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Diablo 3 PS3: Blizzard “didn’t want to emulate a PC game”

Tuesday, 7th May 2013 22:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Blizzard really seems to have taken the first console port of Diablo 3 seriously, making significant changes to interface and controls, as well as gameplay itself.

“What we didn’t want to do was emulate a PC game on the console,” Blizzard’s Matthew Burger told OPM.

“So, for instance, you can’t plug in a USB keyboard and mouse and play Diablo 3 on PS3. It was really built for the controller. We put a lot work into how we laid out the abilities and the camera. It wouldn’t feel right.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Burger – who is the senior designer on the RPG’s first console port – explained how the game’s inventory management had been streamlined, allowing users to go in and fool around with specific stats if they like, or just one-click equip new equipment without even opening a menu. It’s also been divided by body part, meaning you can scroll through your gear by tpe, rather than managing it ona grid, as in the PC version. Perhaps the most interesting change is the addition of an evade button, though.

“In the PC version you don’t have evade, on the console version if use your right stick you can evade left, right, back and forward. In this type of game having a dodge roll is fairly traditional on the console so we wanted to make sure we had that. It also helped solve some of the differences between PC and console,” the designer said.

“On the PC if you click somewhere you’re character automatically goes there, on the console version, direct control, you have to actually manually go there. If you’re surrounded by enemies that might be a little more difficult, a little bit more tricky, so evade actually allows you to balance that out.

“Something we’ve done a little bit of work on is our boss fights – the presentation, some of the mechanics [have been changed] to bring them more in line with console boss fights which have a lot of tradition. So we’ve obviously kept an eye on how console games are and we mirrored that,” he added, somewhat mysteriously.

Diablo 3 is headed to PlayStation 3 and later on PlayStation 4 – but neither version has been dated.

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  1. Eddie Rodrigues

    From what I’ve seen, the game looks “samey” just with more bloom.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. SlayerGT

    Can’t wait. I hear this is one of the best selling PC games. Must be for good reason.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    @1, it’s a bit different. different control scheme + some abilities changed and they nerfed camera for 3rd person view. Basically third person action adventure.

    and no AA. Lol PS3

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Richenbaum

    @#2 it also saw over half of its players quit within the first month…

    #4 12 months ago
  5. fearmonkey

    My suggestion Slayer, unless you really need a RPG fix then I would wait till you can get it on sale. I bought the game, beat it multiple times, and got bored. The awesome gameplay that kept you coming back in Diablo 2 isnt there in Diablo 3. It’s fun, but not near as long lasting.
    The Auction house on the PC version was a mistake. I dont know if the console version will have that same problem.

    If you havent played Path of exile on PC, you should try it. Its free and alot of fun, and is actually closer in style to Diablo 2 than Diablo 3 is.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. SlayerGT

    @5 Fear I need a rogue like fix. Not enough of em on Playstation..my game machine of choice. I played the crap out of Diablo1 on PS1.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. taylorlauder

    buying the game for my collection

    #7 12 months ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    @5 no there is no auction house in the ps3 version this have been confirmed. diablo3 will be good and all the diablo2 fun will be back :)

    #8 12 months ago