Blizzard still toying with idea of Diablo 3 for consoles
The currently PC systems-only action rpg has been confirmed to be already running on unspecified consoles at the Blizzard HQ.
Polygon.com interviewed chief creative officer Rob Pardo, who said: "We're still kind of exploring it. We've got builds up and running on it. We're hoping to get it far enough along where we can make it an official project, but we're not quite ready to release stuff about it, but it's looking pretty cool."
Diablo 3 lead designer Jay Wilson said separately that the company is “exploring console options,” which he said is part of their drive to find the next big thing for the title. The fruits of these experiments could come to market soon though for fans to enjoy and scrutinize. “A lot of that stuff will show up next year at some point,” Wilson added.
If and when there is a Diablo 3 console version, it will be a somewhat return to form. Diablo, the first in the trilogy, was supported for the PlayStation platform. Diablo 2 though remained exclusive for Windows and Mac PC systems.
In the recent decade, Blizzard has established itself into an MMO and PC game specialist, with the most recent titles of its three main franchises – Diablo, StarCraft and World of Warcraft – all evading the console platforms. This latest talk from the Blizzard bigwigs makes us think that the company could be looking to expand its platform presence, to the delight of console fans who have long been demanding so.