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Blizzard almost confirms Diablo 3 console release

Blizzard almost confirms Diablo 3 console release

Diablo 3 is almost definitely coming to consoles, but Blizzard is still trying to keep the fact a secret from fans.

A Blizzard community manager has confirmed that the upcoming action RPG Diablo 3 will be appearing on consoles as well as the PC, confirming the worst-kept secret in the history of gaming.

Posting to microblogging service Twitter, Blizzard community manager Micah Whiple responded to questions surrounding the existince or otherwise of a console release with the simple message: 'Yup. Josh Mosqueira is lead designer for the Diablo console project.'

Spotted by the eagle-eyed types over on Eurogamer back on the 10th of January, Whiple's post has since been deleted from Twitter. In a follow-up, Whiple explains: '"Yup" wasn't meant to be an announcement. We're still exploring a console version, but more importantly working on the PC/Mac version.'

Blizzard has been hinting at the existence of a console Diablo 3 release for some time, posting job vacancies for console developers, but has yet to officially confirm or deny its plans; and it looks like Whiple's statement is simply more kindling for the rumour-fire.

Blizzard has already come under fire for its decision to implement always-on internet-based digital rights management (DRM) technology in Diablo 3, which will require the player to have an active internet connection during both multi-player and single-player gaming sessions.

Are you concerned that Blizzard's apparent cross-platform development stance will result in a poor port for PC players, or are you hopeful that the company will be able to make something both console and PC gamers can be proud to play? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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FelixTech 17th January 2012, 12:16 Quote
I seem to remember Micah Whiple is the guy who had all his personal details exposed in protest against the Real ID system. It's amazing what you remember!
rickets187 17th January 2012, 12:27 Quote
An Activision decision, surely? Hopefully this doesn't mark the start of an inexorable decline to Blizzard's PC/Mac games becoming mere software ports.
the-beast 17th January 2012, 14:38 Quote
Lost interest in this when they said it would use the same restrictive online only battle.net that Starcraft 2 used.

Not all of us have superfast, always on broadband with unlimited usage!
Parge 17th January 2012, 16:25 Quote
How is this 'news'? The exact same story was posted 6 days ago by Hexus.

http://hexus.net/gaming/news/pc/33797-diablo-3-official-release-date-confirmed-consoles/
Gareth Halfacree 17th January 2012, 16:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
How is this 'news'? The exact same story was posted 6 days ago by Hexus.
What, including the tweet posted by Whiple just this morning? That was clever of 'em. I must remember to refuel the Delorean next time...
Bede 17th January 2012, 16:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickets187
An Activision decision, surely? Hopefully this doesn't mark the start of an inexorable decline to Blizzard's PC/Mac games becoming mere software ports.

Already started. Diablo 3's minimal-polygon art style is both a way of pre-empting Torchlight 2 and the only way they could get D3 to work on consoles.
Fizzban 17th January 2012, 18:37 Quote
I don't see a problem with it being on consoles, it's just a hack n slash game. And like it said in the article, Diablo was on PSX. I've still got a Diablo save game on one of my old PSX mem-cards..somewhere.

Quite honestly though, I don't really care what they do to D3 at this point. They already damaged the game to the point I am no longer interested. When I think of the hours I put into the first 2 games and expansions, it really is quite a shame they are going to lose what would have been an avid player.
Smellyhead 17th January 2012, 19:15 Quote
Exploring console version =/= definitely coming onto console.
Sloth 17th January 2012, 22:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
What, including the tweet posted by Whiple just this morning? That was clever of 'em. I must remember to refuel the Delorean next time...
Well played ;)
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Originally Posted by Smellyhead
Exploring console version =/= definitely coming onto console.
Is there really any doubt anymore? The game's well lined up for it and it seems unlikely that Blizzard would "explore" something that isn't going to make them money.
LordPyrinc 18th January 2012, 05:40 Quote
The following reasons are why I'm not too concerned about buying and playing D3...

A. Skyrim was also launched on consoles and still is a great game on the PC.
B. I played Diablo and DiabloII predominately online anyways, even if I was just hacking and slashing in my own private game. Being online with D2 provided the only way to transfer items between my characters without using a trainer/hack.
C. I play StarcraftII occassionally, but when I created my "RealID", I sure as heck didn't use my actual name.
D. The only time I'm going to be angry is if my ISP goes down and I can't play the game. It's a really rare occurrence, but it can happen.
Parge 18th January 2012, 11:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
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Originally Posted by Parge
How is this 'news'? The exact same story was posted 6 days ago by Hexus.
What, including the tweet posted by Whiple just this morning? That was clever of 'em. I must remember to refuel the Delorean next time...

The one that merely points out that Diablo was released for consoles in 1998? Doesn't add anything to the story really.
chemo 18th January 2012, 14:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by FelixTech
I seem to remember Micah Whiple is the guy who had all his personal details exposed in protest against the Real ID system. It's amazing what you remember!

ohh, THAT guy! :|
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