Blizzard Definitely Considering Console Diablo 3
It might seem blasphemous – it certainly does to us – but Blizzard is still very much considering a Diablo 3 port to consoles. That news is courtesy of Computer and Videogames, who spoke frankly with Blizzard COO Paul Sams on the subject. The gist of that discussion is that Blizzard continues to insist that their developmental decisions are based on factors other than financial concerns, and a console version of Diablo 3 just “makes a lot of sense”.
“We get a lot of questions about why we haven’t made a game for consoles before,” Sams said. “I tell them the same thing I tell them about business models: we don’t let business models or platforms drive our decisions. Those are secondary to what’s the most important aspect for us which is the gameplay.” So what does this mean for a console version of Diablo 3? “We think that the way we built it for the PC may need some tweaking, but it will ultimately be the type of game that can really make sense and be really fun, well polished and a true Blizzard-level experience on a console.”
These comments might provoke skepticism. After all, Diablo 3 was originally scheduled to be released ‘when it’s ready’, but is now adhering to an uncharacteristically strict (for Blizzard, anyway) release schedule. But it helps that Blizzard has never considered released a console game despite the fact that it shuts out a huge market, for good reason. “If I’ve got to jump through 17 different hoops and pay a lot more money to be on a console, that causes you to pause. But that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t do it if we thought we could deliver a Blizzard-quality product on the platform and it was right for the game in question”
Their track record is basically an unbroken string of high quality games, so it’s probable that a console version of D3 probably wouldn’t suck. But would anyone actually play it? Let us know in comments if you’d consider it.