Diablo III has had mixed feedback from the gaming world, and has experienced a less-than-stellar launch, but nonetheless remains a popular PC game.
Now Blizzard is aiming at the console market with a planned release of Diablo III for Sony’s PlayStation 3 console–but they haven’t stopped there. Blizzard has today announced that Diablo III will also be released for Xbox 360 as well, and is slated for release on Sept. 3, 2013.
Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 iterations of Blizzard’s hack-and-slash action RPG will be released on the same day, giving Blizzard an advantage of having the title cross-over from the PC and console market.
Blizzard’s official press release touches upon how they plan to take a game optimized for PC play and apply the control schemes and other elements for play on consoles:
“The console versions of Diablo III have been custom-tailored for gamepad-driven action, with a dynamic camera perspective that puts your hero front and center, as well as an all-new user interface and an intuitive control system that make vanquishing evil feel like second nature.
Players can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up to four via same-screen local cooperative play or online over PlayStation® Network™ or the Xbox Live® online entertainment network from Microsoft.
In addition, the game supports parties composed of both local and online players. Once gamers experience the rush of Diablo III’s unique brand of hack-and-slash gameplay from the comfort of their couch, Sanctuary will never be the same.”
Earlier this week we also learned that Diablo III’s new game director Josh Mosquiera had a brand new vision for the game, and it will be interesting to see how those changes are implemented to re-define the game to bring a more enjoyable experience.
Many gamers feel spurned with their overall experiences with Diablo III’s Real Money Auction House and other gratuitous features, and have opted in for free-to-play ARPG’s such as Path of Exile instead. In any case, Blizzard hasn’t revealed if the console versions of D3 will feature the RMAH or not–but it’s almost certain that they will, as the company won’t want to miss out on the extra revenue stream generated from the game’s digital sales.
This isn’t the first time that a Diablo game has been ported to the console market, though: back in 1996, the original Diablo game was released onto Sony’s PlayStation console. Although there were a few variations here and there, the core experience remained the same, and we might be able to expect the same from Blizzard’s upcoming ports as well.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, had the following to say regarding the upcoming console releases:
“Playing Diablo III on a big screen with your friends brings a whole new level of intensity to the game, and with all of the control and interface adaptations we’ve made, it’s extremely fun to play on PS3™ and Xbox 360,” Mike began.
“In addition to the fine-tuning we’ve done for the console versions, we’re also including major content and design updates we’ve made to the PC version over the past year, so players can expect an epic Diablo gaming experience when the PS3™ and Xbox 360 versions launch in September.”
Diablo III is slated for release on Sept.3, 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Select retailers will be offering pre-orders for the Xbox 360 version, which will retail for $59.99, and pre-orders for the PS3 iteration are already available.