Diablo III Could Be Coming To Consoles

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News Posted: Tue, Nov 16 2010 8:27 PM
Blizzard's size and success have allowed it to remain one of the only major developers still focused exclusively on the PC, but new job openings posted on the company's website could indicate a multi-platform future. The new opportunities are all related to Diablo III; Blizzard is looking for programmers, designers, and quest script authors.

Blizzard's Diablo III community manager Bashiok posted the following in response to various questions and concerns.
As some of you may have seen over on the Diablo III home page, we’re currently exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles. As we’ve said in the past, with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we’re interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in contributing to such a project.

To further reiterate what’s posted on the home page: this is not an announcement of a console title. We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs, and we have no intention of allowing a console interpretation to delay or otherwise affect the release of the game. As always feel free to discuss this topic here, but please note that we don’t have any further details to share at this time.

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the Diablo team, then head over to the job posts to check out the requirements and submit an application.
Blizzard's sole previous foray into console development was a version of Starcraft for the N64. The game contained all of the missions from Starcraft and Brood Wars but the Nintendo 64's limited graphics, storage space, and awkward UI translation all hurt the game's success. Of all the major Blizzard franchises, Diablo's UI would probably be easiest to port to a controller; modern consoles are also much more likely to be capable of rendering the game properly than the N64 was back in 2000.

Blizzard is known for evocative environments; Diablo III is no exception. You can almost hear the Ballmer zombies moaning "Develllllllllopers"

The best news is the company's affirmation that PC development is front-and-center in terms of development. We're sick of console ports that can't take advantage of what modern PCs are capable of. 
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fat78 replied on Tue, Nov 16 2010 8:48 PM

I just wonder how good this game is going to be. The style of this game seems a little old school and i am not sure if i would like to play it. Hopefully the long wait of its release will be wroth it.

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JAdams replied on Tue, Nov 16 2010 9:07 PM

No please no! i want it for the pc only! Optimize the crap out of it for the pc! I have been waiting too long for this haha.

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realneil replied on Wed, Nov 17 2010 9:39 PM

Three of my seven kids will like this release. I personally never liked the game, so I probably will not even try it.

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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fat78 replied on Wed, Nov 17 2010 10:42 PM

seven kids? Dam when i see my little cousins i think there is no way i want kids.

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