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Blizzard: "We are not anti-console"

Blizzard: "We are not anti-console"

Blizzard will definitely make console games in the future, says World of Warcraft producer J. Allen Brack.

World of Warcraft producer J. Allen Brack has said that Blizzard will definitely return to making console games in the future and that, despite what fans may think, the developer is not at all anti-console.

"It's obviously because we've made only PC games for the last 15 years, but there's a perception, I think, that Blizzard is anti-console, and that's absolutely not the case," said Brack.

The comments came as part of a Gamasutra interview celebrating 15 years of the Warcraft franchise.

"We're a company of gamers. I have two consoles at home. Sam [Didier, art director] has consoles. We're a culture of gamers. We will definitely work on a console game at some point. I have no doubt about that. It's just [a matter of] what game. What makes the most sense?"

Sam Didier however countered the claims by saying the PC was still a viable market and implying that Blizzard would stay strong on the PC front too.

"I don't see the PC market as being bad," he said. "I mean, we didn't have 12 million players ten years ago. Whatever the format, console or PC, I think if there is a good game, it's going to be played.

"We're working on PC because it's familiar to us and it's relatively easy and it's not changing formats every other year and there aren't three different versions. Console, we have to worry about [those things]. I think the PC is really a good market to target."

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proxess 21st December 2009, 14:23 Quote
Aww. Was the only thing I actually liked about them...
The Bodger 21st December 2009, 14:24 Quote
I can see their point - I don't think that the majority of their existing games simply would work well on a console. Then again, I'm probably more biased about this than Blizzard - never had a console, and probably never will have one... I just hope they don't 'consolize' the PC version of any games they bring out in the future - I hate having to enter names etc. in PC games using up / down keys or similar.
mclean007 21st December 2009, 15:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Bodger
I can see their point - I don't think that the majority of their existing games simply would work well on a console. Then again, I'm probably more biased about this than Blizzard - never had a console, and probably never will have one... I just hope they don't 'consolize' the PC version of any games they bring out in the future - I hate having to enter names etc. in PC games using up / down keys or similar.
I think that's got to be a thing of the past, given PS3 and X360 both have keyboard capabilities. What does grate about direct PC ports of console games is (a) lack of graphical options; (b) lack of thought going into keyboard / mouse control; and (c) shoddy loading times - I have a 1TB HDD FFS! Install the game there and don't load everything from disk all the time. In fact, don't make me put the disk in at all after install - have the decency to reward your paying customers with a lack of that particular irratant, and be realistic enough to realise that it does absolutely nothing to curb piracy.
javaman 21st December 2009, 16:41 Quote
I think it'll be more that they're forced to make a console game. After what company took them over? Only a matter of time until we see a console MMO.
Rkiver 21st December 2009, 16:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
I think it'll be more that they're forced to make a console game. After what company took them over? Only a matter of time until we see a console MMO.

You're a little late to that party......Final Fantasy XI for example. MMO on the PS2.
javaman 21st December 2009, 17:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Rkiver
You're a little late to that party......Final Fantasy XI for example. MMO on the PS2.

Did FFXI even make it to console? I don't remember ever seeing it apart for PC. If so I guess ignorance is bliss.
hexx 21st December 2009, 17:19 Quote
they could release diablo 3 on consoles ;)
cyrilthefish 21st December 2009, 19:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
Did FFXI even make it to console? I don't remember ever seeing it apart for PC. If so I guess ignorance is bliss.
Wikipedia shows it as available for PC/PS2/360
boiled_elephant 21st December 2009, 19:53 Quote
Wikipedia is a giddy idealistic fool. Nobody bought that crap for PS2 (or for PC, for that matter:p)
Horizon 21st December 2009, 20:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
Did FFXI even make it to console? I don't remember ever seeing it apart for PC. If so I guess ignorance is bliss.

It failed on the ps2 because it was expensive because it required a hard drive add-on for the ps2. Shortly after Sony revised the ps2 making the slim version which effectively shut out the game off that system since the HDD was a requirement.
Star*Dagger 21st December 2009, 21:14 Quote
Don't ever cite Wiki for evidence of anything, it is completely and woefully inadequate to use as a citation source.
I support Profs who throw people out of their classes for citing Wiki, it has been done and should be done more, fight against Wiki!
TreeDude 21st December 2009, 21:49 Quote
PSO, Everquest, PSU, and FFXI all had console versions.
LordPyrinc 22nd December 2009, 01:41 Quote
I hope Blizzard continues to focus on the PC market. I have spent more hours of my gaming life on Blizzard games than any other company and I look forward to spending many more countless hours playing Diablo3.

I do not play WOW, nor any other MMO. Although, I did play Guild Wars some, but I don't like the monthly subscription concept that most MMOs have.
1-0-1 22nd December 2009, 10:41 Quote
Well well - imagine Blizzard overcomes the whole console hurdle with World of Warcraft alone, a sizebale new user base would open for them although most people have console and a computer nowadays. Biggest problem I see though is playing WoW with a gamepad only. I played Fallout 3 with the gamepad only and is something I am not willing to go back at. Surely adding mouse and keyboard support for console should not be that difficult.
Unknownsock 22nd December 2009, 12:01 Quote
Tbh they should be anti-console...
Vodi 22nd December 2009, 14:23 Quote
Ugh, less in more in this case. I hope they just stick with PC games. The market is so weak already.
javaman 22nd December 2009, 20:10 Quote
all those games never appeared on the shelves here =O
Rkiver 22nd December 2009, 20:11 Quote
MMOs on consoles are much much bigger in the Asian markets then they are in the US or Europe, that'd be why.
metarinka 22nd December 2009, 22:37 Quote
why is this a Console vs pc thing? games are games I play them on whatever format works. some game models, genres, titles etc will work better in one format, or the other, or both. This isn't a war every one who enjoys games should be allowed to enjoy them.
SirShanksalot 4th August 2010, 12:49 Quote
Does anyone remember "StarCraft Ghost" which was set to come out on the regular xbox but was scrapped when the 360 came out look it up it was very promising they even had gameplay screenshots but instead blizz decided to not try and port it over.
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