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Blizzard “doing an investigation,” into Diablo III on consoles

Thursday, 10th February 2011 16:04 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said during his talk at DICE yesterday that the firm is still looking into the possibility of Diablo III on consoles, but for now the firm prefers PC as a platform due to its flexibility.

“I think you could make an argument that a game like Diablo might play very well on a console,” said Morhaime. “It’s something that we’re actually doing an investigation into to see if that could make sense.”

However, the Blizzard president feels there are still a “number of issues,” that would need to be addressed before a consoles version is created. One hurdle is the ability to patch add expansions, actions which are much easier on PC.

Morhaime did, however, nod in agreement when asked if Dibalo III would be the easiest of Blizzard’s games to port over to consoles.

Last night during a financial call to investors, CFO Thomas Tippl said not to expect another release for Blizzard this year, but that two would be coming in 2012 – meaning the first expansion for StarCraft II and possibly Diablo III.

“Because Blizzard Entertainment has not yet confirmed the launch date for its next global release, our outlook [for 2011] at this time does not include the new game from Blizzard in 2011,” he said. “Should we not release a major title from Blizzard this year, we would expect, for planning purposes, to launch a minimum of two Blizzard titles in 2012.”

Thanks, Joystiq.

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  1. Manni - inside 360

    At E³ they will announce it for PS3 and Xbox 360 – I am really sure of it!!!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. StolenGlory

    @1

    That is if they decide to attend :)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Blerk

    I would approve of this decision. I’m guessing the PC version will be a no-go for my laptop.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @1, except that they don’t attend to E3 much, when they have Blizzcon.

    If Blizzard will announce Diablo 3, that will be made after the PC game is ready, thats for sure.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. StolenGlory

    @3

    Hmmm, I would hope that like WoW it would take a similiar design philosophy of being accessible to the most amount of users by virtue of great art and design over technical wizardry.

    What spec laptop do you have out of curiosity Blerk?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. back_up

    It’s fact that it is coming to PS3

    #6 3 years ago
  7. StolenGlory

    @6

    Where has this been confirmed?

    Share your links please.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Blerk

    @5, it’s probably got enough memory and processor oomph to run it but it only has integrated graphics, so that’ll most likely rule it out. It manages Torchlight lovely, but Magicka chokes because of the graphics.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Manni - inside 360

    Perhaps to Blizzcon, who knows… But they cant ignore the strong number of Consoles and actually Activision/ Blizzard have to cut down many peoples jobs. One Vision: At E³ they will become a huge room on the MS Pressevent to announce Diablo III – MS because they will pay more money than Sony – hehehe…

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Yoshi

    @7 Haha back_up doesn’t have facts or links he just has his opinion and obviously because he is a lovely fanboy everything he believes will come true in twinkly land <3

    #10 3 years ago
  11. blackdreamhunk

    I have only one thing to say

    pc gaming doing the daft punk

    Daft Punk – One More Time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGBhQbmPwH8

    love game devs like blizzard

    #11 3 years ago
  12. StolenGlory

    @8

    Hopefully knowing Blizzard, the graphical settings will be fairly scalable.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. back_up

    @8:
    blizzard hired console programmers for diablo 3
    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/31551/New_Blizzard_Ads_Seeking_Diablo_III_Console_Devs.php

    #13 3 years ago
  14. StolenGlory

    @13

    Ah right, so they are looking for staff (which may or may not get seconded to other projects) but haven’t provided any formal announcement as of yet.

    Don’t forget, this also happened once before in the past when Blizzard hired for the ill-fated Starcraft: Ghost, only for that title to be stuck in development hell and then canned years later.

    And also:

    “Please note that this is not an announcement of a console title,” the post continues. “We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don’t intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game.”

    So I guess it isn’t ‘fact’ just yet.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. StolenGlory

    @13

    But hey, I wouldn’t mind it being on the PS3/360; not at all, so don’t get me wrong on that :)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    They can as well announce a console version and then cancel it in the next financial cuts.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. back_up

    @15
    there is nothing wrong
    but PC gamers are crying in blizzard forums for not releasing console version.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. back_up

    @16
    don’t worry rockstar will do this for PC :P

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Manni - inside 360

    @17
    Money talks – no tears :)

    #19 3 years ago
  20. StolenGlory

    @17

    Would you buy Diablo III if it came out on the PS3? Is it the type of game that interests you?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. back_up

    @19
    exactly
    if developers feels game can make profit on console or PC and then they bring to console or PC.
    Recently Take 2 announce darkness 2 for PC may be they think there is audience for darkness 2 on PC which might help game in sales

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Manni - inside 360

    @20
    I would buy two copies if it cames out for Xbox 360…

    Such games I would to play on my couch with a cup of coffee, on my huge HD TV and big sound :)

    #22 3 years ago
  23. back_up

    i have played diablo on PS and found very good so ofcourse i will buy it

    #23 3 years ago
  24. StolenGlory

    @22

    Good stuff!

    @23

    Diablo on the original PS… Ahhh the memories :)

    #24 3 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    Please investigate after the game was released for PC. You sloths.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Blerk

    I just hope I can run it on something. Don’t much care what.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. OrbitMonkey

    Pfft, who needs this LOTR wannabe, Emo shit? Dragon Age is the new benchmark!!

    #27 3 years ago
  28. back_up

    @24:
    yes and it has very high replay valve it still remember it playing for hours.
    Blizzard games are top notch quality with very high replay valves which makes them best developers.
    and your will be buying PC version i assume

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Hybridpsycho

    That’s why they made so shitty graphics :)

    Still getting it tho.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Uncontested

    This is why its taking so god-damn long to release this already.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. OlderGamer

    @27 lol thats a joke right?

    Dragon Age?

    Nice but no where near the monster that Diablo is.

    And blerk, as I am sure you know, Tourchlight II is using the same engine(albeit tweaked) as the first one, so running it on lower power machines shouldn’t be an issue. Toss in multiplayer and more more more and its a win. When that comes out I will join you for some multiplayer on Steam if your interested?

    #31 3 years ago
  32. OrbitMonkey

    @31 Bah! You saw through my blatant attempt at trolling then? I know theirs love for this, is it deserved?

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Blerk

    I could indeed be up for a bit of that, OG!

    #33 3 years ago
  34. monkeygourmet

    Does diablo 3 have confirmed co-op or is it some kind of versus multiplayer? I really hope they bring this to the 360, would be excellent with co-op dungeon crawling!

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Gekidami

    “One hurdle is the ability to patch add expansions, actions which are much easier on PC.”

    Ahem, Mr. Morhaime, there is one console where its as easy to add those things through direct downloads as it is on PC. Just sayin’.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Kalain

    @35
    Nope.. Still needs to be certified by Sony, but it doesn’t need to be hosted on any of sony’s update servers. 360 is more hoops and needs to be hosted on MS’s update servers.

    So, its not as easy as it is on PC as you still need to jump through hoops to get it there

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Gekidami

    ^Certification is hardly a big problem, seeing as it only results in patches taking abit more time to arrive, they could also make like Valve and add their own download system to the game.

    The biggest problem is that updates on 360 are limited to a ridiculously small size. On PS3 they are not.

    To put it simpley, adding content through patches, and significant changes arent possible on 360 at all and thats an obvious turn off for a dev like Blizzard who are used to the liberty of making fixes on their games at later points.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Blerk

    Well, it is possible – the route is just different if you have a patch that’s greater than 4mb. It has to be a downloadable file in that case rather than a patch, like Burnout Paradise (and various other titles) do it.

    I suspect Microsoft frowns on this somewhat and makes it as unappealing option as possible. Which is good in a way, because who wants ginormous updates? But if it came down to ‘having Diablo 3′ or ‘not having Diablo 3′ I suspect they might be more willing to flex.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    “because who wants ginormous updates?”

    Developers.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. Blerk

    Pft. Screw those guys! :-D

    #40 3 years ago
  41. Kalain

    @Geki

    I’m not argueing with you at all on the matter, but agreeing, just saying that you still have certification hoops to jump through on the PS3. The only people who do’t have to be certified are sony’s 1st party devs for some reason :(

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Gekidami

    Its not exactly clear, but from what i’m hearing Valve are getting around Sonys Certification with Steam. Which makes sense because it has cross-platform play with PC, and having updates come out a good 2 weeks after PC would hinder that.

    I dont see why other devs couldnt do the same thing, dosent Blizz have their own download service?

    #42 3 years ago