give a better overall gaming ecperience!

Boochie
Boochie

Sigh... If only the old Blizzard was still around. All the good developers are gone and now we are stuck with the WoW party making idiotic decisions about how to ruin all their best franchises. Seriously... I'm really rooting for Torchlight 2 to be amazing because some of the best talent from the D2 is making that game.

 

Don't get me wrong... I'm still going to get and play D3 for sure in the future, but right now it sounds like the "always online DRM buIIshiit" is really ruining the game for a lot of people.

mustained13
mustained13

Gamespot called, wants you to read their review on PSX Diablo. A quick search will tell you the game scored well, much to dismay of some. If Blizzard wants to release it on consoles, so be it. It could drive a few to buy the PC version. Either way, they'll be laughing all the way to the bank.

xRownan
xRownan

Diablo 2 was on a console and it was just fine. I would really like to play this on my Xbox 360, but if not I'll just play it on the PC.

NaturalDisplay
NaturalDisplay

Not interested in a mediocre game on my consoles.

franky111
franky111

I don't see how it would be on consoles, afterall, the PC version is all on their server, not on a disc.

 

To hell with "always-online" games.

estroy
estroy

Just look at Torchlight. That game worked well I'd say. Why wouldn't it work?

shenron43
shenron43

I don't know how well it would be on consoles, but it would be interesting to see.

3partan341
3partan341

those were different times. i bet something like an enhanced version a while after the pc version is out will to well

Frosty192
Frosty192

It will never go to consoles, look how the first did on consoles and sc. Not gonna happen.

wexorian
wexorian

And ppl were troleld by gamespto that you need great PC, thus my brothers 5 year old pc with gt 9500 launch it on Mid max graphics, and my gtx 560 is Rocking of with better graphics, blizzard games are made like it will use max out of your video gpu. and better vid card will open more Options like wow have it.

wexorian
wexorian

Now as For D3 or any  Blizzard game for Console, IT's only for PC As loyal blizzard fan i don't want it to be Transfered on console Because it will ruin whole Thing it won't be special, Imagine if next gow was made also for xbox PS3 fans would be pissed off a lot.

wexorian
wexorian

Console Kids War against PC Gamers again lol, Grew up , PC gamers Say that Console gaming is fun But PC is more fun, Console Blockhead fans say that pc Gaming is junk. 

Raisiine
Raisiine

Okay I'm not boasting or anything besides its not that much of the highest-end pc but I was wondering if any of you guys could tell me if you think that the next-gen consoles are gonna be around my specs or like a lot better or what? I know that like with the PS3 they integrated graphics processing into the cpu and that consoles are not really like pc but I'd like to know what you think.Here's what I got: CPU: amd x4 965BE at 3.4ghz(not yet overclocked I might consider it)GPU: amd radeon hd6950 2gb

memory: kingston 8gigs at 1600mhz

and like a gigabyte mb im not sure that it matters all that much

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Diablo 3 can't be made to play on consoles and shouldn't be made in my opinion.  The reason is simple its the way Blizzard developed the game to with its always online DRM inwhich I refuse to support and any gamer who does is just feeding the DRM beast.

doremonhg9x
doremonhg9x

Blizzard was never mean to be a company which making great video effect game. All they want to archieve is the gameplay, balance and the experience of the player. While their game is not really need a High-end PC, their CGI cinema beat all of other company

slainta
slainta

I knew I was right. We console players don't need PC garbage that got an average USER score of 3.5 in Metacritic. That game is old, looks old, and few great cutscenes don't make it looking new. So much for the best PC exclusives.

shiss27
shiss27

They should use Kickstarter to raise funds for making them for consoles

Ju-noh
Ju-noh

It seems like Blizzard is not making enough money from WoW if they're making their old games again.  I still hate them for not making games for such a long time due to their focus on WoW.  Didn't buy any of their games, if they released them for the console then I probably would but my PC is no longer made for gaming since I find no reason to spend a few hundred to upgrade it every year.

psyrainia
psyrainia

 @mitch7236 there are mmorpgs for consoles, so yep it would probly require internet sadly, 

RealFabioSooner
RealFabioSooner

 @bmorgan303 I didn't like the game much, I laughed at "favorite game" and "far too awesome", but you'll gain a Like just for your positive attitude - a PC gamer who does want to share the goods with everyone no matter the platform. Kudos!

Calamitygear
Calamitygear

 @ruudparklimy I've yet to run into a bug. And I've played a lot. The server issues also stopped after day 2. So...

Calamitygear
Calamitygear

 @zinoalex The first Torchlight wasn't even that great-- never got why people feel Torchlight 2 is worth hyping. Now Grim Dawn (from the Titan Quest people) should be watched.

Aspen_69
Aspen_69

 @wexorian I was trolled by you, thinking you had something remotely substantial to say. Knock away the excess from your inexcusably bad grammar and all you have is a moron.

electro57
electro57

 @wexorian

 Mass Effect (2 and 3) was released to the PS3. 360 fans arent complaining.  Be fan of gaming not of one particular console, or pc for that matter. 

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

 @wexorian You're too much a fan of companies.  Why would a ps3 owner be "pissed" that gow releases on xbox?  What possible complaint would that warrant?  I'm not special any more?  Who cares?  Isn't it cooler that half the gaming world now gets to play this awesome game?

swamptick
swamptick

 @wexorian 

What the h311 are you talking about? Can you translate this into English?

Plo_Koon_basic
Plo_Koon_basic

 @wexorian I'm a console player, and i don't say that, you sir are dumb. Pc gaming is the best thing out there, it tends to make these console dev's amp up there shit to stay in the awesome race.

theljsurfboy
theljsurfboy

 @Raisiine Your computer will be more powerful than the Wii U but likely a few times less powerful than the next xbox and ps4 whenever they launch. Most people think the wii u will be roughly 4-5 times faster than an xbox 360 at the most. Your pc is roughly 8 times faster than an xbox 360. Even if microsoft and sony dont emphasize speed in their new consoles as much as they did in the last gen they''ll still be pretty fast for the time their released. For reference the current state of the art 7970 is about 15 times faster than the xbox 360 gpu so if the new console are released in a little over a year they''ll likely be at least that fast . If its more like two years they could be up to 30 times faster than the xbox 360

wexorian
wexorian

 @Raisiine Intel NExt gen, ivy bridge Cores are blwoing up even next gen Cpu, and NVidia gtx 680-690 also, Consoles are Using Cpu on max that's different between PC and console, IF PC was using Cpu on max speed it will burn a lot. Ps 3 is 8 core I5 7 is 8 core also, Ivy bridge 12 core with 4.2 GHZ minimum

Aspen_69
Aspen_69

 @slainta Go play world of trollcraft because that's all you're feeding.

doremonhg9x
doremonhg9x

 @slainta It got a 3.5 because of the humanity nerd-rage with it. Just get into it and you'll see limitless number of spam review with 1 score

Aspen_69
Aspen_69

 @Ju-noh It seems you don't know very much about game development....