Diablo III Might Show Up on Consoles

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Diablo III Might Show Up on Consoles

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Want to kick demonic ass through the rainbow blood-spattered fields of Sanctuary, but don't have a good gaming PC? You may be in luck, as Blizzard is in talks to potentially bring Diablo III to consoles.

BlizzCon may be over and done with, but the news keeps rolling in. GameTrailers TV's Geoff Keighley was one of many journalists on the show floor out in Anaheim, and spoke with a few Blizzard higherups - in this case, COO Paul Sams. Keighley tweeted:

Paul Sams of Blizzard says they haven't ruled out Diablo III for consoles -- and are currently talking to the first parties.

Now, okay - saying that the company hasn't "ruled out" the possibility is probably as weak of a confirmation as you could ever potentially get, but the interesting part is the second half of that sentence: that the Irvine-based developer is talking with the major players (presumably Sony and Microsoft) to make it happen.

There's no doubt that the 360 and PS3 have the power to make Diablo III a reality, and its multiplayer system would actually be suited really well to services like XBL and PSN... but there are two potential problems immediately visible. For one, Diablo III is heavily based around point-and-click (and click, and click, and click...) gameplay, where being able to send a ball of explode-y light at one particular spot on the map in a split second is absolutely crucial to survival on the harder difficulties. The mouse-and-keyboard interface seems very difficult to replicate with a standard 360 or PS3 controller, so unless they'd aim to rebuild the entire D3 mechanics from the ground up, that seems unfeasible.

The other issue isn't endemic to Diablo III, but should be painfully familiar to fans who bought the console versions of Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead - it's one thing for a developer to support and patch PC versions of their games, but rolling those same patches out onto consoles seems like another hurdle altogether.

But hey, at least they're talking about it, no?

(Via Videogamer)

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No thank you.
I want my perfect PC Diablo 3. The console owners can have their dumbed down versions afterwards.

Mr LS:
No thank you.
I want my perfect PC Diablo 3. The console owners can have their dumbed down versions afterwards.

So much wrong with that quote, since a) it probably won't be perfect, b) who's to say the console version will be late, especially since Blizz has no release date for the PC version, and c) it wouldn't necessarily be dumbed down. I think the controls could actually work BETTER on a console for this style of game, as seen in such classics as the Baldur's Gate console games.

Although the concept sounds pretty tempting (I don't have a proper gaming PC. In what way, do you? Its a Macbook.), I don't think it could work on consoles. The layout and perspective of the camera wouldn't feel right on a console, and theres also the whole point-and-click matter that is virtually impossible to deal with. The Diabolo series sounds like it has some aspects similar to an RTS (in the case of camera angles and point-click controls), and we all know they don't work on consoles, espcially if you haven't designed it to work on one from the ground up.

Really? Weird, that concept seems so foreign to me. I guess i could see it happening but why? Obvious reasons aside, well damn it i will play this on PC only.

Diablo 3 sounds awesome, I've never played a Diablo game though so I can't say anything for certain, anyway I'm thinking of getting it, but if I do then it will probably be on PC.

Awesome! I really wanted to play this, but was afraid it wouldn't run well on my computer, so that's a relief.

/console-tard joy

I hope Blizzard means making keyboard and mices compatible with the consoles or else they can just scratch the whole thing.

I'll get this on the PC first, but if it does come on consoles I might be tempted to get it for no real reason. I'm glad I have a ps3, because it already has Mouse and Keyboard support, so they just need to have it implemented.

So long as it doesn't show up on the Wii, I'm sold.

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Mr LS:
No thank you.
I want my perfect PC Diablo 3. The console owners can have their dumbed down versions afterwards.

So much wrong with that quote, since a) it probably won't be perfect, b) who's to say the console version will be late, especially since Blizz has no release date for the PC version, and c) it wouldn't necessarily be dumbed down. I think the controls could actually work BETTER on a console for this style of game, as seen in such classics as the Baldur's Gate console games.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance? Those games were freaking terrible.

Unless they add Keyboard+Mouse compatability, then the Console release will be dumbed down. There's no too ways about it. The keyboard+mouse offer so much more hotkey opportunities and menu navigation than a gamepad ever could.

While I wouldn't blame Blizzard for selling the game to a bigger audience, I'd be afraid that making it for consoles would push back the games already far away release date (one of the main reasons Dragon Age isn't already out for PC).

I'm not too worried though. Blizzard never has had much support for consoles anyways.

DRADIS C0ntact:
So long as it doesn't show up on the Wii, I'm sold.

Ironically the Wii is the only one on which a point-and-click interface works natively (though it isn't as nice as motion controls). It also has the largest installed base... I wouldn't be so sure that the first parties they talked to didn't include Nintendo.

Hahaha, no.

You can't play Diablo 2 with a touch pad, how can they expect to play Diablo 3 with a freakin gamepad?

As people have pointed out, the Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance games show how the controls would work with a gamepad. Not too hard to imagine. I'll be surprised if D3 doesn't come out for consoles.

Wow! Really? I think this is going to be the first Blizzard game to go on a console. I'm a PC but it's still good.

Diablini:
Wow! Really? I think this is going to be the first Blizzard game to go on a console. I'm a PC but it's still good.

You forgot Starcraft 64.

Random argument man:

Diablini:
Wow! Really? I think this is going to be the first Blizzard game to go on a console. I'm a PC but it's still good.

You forgot Starcraft 64.

And Lost Vikings.

Please Blizzard Please!!!!

I'll make a fucking shrine to Blizzard if they do this. I'll throw money at them and shine their damn shoes.

I can't describe how much of a wet dream this would be for me.

I'll finally be able to play it, not to worry able my computer as I suck at such things, and
play with all my friends over xbox live.

Amnestic:

Random argument man:

Diablini:
Wow! Really? I think this is going to be the first Blizzard game to go on a console. I'm a PC but it's still good.

You forgot Starcraft 64.

And Lost Vikings.

And Diablo was on PS1.

Amnestic:

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Mr LS:
No thank you.
I want my perfect PC Diablo 3. The console owners can have their dumbed down versions afterwards.

So much wrong with that quote, since a) it probably won't be perfect, b) who's to say the console version will be late, especially since Blizz has no release date for the PC version, and c) it wouldn't necessarily be dumbed down. I think the controls could actually work BETTER on a console for this style of game, as seen in such classics as the Baldur's Gate console games.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance? Those games were freaking terrible.

Unless they add Keyboard+Mouse compatability, then the Console release will be dumbed down. There's no too ways about it. The keyboard+mouse offer so much more hotkey opportunities and menu navigation than a gamepad ever could.

Anyone else remeber diablo 1 for playstation? It worked..... kinda. It just works better on the PC (where it belongs) and I really hope blizz dosent waste time with this.

Croaker42:

Amnestic:

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Mr LS:
No thank you.
I want my perfect PC Diablo 3. The console owners can have their dumbed down versions afterwards.

So much wrong with that quote, since a) it probably won't be perfect, b) who's to say the console version will be late, especially since Blizz has no release date for the PC version, and c) it wouldn't necessarily be dumbed down. I think the controls could actually work BETTER on a console for this style of game, as seen in such classics as the Baldur's Gate console games.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance? Those games were freaking terrible.

Unless they add Keyboard+Mouse compatability, then the Console release will be dumbed down. There's no too ways about it. The keyboard+mouse offer so much more hotkey opportunities and menu navigation than a gamepad ever could.

Anyone else remeber diablo 1 for playstation? It worked..... kinda. It just works better on the PC (where it belongs) and I really hope blizz dosent waste time with this.

You know what? This is the perfect opportunity for consoles to have more games with mouse+keyboard support. That way Blizz don't have to change anything between the PC and the console version and it paves the way for more developers to take note. Maybe then the RTS scene on consoles won't be so goddamn dire and can stop relying on gimmicks like voice control which don't seem to work for some people and make the game unplayable.

Yes, I'm looking at you Tom Clancy's Endwar. If you're going to centre your game around a gimmick and it doesn't work for everyone then you've dropped the ball.

I'd be fine with a D3 port to consoles with M+K support. It's the idea that they'll port it with only gamepad compatability that I worry about, because that will end up with a dumbed down version and that'll either cause a backlash from console players for giving the PC preferential treatment or they'll have to dumb down the PC version as well which'll give an equal backlash from the (likely far larger) PC playerbase for having depreciated the game's quality to make it work on consoles.

This isn't a problem. All they have to do is compromise the design of the game until it is playable on a console and add giant UI elements that don't respond to mouse clicks.

If anyone can make it happen, it would probably be them, I will definitely look into it if they make it happen.

redmarine:
I hope Blizzard means making keyboard and mices compatible with the consoles or else they can just scratch the whole thing.

they will probalbly make it play out like Champions of Norrath, the graphics kinda say the same thing, however the last time Blizzard tried to release a game for consoles it never came out (Starcraft: Ghost)

Okay, PC gamers. Lets get ready to....................................................SIGN PETITIONS.

Don't care about the consoles, just want D3 for my PC.

Amnestic:
You know what? This is the perfect opportunity for consoles to have more games with mouse+keyboard support. That way Blizz don't have to change anything between the PC and the console version and it paves the way for more developers to take note. Maybe then the RTS scene on consoles won't be so goddamn dire and can stop relying on gimmicks like voice control which don't seem to work for some people and make the game unplayable.

Yes, I'm looking at you Tom Clancy's Endwar. If you're going to centre your game around a gimmick and it doesn't work for everyone then you've dropped the ball.

I'd be fine with a D3 port to consoles with M+K support. It's the idea that they'll port it with only gamepad compatability that I worry about, because that will end up with a dumbed down version and that'll either cause a backlash from console players for giving the PC preferential treatment or they'll have to dumb down the PC version as well which'll give an equal backlash from the (likely far larger) PC playerbase for having depreciated the game's quality to make it work on consoles.

Hate to break it to you, but a mouse+keyboard interface doesn't work for everyone, and on a console it would be a gimmick. Mouse + keyboard is not an interface designed for games. Most people wouldn't buy them just for one game, and if the game only supports that it would mean they wouldn't buy the game. Might as well just not put the game on the console in the first place if that's the option.

How do you use a mouse on your couch anyway? Any answer which doesn't work for everyone is dropping the ball.

Skizle:

they will probalbly make it play out like Champions of Norrath, the graphics kinda say the same thing, however the last time Blizzard tried to release a game for consoles it never came out (Starcraft: Ghost)

I thought CoN was an alright game, if they can make it play like that, I'm pretty sure it wont be a problem. At least not for me.

Random argument man:

Diablini:
Wow! Really? I think this is going to be the first Blizzard game to go on a console. I'm a PC but it's still good.

You forgot Starcraft 64.

There's a reason we like to keep that forgotten.

Amnestic:
The keyboard+mouse offer so much more hotkey opportunities and menu navigation than a gamepad ever could.

But then most decent Diablo builds don't have more than a few active skills anyway, so you don't actually need massive numbers of hotkeys.

I find the mouse interface the biggest hurdle to overcome in actually trying to play Diablo, it's unweildy, unintuitive, and just plain shit for an action game.

NUUUUUU!!! now the idiots will start playing, do not want :( seriously, i agree unless blizzard changes the gameplay mechanis DRASTICALLY or packages in a cheapo mouse and keyboard, then it will either be shit or not happen.

Asehujiko:

Random argument man:

Diablini:
Wow! Really? I think this is going to be the first Blizzard game to go on a console. I'm a PC but it's still good.

You forgot Starcraft 64.

There's a reason we like to keep that forgotten.

There's a reason why I love Schadenfreude.

SharedProphet:

Hate to break it to you, but a mouse+keyboard interface doesn't work for everyone, and on a console it would be a gimmick. Mouse + keyboard is not an interface designed for games. Most people wouldn't buy them just for one game, and if the game only supports that it would mean they wouldn't buy the game. Might as well just not put the game on the console in the first place if that's the option.

How do you use a mouse on your couch anyway? Any answer which doesn't work for everyone is dropping the ball.

Maybe not, but most every game that's primarily for the PC is designed around a mouse and keyboard and the extra freedom that they give you. Something gamepads still lack.

As for mouse on the sofa, any laser mouse seems to work fine. I can use my 35 Logitech mouse on my leg and still play almost as well as resting it on my desk.

Why are you trying to hold back consoles? PCs currently corner the market for peripherals because they can support both gamepads and M+K, as well as things like joysticks for things like Flight Simulators or Mech simulator games. Encouraging the consoles to cash in on expanding their method of controlling the games will only seek to increase the library of available games, what developers can do with a game for consoles and to help bridge the gap between PC and consoles.

Don't tell me you've never heard the age-old argument that FPS games on the PC are superior to consoles since consoles are limited to their analog sticks whereas the Mouse offers far more precise movements? How is bringing such a thing to consoles a bad thing? I'm a PC gamer primarily but I dabble a fair bit in the other media and I have to say, I don't really see an issue with getting M+K to consoles.

As I stated earlier, the RTS genre is absolutely dire for anything that's not a PC. I'd like to see that change.

GloatingSwine:

Amnestic:
The keyboard+mouse offer so much more hotkey opportunities and menu navigation than a gamepad ever could.

But then most decent Diablo builds don't have more than a few active skills anyway, so you don't actually need massive numbers of hotkeys.

I find the mouse interface the biggest hurdle to overcome in actually trying to play Diablo, it's unweildy, unintuitive, and just plain shit for an action game.

I thought the mouse interface worked exceptionally well for Diablo 2, and I found it much more preferable to a setup like you have in the Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance games. We can't just look at this from our standpoint either. Diablo 2 is arguably what garnered the series the most fame and attention and brought players to the franchise, so moving away from the established setup to something entirely different (Mouse->Analog sticks) would only seek to alienate your already well established playerbase. I'm not a businessman by any means, but that seems like a bad plan to me.

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