Diablo III announced for PS3, PlayStation 4
posted on 02.20.13 at 07:58 PM EST by (@salromano)
Old-school PC developer back on console.

Blizzard Entertainment has announced it’s bringing Diablo III to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 through a “strategic partnership” with Sony, through which they “will take over the world.”

“One of the things people don’t really know about Blizzard is that we actually go our start as a console game development shop,” said Blizzard senior VP of story and franchise development Chris Metzen. “You could say that console game development really is just in our blood.

“All these years, we’ve really played on the PC side of the street. We’ve held a deep desire to get back into the mix and to bring console players some of the home-cooked imagination and adventure that we love to develop.”

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Diablo III will be based on the PC version, including all of the latest upgrades, such as the Paragon leveling system, customizable Monster Power, Brawling, and Legendary items.

Blizzard is developing an “intuitive control scheme” and “new dynamic camera perspective” that aims to “make questing and combat in the world of Sanctuary feel like second nature on PlayStation platforms,” as well. The game will offer single-player, four-player online, and local co-op modes.

Diablo III looks and plays great on the PlayStation,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We put a lot of care and thought into the PlayStation version to make sure it would deliver an authentic Diablo gaming experience, and we’re really pleased with the results. We can’t wait for players to try it out at PAX East.”

  • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

    I keep defending this game for the haters cuz Blizzard really turned it around me for me and most of the haters beat the game, had fun, and THEN whined about it after they beat it already…but I’m confused as to how this will work on console controllers. the controls for diablo 1 on PSX were TERRIBLE and really didnt work especially compared to the PC version. PS4 touchpad I can see being viable but they’ll have to slow down the PS3 version a lot in terms of action for it to work.

    • gold163

      The game’s already plenty slow in my opinion. They don’t need to make it work well so much as make it work at all. History has shown that most people will be content with mediocre controls for these types of ports. Hell, PC gamers have had to put up with that shit for the longest time anyway (no goddammit, I don’t have an Xbox controller, stop giving me those button prompts).

      If Torchlight on the Xbox has shown, there are ways to make it work. In that case they *did* change a lot of game mechanics to make it feel right, but Blizzard’s got so much marketing power that it won’t particularly matter if the port is good or not. It will sell anyway. I doubt Blizzard is particularly concerned with the finer details of how it will work, and if it’s any sign of things they were hiring PS3 developers since way back in the PC version’s development. We can assume they have a handle on things at this time (like they did with the PC version, hurr hurr).

      And well, times have changed. I highly doubt anybody involved in the PSX port of Diablo is still around (Blizz North disbanded a long time ago and it wouldn’t surprise me if they outsourced for console development back then anyway), and a company as massive as Blizzard surely has the budget to dedicate to this sort of development. Whether they’ll use that money wisely is a completely different matter; you’ll have to excuse me for not having faith in the company at this point.

      • http://kougeru.tumblr.com/ Kou

        Wow. Really solid post. Like I said, they turned the game around for me with patches, but I already got 200 hours of fun with the game before they even did that. I didn’t expect a revolutionary game like Diablo 2 was. It just didn’t seem possible to me. People got their expectations up too high and were let down (Again, after they had fun beating the game first). They put a lot of time and money into all these patches and making the game better over time when they had no real obligation to do so, other than to get people to buy Diablo 4 I guess. In short, I still do have some faith in them since they’re still trying really hard to get the game to meet fan’s demands.

        Torchlight is the exact example I was thinking of. It was a single player game so it was a lot more condensed and thus less of an issue , than Diablo 3/Torchlight 2. It still felt really terrible after putting so many hours into the PC versions. I’m not uspet like a lot of Diablo fans are. I’m just really curious to see how it will work..or won’t work.

  • ShinAsura

    It was a let down on PC, don’t see how it’ll be any better on a console

    • gold163

      Who said anything about being better?

    • YangTerlupakan

      Control?
      gameplay?
      story?
      Graphic???

      who care if console version is not better from PC version
      what i expecting from is blizzard annocuned croos play so i can play with PS3 or Ps4 user

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Well, they can’t force console players to be always online, so that’s a huge improvement, if you ask me. Did not pick it up on PC as always on in an SP game is worse than UBI DRM on PC. Now I might delve into it.

  • rockman29

    The problem I see is that the game is old hat.

    The only way this deal makes sense if new games (like SC2) come on PS4 day and date or within the month of release on PC.

    If that is the future, I applaud the direction of Blizzard and Sony.

    It also makes sense if the PC and PS4 are to both be x86 with similar GPU architecture, I can’t see why this shouldn’t be the cas.e

    Only if licensing issues get in the way (costs to run Bnet on PS4, which I dont see a problem; or cost of licensing to make games on PS4, which Blizz could be annoyed with since no such thing exists on PC), I can see the future being fuzzy.

    However if this “strategic partnership” means games will come out for PS4 like they should…..

    It’s about time we had SC2 and D3 on the consoles and RTS in general with KB/M back on the consoles!!!! It’s been too long since SC on N64, C&C and PS1 and N64, and AOEII on PS2!!!! We need proper PC quality titles back on the consoles, and they can realy do it service this time!!!

    “It’s about time”

    • KurisuMakise

      Well said sir, well said. KB/M options and good use of the touch pad, and I’ll bite. Besides I think Diablo 3 optimized for a controller is a good thing. I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

  • Locksus

    I very much enjoyed playing through the first act of the game (had a started edition account). It is a very good game on its own, even though inferior to Diablo 2. I cannot wait to see how it’ll look and play on a console.

  • donveve

    wow that’d be awesome i’d love to play diablo on my PS3