Diablo III for consoles 'up and running'

Blizzard exec Rob Pardo says console version of dungeon crawler "looking pretty cool," but still not an official project at the company.

A console version of Diablo III is "up and running" at Blizzard Entertainment, but the game is still not an official project at the company. This is according to Blizzard executive Rob Pardo, who told Polygon the fate of a console version of the dungeon crawler has still not been decided.

"We're still kind of exploring it," Pardo said. "We've got builds up and running on it. We're hoping to get it far enough along where we can make it an official project, but we're not quite ready to release stuff about it, but it's looking pretty cool."

Blizzard has been teasing a console version of Diablo III for more than two years now, though the project remains largely a mystery. It has never been said which consoles exactly Blizzard is working with.

Diablo III on the PC and Mac launched in May and has since sold 10 million copies, including 3.5 million during its first 24 hours. For more on Diablo III, check out GameSpot's review.

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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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beblob
beblob

it'll be a shame for pc, an end of an era but the way they chose to make the game internet based was the stupidest thing i have ever seen. to this day i am not able to play it due to lag, i bought it the day it came out and ended up on the second act before it got even worse. i still have not finished it and hope that one day in the future i can. If  they still have servers for it up and running and havent moved on.

bluefox755
bluefox755

How bout they fix the PC version first, then worry about consoles, ugh...start by firing Jay Wilson

spidermanmon
spidermanmon

Might be good if there is no lag like the pc one

Koozwad
Koozwad

Point & click on consoles...really?

Crimson681
Crimson681

Its gonna flop on consoles, I bet the game won't even run 60FPS on consoles. 

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I would love to see this game come to consoles. Make it happen, Blizzard!

Evolvington
Evolvington

Definitely want this if they can pull it off. It's a huge task, though.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Hey maybe off topic, anyone know if Torchlight II is coming to console and if so when? TY  

 

justin01
justin01

I remember playing starcraft on I believe was a N64, yea that was hilarious.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

Blizzard and consoles don't mix well together

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Not sure how they will put it together, honestly... As long as they stay away of ports like the first Diablo on PS1...

arizothwow
arizothwow

welll i think if this is the reason why no pvp on diablo 3 im ok with it i would love to play D3 on my ps3.

ryzarts
ryzarts

so thats why PvP isn't out yet...they're busy doing the console version. oh blizzard...how you've fallen

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Torchlight was EXCELLENT on console...  and that's coming from a former PC player of D1 & D2.    ....thus Torchlight 2 will likewise be excellent on console.

 

(Not sure what all this "Diablo 3" chatter is about...)

 

Hurvl
Hurvl

For anyone ranting/raging about "the old Blizzard never sold out to consoles", remember that the first Diablo was on Playstation. That game even had French, German and Swedish translated and dubbed versions, lol. I wonder how they're gonna do the whole Auction House, always-online thing there. Consoles have never had to put up with a lot of always-online requirements as far as I know.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

"not an oficial project" pfft! what are you waiting for? Console gamers to BEG a little? PC gamers to rage? You expect anyone to give a sh**?

 

Just release it already. Everyone already knows how much you like money.

2uneek4u
2uneek4u

Fuck just release the diablo 3 pvp arena already!!!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I like Diablo 3 but i dont think it would be any good on console..

I hope they dont go through with console versions of there games! 

Stick to PC Blizzard!

DarthLod
DarthLod

If it ends up on consoles ill give it  a try.

ravenkiller
ravenkiller

Torchlight 2 should be on consoles I mean for crying out loud Torchlight 1 was an Xbox 360 arcade game 

orth3rion
orth3rion

In my opinion, D3 still has a lot to cover on PC. This is just pointless ...

tightwad34
tightwad34

I know this game is universally hated, but I also realize the PC community are such snobs that anything but perfection was a total failure especially with this game. So I take it with a huge grain of salt and will definitely give this a go if it comes to our beloved consoles.

mvpew
mvpew

Not sure if the lag is acceptable for console players. The game stutter and lag a second or two everytime you move your map or have to load a big pack of monsters. Real time loading of game data big fail.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

Why would the consoles need an auction house simulator?

Saketume
Saketume

"We have the game on console - you don't! We probably won't release it or anything we just wanted to gloat and taunt you"

 

"we're not quite ready to release stuff about it"

 

Then why did you? lol. Not that I care about this game. And I have a nice PC to run it on if I wished. But pointless article is pointless.

adam1808
adam1808

Direct control works fine for games like this, I can see D3 doing well on consoles. After all Torchlight made a decent transition to 360.

ControlSchemes
ControlSchemes

If they ported an updated version to consoles I might just play my Xbox 360 again O.O. 

Elann2008
Elann2008

I believe that it has been up and running.  Feels very consolized, whether you want to deny it or not.  Less of a PC-exclusive game, then it was made out to be.    This really explains why Diablo 3 lacked the quality of Diablo 1 and 2.  

 

I think it's addictive to most Diablo 3 players, than it is fun.  The fact that Diablo 3 had a completely different team working on it explains why it doesn't have the same essence of what a Diablo game should be like.

exmachinad
exmachinad

D3 took a lot of risks and got bashed by nostalgic fans, that apparently have no reason at all to say why they dislike it, just because "it sucks".

 

It is, for me, a incredibly fun game, that does not aspire to be a mere D2 copycat with 3D graphics.

 

But by now everyone knows that the D2 copycat completely made by the numbes is Torchlight 2, so have fun with that one, nostalgics.

 

 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

 @Hurvl The first Diablo, and the second Warcraft, and Starcraft, and the Lost Vikings... People rant/rag a lot, specially when they have no idea.

GaMa__GaMer
GaMa__GaMer

 @GH05T-666 But Diablo 1 was release in the Playstation. So i guess, its not a  bad idea :)

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

 @GH05T-666 Fanboys are on their game today or should i say the crying "fangirls"

KrakenDEV
KrakenDEV

 @GH05T-666 or you could just continue playing your PC and shut up about console things all together.

realiamnot
realiamnot

 @orth3rion In my opinion its worth a try, as not many of us want to fork out a shit load of money on a computer that can run it.

malec_1
malec_1

 @tightwad34 Well that grain of salt is going to taste pretty bad with the crow you'll be eating.

 

There are plenty of PC games far from "perfection" that PC gamers love. D3 is hated for very good reasons. Hopefully you won't have to spend $60 to find that out yourself.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

 @Gelugon_baat They sure can and will, because they wouldn't want anybody to sell their used copy after finding out just how bad it is.

Binding them to the accounts where it's installed is much more "efficient" when it comes to making them tons of money.

 

To rule out lawsuits and refund requests they'll probably write something like "requires internet connetcion" in dark grey, tiny 5pt font somewhere at the bottom inbetween the disclaimer text which nobody ever reads and even less understands.

Elann2008
Elann2008

 @exmachinad 

I hate nostalgia.  I was over that s*** since the N64 days.  Diablo 3 is just a poorly designed Diablo game, let alone a video game in general.  

 

Get a f'kin clue man.  The people who made Diablo 1 and 2, and made them super-successful by the way, are the same people that made Torchlight series.  

 

Console kiddies and their lack of knowledge to research before they make themselves look like a fkin moron.

 

Didn't one of your teachers ever tell you?  Do whatever you want... but don't be a moron.

orth3rion
orth3rion

 @realiamnot  @orth3rion  I currently run any game at a $700 PC (except display which you oviously need for a console too) ... this is NOT a shit load of money. And I'm from a country  where the medium salary is ~$170. Of course I make more than that, but the point is that the argument with the price is not valid. I was just sayng that I see no pourpose for D3 to be on console.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @malec_1

 I realize that PCers don't only like games they consider perfect, well there is of course no such thing as perfect. And not all of you guys are the same. But at least comparing my standards and a lot of the PC community, mine seem to be lower so maybe I'll be able to just enjoy it without expecting too much. I have also never played either of the first two. Will that make it more enjoyable for me?

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @Elann2008

 If every gamer was like you, I would never play video games. I really hope you are trolling because if you aren't, you must be one sad, angry little man. You really think all console gamers are morons? You are the pot calling the kettle black. Open your fucking mind. God I hope you are not serious.

ProjektInsanity
ProjektInsanity

 @Elann2008 All you post is unqualified, subjective nonsense (with awful grammar), and then you pepper it with the usual ad-hominems.  Don't expect to be taken seriously.  Your statement basically amounts to, "I don't like it so it's 'poorly designed'; you like it so you're a clueless child. Ololollol."

 

realiamnot
realiamnot

 @orth3rion Yeah bills suck, they're the reason im playing a console these days! Consoles suck compaired to a good PC.

orth3rion
orth3rion

 @realiamnot  I know  ... I hate the bills :)) and I'm never on time paying them ...

realiamnot
realiamnot

 @orth3rion Ah right, i misunderstood what you meant by your first comment. The price for a good PC isn't too much but when you've got bills to pay, its hard to save up the extra cash lol.

tightwad34
tightwad34

 @malec_1Yeah, if I am pretty much forced to buy in game material, then I'll pass. I won't support any BS like that. If there is a way to not do it, then I may try it. It's too bad that one of the most highly anticipated games of all time isn't even close to what you guys wanted.

 

malec_1
malec_1

 @tightwad34 If you have zero expectations it could be enjoyable for you. One of the biggest turn offs though, is that once you advance far enough into the difficulties, buying from the Real Money Auction House is required(good gear drops are incredibly rare, they random stat their uniques making tons of them useless for any class), giving it a Pay-2-Win feel.