Diablo III headed to next-gen in 2014 - Report

Blizzard developers say upcoming next-gen console versions will not be launch titles for new platforms; no plans for portable version.

Diablo III will launch on next-generation consoles in 2014, according to Blizzard Entertainment designers speaking with Diablo Fans.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are slated for release on September 3. Currently, the game is confirmed for the PlayStation 4 but not the Xbox One.

Game director Josh Mosqueira and designers Travis Day and Wyatt Cheng told the site that launching in 2014 will allow Blizzard time to create unique features for each platform.

Blizzard has previously revealed that Diablo III on the PS4 will use the DualShock 4's new touchpad for inventory management.

The designers also confirmed in the interview that there are currently no plans to bring Diablo III to portable devices.

Diablo III originally launched for Windows PC and Mac in May 2012. The game has sold more than 12 million copies as of December 31.

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273 comments
SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'll probably pick it up for some co-op gameplay.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Why is everyone saying that D3 is so terrible? I'm a console gamer so I don't know anything about the Diablo series. I thought it was a series that pc gamers really liked, but everyone's dogging it here. Was it because of the always-online drm fiasco? 

Is the gameplay itself good but the online was broken? I just want to get a good idea so when this game hits consoles I know where I stand.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I love Diablo 3 but I have already played my fair share. Hopefully they add something new to the console versions cause I probably will not purchase it for Console. Wondering why XB1 is not getting a release as of now?

Messenger360p
Messenger360p

Great another old game ported to a next gen console.

Oh & expect your account to get hacked & stats reset.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

They need to hand out sticks to beat that good ol dead horse... oh wait.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

you could just play the next best thing right now by the original Diablo 1 and 2 creators. Torchlight 2, i felt that torchlight 2 offered more interesting stuff and innovation anyway, like pets.

Diablo 3 did nothing for me :(

TreA314
TreA314

never played diablo but now i want to...looks dope

adupuis
adupuis

i am not going to buy its online only no thanks

ferna1234
ferna1234

lol at ppl who play this on next gen. its like riding a tricycle on the autobahn.

masfima1
masfima1

I got no problem with this, I won't buy it, but it really doesn't effect me one way or another- good for the people who want to play D3 imho

Frosty192
Frosty192

Fire the team and rebuild D3 from the ground up and re-release it as a free game for the people that had to suffer through the first POS that accidentally hit shelves too soon. 

vadagar1
vadagar1

blizzard how I hate theeeeee

oflow
oflow

yo dog I heard you like old games on your new system

darkscape
darkscape

Ummmmm why? The only reason the game has such successful sales is NOT because the game is good but because you screwed your existing fan-base thinking its a diablo game. 

I bet 80% of the people that bought the game have shelved it and wont touch it ever again.


halo-freak
halo-freak

I will hug 15 random people i don't even know if they announce that auction house will close down before the year ends.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Fix the PC version and release a goddamn expansion pack.

blackothh
blackothh

and still no plans to fix the PC version.

and i would like to know, how many of those 12 million "sales" were the ones that came free with a 1 year wow sub. because you could not pay me to play that game.

megakick
megakick

So they are going to release D3 for this generation and again on the next generation? WHY?

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

The only good thing this game did was soak bots and sheep from other games.

ioshilee
ioshilee

My only complain about D3 was that stupid map redrawing. I had a connection loss and after relog the almost complete map was redrawn. Didn't finish the game because of it. I know that Diablo is all about grind, but that is too much, imo. It cost me nothing, though, because of the WoW year subscription.

willzihang
willzihang

Ask Runic to port across Torchlight 2 instead-- it urinates over this crappy Blizzard cash-in nonsense. Blizzard have truly lost their way.

Torchlight 2 costs half the price (or less), and is twice as good.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Has anyone ever heard of Grim Dawn though!?

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

They should stick with Starcraft for a bit, release some expansions, then lay out Warcraft IV. If they could pull all that off, they're set as legends.

koospetoors
koospetoors

And PC fans are just sitting there, getting it up the tailpipe repeatedly by shoddy always online, terrible loot drops and real money auction house.

Gosh Blizzard sure knows how to treat the customer.

travo0159
travo0159

Oh the things that should never be but unfortunately are, those things that make you cry yourself to sleep at night, only to be awoken by a terrible nightmare, Diablo 3, you ruin the world.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

Fix the PC version before worrying about console releases Blizzard.

poovannaorcbane
poovannaorcbane

Diablo III would have been awesome if the loot drop was more frequent and better rewarding but after the 20th time game gets boring a total  snooze fest! 

NicholasT33
NicholasT33

@Vodoo If you've never played any under the series, then go out and pick up the first two games before you try the third; Diablo, Diablo II LOD. 

awoody17
awoody17

@guitarist1980 I was of the same mind as you bro, until I read a preview that said it played more like gauntlet than D3. Normally I would be against D3 playing like anything other than D3, but as you said, I've played my fair share of D3 and I've had a gauntlet itch that I've been unable to scratch for literally years now. I just hope the endgame is worthwhile.

j1965
j1965

@nyran125tk torchlight 1 was great on xbox u think part 2 will be on the 360?

snova9308
snova9308

@adupuis 

it's not online only you idiot.

... I'm not buying it either though  : /

awoody17
awoody17

@darkscape You sir, are 100% correct. Never would have thought blizz could botch Diablo 3 as badly as they did. Ah well, shows what greed and arrogance gets you.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

They should just pick a generation, and probably the next generation consoles.  It already sold something like 12M copies, so I don't see there being that much demand.  If it's a launch title with the next generation, they'll probably get at least 3M more. 

Even if they get rid of the AH, I still have a problem with having to play the game 4 freaking times with the same character.  Diablo 2 was hard to sit through 3 times with the same character.  At least in D1 you could slug it out in hard mode with a brand new character. 

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

@Navardo95 I just hope they actually make it different enough from Titan Quest. I looked at some of the skills and they are almost carbon copy renames. This was the version used when Kripp tested the alpha on his channel.

It needs to be improved and different.

arqe
arqe

@AuronAXE no Warcraft anymore. They already ruined Warcraft story and its characters with WoW ...

Navardo95
Navardo95

@koospetoors Always Online of D3 in consoles removed...

RMAH is also removed....

I think I would buy this game.

krystyla
krystyla

@poovannaorcbane Random dungeons, better/harder boss fights,  more limits to boss modifers combinations, crafting not only money extortion.


To this day the game sucks and we should do everything we can to prevent console gamers from getting it not only to save them some money but also for Blizzard to learn one's lesson

Hurvl
Hurvl

@NicholasT33 @Vodoo Only the first Diablo is for consoles, it came out for PS 1. 

I guess people are mostly annoyed by the launch fiasco, but also the new features like the Auction House and the mechanics that allegedly forces you to use that house instead of getting good enough gear through monster killing. I'm a big Diablo fan and still play Diablo 2 sometimes, but I haven't touched Diablo 3. I don't like online-only games and I've got far too many other games to care about one game that might not meet my expectations.

halo-freak
halo-freak

@valknight @halo-freak The auction house is like a powerful drug, it feels great at first but then all of a sudden you just feel terrible and can't live without it.

valknight
valknight

@Suaron_x Getting a 4-8 player game on the xbox in party chat could be a great deal of fun. 

Navardo95
Navardo95

@TenraiSenshi @Navardo95 @koospetoors Blizzard said that there are tons of refinements in the console versions and I'm not sure about the itemization tho..

I still don't know if this would be a success among fans on consoles but I do know that it will be a superior experience than its PC counterpart...as some of the major flaws have been removed.