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Diablo 3 won’t be getting controller support on PC

Tuesday, 12th November 2013 01:01 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Diablo 3 on PC has a “very different rhythm” to the console versions, which is why it will be sticking with keyboard and mouse rather than getting controller support.

Speaking to Eurogamer at BlizzCon 2013, Diablo 3 console senior level designer Matthew Berger said the PC and console versions are quite different.

“The rhythm on PC is tactactactactactac – you’re clicking the mouse, you’re telling your character where to go, the rhythm is very different. It flows more, because you’re constantly repositioning your character with the thumbstick; you’re really never stationary on console, whereas on PC you’re a lot more stationary,” he said.

“When you’re playing on the PC, you’re not really looking at your character as much, you’re kind of focusing on the cursor. Whereas on console it’s the exact opposite, you’re drawn in.”

Part of the reason for this different rhythm is the addition of evasion to the console versions, which makes the gameplay faster in some ways. The camera is also more zoomed in, so players need to sue evade to move to safety rather than imply clicking away from danger. The result is that the two versions play quite differently.

“If I let you use the controller on the PC, then I have to let you use the user interface that goes with it, and if I give you the roll and I haven’t throttled the number of enemies attacking you because the mouse-and-keyboard players can handle all those enemies, but with a controller you have too many guys,” Berger added.

“The games have really been structured to take advantage of their environment and their ecosystem, so in the same way it would not be a good fit to put a mouse and keyboard on the console. It wouldn’t work.”

As well as the Mac and PC version, Diablo 3 is available now on PS3 and Xbox 360, and coming to PlayStation 4, including as a fancy Ultimate Evil Edition with the expansion, Reaper of Souls. Blizzard is considering supporting Remote Play on Vita for the PS4 version.

Thanks, Polygon.

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4 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    Yeah. No one wants slow gameplay like on consoles with stupid “Evasion button”.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. boothegreat

    And the sound of nobody caring whispered in the air.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. TheWulf

    Meanwhile, the Torchlight II modding community has managed just that.

    I have a friend who prefers playing games on a gamepad due to a wrist condition, so I was given cause to look. I can say from personal experience that this works sublimely without sacrificing any of the game’s mechanics or elements. It’s a very, very intelligent implementation.

    It’s kind of funny. I remember a big deal being made about the console version of Diablo III — and a bunch of modders did that for Torchlight II. And frankly, having played both, I can say that I prefer TL2 on a pad because the gameplay is just so much more meaty. There’s a lot more feedback and physicality to it. Stuff like how blows connect with opponents and all and just that kinetic feeling to it, which is something that Blizzard has never been great at.

    So if anyone wanted to play TL2 on a controller, there’s a very immediate way. Which is funny, because you can get TL2 for a quarter of the price of Diablo III. When you also toss in that it’s a bigger, better game, and one with mod support to push that even further? Well.

    TL2 is perfect for the Big Picture mode, really. It’s the simplest thing ever to have Steam launch it all at the same time, and you can just relax and play TL2 with a pad.

    Sooo… I’m not missing out on anything, here. Blizzard can keep DIII.

    Edit: It’s also funny that Blizzard seems to have fled from the PC to the consoles in a desperate attempt to make something of DIII there. It makes me wonder just how much better TL2 did than DIII. (TL2 was at the top of the Steam charts for quite some time.)

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Hcw87

    Shame. D3 is superior on a gamepad. Targeting, movement, everything.

    ”And frankly, having played both, I can say that I prefer TL2 on a pad because the gameplay is just so much more meaty. There’s a lot more feedback and physicality to it. Stuff like how blows connect with opponents and all and just that kinetic feeling to it, which is something that Blizzard has never been great at.”

    Oh you got it all backwards. The combat and animations in D3 blows every other action RPG out of the water.

    #4 10 months ago

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