Blizzard have always been (at least to me), a PC/Mac only game development company, though they have released numerous of their older titles for consoles, such as Diablo 1, Warcraft 2, and Starcraft. But is a Diablo III console port a good move on Blizzard’s part?
Blizzard have recently been contemplating a Diablo III console release, which will really broaden their consumer base, though most people seem to always think that Blizzard would never make a console version of a game of theirs, however a bit overshadowed, the first Diablo game was a success as a PlayStation 1 title, and Diablo is (as a friend pointed out to me earlier) like Dragon Age 2, could do very well on consoles, since I for one enjoyed the console version of Dragon Age 2 more than the PC version.
How this would work? I think one of the problems they could face in the interaction of the game, is with the belt system, in Diablo II, we all used to spam buttons 1 through 4 when fighting Hardcore Duriel in hopes that our brave hero can actually drop the beast’s health by even 1%, but how will that be replaced on a controller? It could be like pressing R2 on the PlayStation 3 controller, or the right trigger on the Xbox 360 one, and a wheel would pop out that lets you circle through your belt, but that doesn’t sound so practical, does it?
Another thing is that Diablo has always been a “click fest” of a game, especially when you’re trying so hard to re-arrange your inventory so that you can fit in this one large Charm that you desperately need, yet can’t find the small version of, anywhere, unless Diablo III would have PlayStation Move functionality, for point and click (which is still very tedious, compared to our normal trusty mouse), the console release won’t be very, fluid. Unless the game, would feature mouse and keyboard play even for consoles, just like how Valve have announced Counter Strike: Global Offensive would be.
For now though, Diablo III will release for both PC and Mac, no release date has been confirmed yet, but playing along Blizzard’s teasing, we can say that Diablo III will be released somewhere over the next 5 years.
Next up in here, is a gameplay video of the released Diablo III beta, the guys over at IGN were kind enough to make: