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In a recent interview with Atomic Gamer, Diablo 3 Lead Content Designer Kevin Martens mentioned that Blizzard is "seriously considering" releasing Diablo 3 on consoles. The Diablo series features some of the greatest action RPGs of all time and has quite a large PC fanbase. With the success of other top down action RPGs like Torchlight coming out on console, it's no surprise that Blizzard themselves are want to test the water in the console industry. The studio has constantly listed job openings for Diablo 3 console developers so it's not exactly a surprise that they're finally admitting seriously looking into it.
Martens said, "Everybody had a PC, even if they just use it for nothing but e-mail and web surfing. Almost everyone has one, so we do have a pretty giant install base. That said, gaming systems like Xbox and PS3 and so on… Diablo is one of the more natural hits for a Blizzard title to go on those, so I think that’s why we are looking at it pretty seriously."
Now I've voiced my opinion on this before and have since changed my mind. I used to think that because of console limitations that Diablo 3 for the PC would have to take a huge hit to be viable on consoles, which, as a primarily PC gamer was troubling to think about. Now I think that if Blizzard takes a step back and releases the game on console like Valve released Team Fortress 2 on console, then that would be great. TF2 on PC is still updated regularly, has a gigantic fanbase, microtransactions, and lots of support from the community whereas TF2 on console has much less of a following because it doesn't have those things. It's still a great game on both PC and console, and I believe that Diablo 3 can follow suit.
If Blizzard can release Diablo 3 the same way, where PC and console players are completely separate from one another and the PC version gets updates and better support, then I'd say sure, let console people play what's sure to be one of the better games that will come out in the next few years.
The most important thing to take from the Martens interview is where he says, "We’re looking for console people right now to see if that’s feasible, but we just want to make the best Diablo PC game right now." And with that in mind, I'm sure whenever it comes out we'll all be happy.
Source: Atomic Gamer
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