Diablo III For Consoles May Get no Post-Launch Support

Diablo III For Consoles May Get no Post-Launch Support

Reaper of Souls

Blizzard are still deciding whether or not to support Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition with post-launch patches.

One of the best things about Blizzard games is the steady stream of free, content patches. From Starcraft to Warcraft to Diablo, when you buy a Blizzard game, you can usually expect a plethora of post-launch support in the form of bug-fixing, content-adding patches. However, those of you eagerly awaiting Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for the PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One may not be in for the same treatment Blizzard's PC playerbase has come to expect.

"We're still working out all the details regarding if and how Ultimate Evil Edition will be supported post-launch," said Blizzard poster Grimiku on the official forums, adding "E.g. will we patch the game after it ships? if yes, should we only patch to fix bugs and address critical game issues, or should we patch in new content as well? at what frequency should we patch?"

He did confirm, however, that when the Ultimate Evil Edition ships on all platforms, it will include all of the updates from the PC version up to patch 2.0.5, and that there will likely be a "Day 1" patch to add in patch 2.0.6 content, too.

Currently, a rather substantial 2.1 patch for the game's PC version has been deployed on the Public Test Realm, which introduces new features such as Greater Rifts, Laddered Seasons, and Leaderboards - features console gamers may never see.

This doesn't bode well for those who prefer to mash rather than click, but can be somewhat expected considering Blizzard likes to give away post-launch support for free, and developers have had a hard time convincing Sony and Microsoft to let them give away free content in the past.

Source: Battle.net Forums

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Well if you expect me to buy a game that is not fully bug tested (which no game ever is) and then also tell me that I get no support for said bugs that show up.

Uhhh yeah no thanks.

Well maybe this will shut the "CONSOLES ARE GETTING THE SUPEEREOR VERSUN U GUYSSSS!" crowd up if nothing else.

I'm just happy that it's coming to the PS3. I was afraid we were all going to be left out in the cold. Uh...it is still coming to the PS3, right?

Okay, I understand if they don't do patches adding in new content. I don't like it, but I will understand. However, if there are bugs--like game breaking bugs or trophy bugs--then Blizzard better be ready to patch those, otherwise this is going to be very ugly.

This would affect me if I gave a shit about Diablo III, or any Blizzard game for that matter.

Posting a comment proves that you give a shit enough to tell people that you don't give a shit.

GIVING A SHIT-CEPTION!

Okay, I kind of understand if they find it difficult to add the new content post launch, but not patching bugs would be just horrendous.

Well... if Blizzard plans to offer more of their games on consoles, then I guess the answer is clear. Shouldn't satisfying a new market of possibly loyal gamers cancel out the thought of wether or not go the extra mile?

And if they decide not to include new content via patches, then there's still the rumored second Addon they could put all the stuff into.

Doclector:
Okay, I kind of understand if they find it difficult to add the new content post launch, but not patching bugs would be just horrendous.

Same company that, in 2012-2013, when players of world of warcraft reported lockups, flashes of light that were causing real world headaches, messed up world events, passenger mounts dismounting passengers, etc, had a lead developer tell everyone that was complaining of said bugs that they only wanted a single player game and should go play skyrim instead.

It's not surprising that they no longer find patching bugs or offering support for said bugs, a priority. Their new motto: "Suck as much money out of players as we can and do as little as we have to".

1) aren't current gen consoles supposed to have nullified such difficulties?

2) so apparently I have a choice of forced online for PC, or lack of updates for console

3) as much as I want to experience the story, I am almost too fed up to care...indeed, I have yet to play the game

4) I've lost the zeal I had for Blizzard, ever since they prioritized WOW to the exclusion of all else...(WOW never grabbed me)

Which means: while I want to care more for this game, while I am still interested in finishing the storyline...I will likely just watch a Let's Play on youtube, rather than deal with this crap. Sad thing is, I was totally prepared to buy it before the announcement of always-online.

Lovely Mixture:
This would affect me if I gave a shit about Diablo III, or any Blizzard game for that matter.

Curious article to read, then take the time to post under then isnt it? Look at me gais I DONT GIVE A SHIT SOOOOOO MUCH! I don't give a SHIT! It must be true, because I'm swearing about how much I dont care!

There's also this article for a Blizzard game you might want to go and inform everyone there that you don't care either.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135890-Molten-Corgi-Pet-Coming-to-World-of-Warcraft-Warlords-of-Draenor

Or er...this one. I didn't see you in that one and I've been following quite closely:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135860-Warlords-of-Draenor-Will-Merge-Auction-Houses

In fact you've been slacking quite badly, I haven't seen you in any Blizzard thread aside from this one. In fact there must be more stuff you don't care about. I didn't see you in any of that either.

Blizard just isn't what it used to be :(
That name used to practically guarantee a quality product... how the mighty have fallen.

RazgrizRex:
Blizard just isn't what it used to be :(
That name used to practically guarantee a quality product... how the mighty have fallen.

Totally agreed. They used to be my #1 favorite video game company. I never even dreamed that the day would come that I would lose interest in their entire game library.

Good to see everyone is jumping on the hate train instead of considering if its maybe because of all the baggage developers have to deal with when deploying content to consoles.
The fact PC is getting updates and Console MIGHT not should tell you that perhaps, just maybe, its because of console reasons and not because Blizzard is evil.

Aeshi:
Well maybe this will shut the "CONSOLES ARE GETTING THE SUPEEREOR VERSUN U GUYSSSS!" crowd up if nothing else.

No, it won't. It will make some of us say "Finally they'll feel what we are feeling now". But up until PC versions will get normal mouse support, normal options menu, normal key bindings (and possibility to re-bind them) screams about superior versions for consoles will not disappear.

Grape_Nuts:

RazgrizRex:
Blizard just isn't what it used to be :(
That name used to practically guarantee a quality product... how the mighty have fallen.

Totally agreed. They used to be my #1 favorite video game company. I never even dreamed that the day would come that I would lose interest in their entire game library.

Developers falling from grace seems to be a recent trend unfortunately (BioWare, DICE).
I remember having a lot of fun loosing most games in StarCraft 1 and Battlefield 1943 during LAN parties - ehhh, those were the days.
No you can't even play LAN in the new games :(

elvor0:

Lovely Mixture:
This would affect me if I gave a shit about Diablo III, or any Blizzard game for that matter.

Curious article to read, then take the time to post under then isnt it? Look at me gais I DONT GIVE A SHIT SOOOOOO MUCH! I don't give a SHIT! It must be true, because I'm swearing about how much I dont care!

There's also this article for a Blizzard game you might want to go and inform everyone there that you don't care either.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135890-Molten-Corgi-Pet-Coming-to-World-of-Warcraft-Warlords-of-Draenor

Or er...this one. I didn't see you in that one and I've been following quite closely:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135860-Warlords-of-Draenor-Will-Merge-Auction-Houses

In fact you've been slacking quite badly, I haven't seen you in any Blizzard thread aside from this one. In fact there must be more stuff you don't care about. I didn't see you in any of that either.

Come now, you know that post was just to +1 their post count. That innocuous number is very important. Do you have any idea just how hard it is to boost one's e-peen these days?

Sniper Team 4:
I'm just happy that it's coming to the PS3. I was afraid we were all going to be left out in the cold. Uh...it is still coming to the PS3, right?

It is. I was worried too, since they hadn't mentioned the PS3/360 in any of the promotional material until the release date was announced a few weeks ago. Up until then, I was genuinely worried that Gen 7 was getting the shaft. Especially since I came very late to the party and picked up the PS3 version a mere couple of months ago.

Not really surprising. Other than the hellfire amulet, all of the upcoming content is going to be focused on PvEvP (leaderboards, seasons etc) and we've always known that the multiplayer on consoles was going to be pretty basic. Plus, consoles are notoriously difficult to do patch.

Rastrelly:
But up until PC versions will get normal mouse support, normal options menu, normal key bindings (and possibility to re-bind them) screams about superior versions for consoles will not disappear.

Huh? The options menu is pretty extensive. Plus, the console version was only ahead, in terms of content, for a while because it adopted some of the changes that were in the works for the pre-RoS patch.

Scrythe:

Sniper Team 4:
I'm just happy that it's coming to the PS3. I was afraid we were all going to be left out in the cold. Uh...it is still coming to the PS3, right?

It is. I was worried too, since they hadn't mentioned the PS3/360 in any of the promotional material until the release date was announced a few weeks ago. Up until then, I was genuinely worried that Gen 7 was getting the shaft. Especially since I came very late to the party and picked up the PS3 version a mere couple of months ago.

Excellent! We shall hunt the Angel of Death with everyone else then. Let the crusading begin!

black_knight1337:

Rastrelly:
But up until PC versions will get normal mouse support, normal options menu, normal key bindings (and possibility to re-bind them) screams about superior versions for consoles will not disappear.

Huh? The options menu is pretty extensive. Plus, the console version was only ahead, in terms of content, for a while because it adopted some of the changes that were in the works for the pre-RoS patch.

I was talking not about Diablo :) I meant those "wonderful" ports that usually get to PC. Say, Dark Souls. Or Legacy of Kain: Defiance. That stuff.

I will not have any complaints as long as the xbox 360 version of diablo 3 ultimate evil edition is of the same quality or better than the original release of diablo 3 on the 360.

elvor0:

Lovely Mixture:
This would affect me if I gave a shit about Diablo III, or any Blizzard game for that matter.

Curious article to read, then take the time to post under then isnt it? Look at me gais I DONT GIVE A SHIT SOOOOOO MUCH! I don't give a SHIT! It must be true, because I'm swearing about how much I dont care!

There's also this article for a Blizzard game you might want to go and inform everyone there that you don't care either.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135890-Molten-Corgi-Pet-Coming-to-World-of-Warcraft-Warlords-of-Draenor

Or er...this one. I didn't see you in that one and I've been following quite closely:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135860-Warlords-of-Draenor-Will-Merge-Auction-Houses

In fact you've been slacking quite badly, I haven't seen you in any Blizzard thread aside from this one. In fact there must be more stuff you don't care about. I didn't see you in any of that either.

There's a bit of irony here isn't there?

gorsameth:
Good to see everyone is jumping on the hate train instead of considering if its maybe because of all the baggage developers have to deal with when deploying content to consoles.
The fact PC is getting updates and Console MIGHT not should tell you that perhaps, just maybe, its because of console reasons and not because Blizzard is evil.

Well it shows a dillema that already was present.
TF2 died on console because it was never updated, the reason it was never updated was for a variety of reasons.
The console version of D3 was ported by another company, so this begs the question if it's a problem with that company, or that Blizzard doesn't want to work with that company, etc.

Lovely Mixture:

elvor0:

Lovely Mixture:
This would affect me if I gave a shit about Diablo III, or any Blizzard game for that matter.

Curious article to read, then take the time to post under then isnt it? Look at me gais I DONT GIVE A SHIT SOOOOOO MUCH! I don't give a SHIT! It must be true, because I'm swearing about how much I dont care!

There's also this article for a Blizzard game you might want to go and inform everyone there that you don't care either.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135890-Molten-Corgi-Pet-Coming-to-World-of-Warcraft-Warlords-of-Draenor

Or er...this one. I didn't see you in that one and I've been following quite closely:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/135860-Warlords-of-Draenor-Will-Merge-Auction-Houses

In fact you've been slacking quite badly, I haven't seen you in any Blizzard thread aside from this one. In fact there must be more stuff you don't care about. I didn't see you in any of that either.

There's a bit of irony here isn't there?

No. There would be if /I/ was saying I didn't care, but I didn't, so there isn't. I read the article and the comments because I do care about Blizzard games. I generally don't read the articles or comments of things I don't care about, because I don't care about them.

Even if I didn't care, it would be less ironic, and more hypocritical.

Steven Bogos:
Posting a comment proves that you give a shit enough to tell people that you don't give a shit.

GIVING A SHIT-CEPTION!

I'm afraid to go deeper...

OT: That's cool, I guess... I mean, at least you're actually releasing a "definitive edition" for consoles, so that's a positive in my books... Granted, I won't buy it on Day 1, but I will consider it in my future...

elvor0:

No. There would be if /I/ was saying I didn't care, but I didn't, so there isn't. I read the article and the comments because I do care about Blizzard games. I generally don't read the articles or comments of things I don't care about, because I don't care about them.

I like to laugh at Blizzard.

elvor0:

Even if I didn't care, it would be less ironic, and more hypocritical.

like now?

Lovely Mixture:

elvor0:

No. There would be if /I/ was saying I didn't care, but I didn't, so there isn't. I read the article and the comments because I do care about Blizzard games. I generally don't read the articles or comments of things I don't care about, because I don't care about them.

I like to laugh at Blizzard.

elvor0:

Even if I didn't care, it would be less ironic, and more hypocritical.

like now?

You....don't know how either of those words are applied do you? It still isnt ironic or hypocritical. If you're saying you care in the sense that you like to laugh at Blizzard games, then you do give a shit, just in a different way, in which case your original statement was false.

That does not retroactively make my statements ironic or hypocritical, as there is no way I could've known that up until now. And if you do care, just for the opposite reasons I do, then that still doesn't make it ironic or hypocritical. It wouldn't even make them wrong, because you originally said you didn't give a shit, which was a lie. It would only be so, if I said /I/ didn't care. And like I said, I was reading the comments and the article, /only/ because I care.

Reviving this topic because I find it interesting that The Escapist thought it was worth reporting what features might not be present (post release support) on consoles, yet didnt feel it wasnt interesting when the final word was passed.

Which is that the next gen consoles will be seeing each patch shortly after it hits PC.

Guess its not Escapist policy to follow up on rumours they call news unless they're negative or shit stirring?

It wouldn't be the first time for this OP to post a rumor and not follow up on it.

I don't think he's one of the Escapist Staff.

 

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