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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 10:01

Blizzard said to be planning console title

Written by David Stellmack

Suspected to be Diablo III related
Blizzard has been keeping its eye on the console market for a long time now, but despite a few false starts the company has yet to bring their skills to the console market. Things could be changing, however, as Blizzard is apparently looking at a Diablo III related title for the console market.

According to have we have been able to dredge up so far, Blizzard is looking to hire some folks with console experience to join the Blizzard team to fill a number of positions. The project is actually being described as a Diablo-related title that would be just for the console market. It is unlikely that it would be an actual port of Diablo III from the PC to the console space.

Apparently, while Blizzard is bringing some folks with console experience in, the project it still in the planning stages and it is likely that little has been done so far.  Right now, the company has no additional details to share with the public and we suspect that it could be more of an exploratory exercise than anything else at this point. So, don’t get too excited just yet.

It would seem that there continues to be extensive interest in seeing Blizzard do a console title. The difficulty seems to be with Blizzard’s belief that their titles or RTS titles in general just don’t translate to consoles very well. In the meantime, we know that the company will continue to be focused on the PC/Mac for the long term, but exploring the console market might just make sense for the company to explore at this point to open a new avenue of revenue.
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+1 #1 Steve-O 2010-11-16 13:14
Maybe they just mean to re-release some of their classics from console days gone-by!

The Lost Vikings
Rock and Roll Racing


Everything since Warcraft 2 in 1995 has been PC/Mac only.

This could be shown as a weakness or a strength.

They make gobs of money as is right now, but I'm sure this is Activision/Vivendi sticking their neck where it doesn't belong, squeezing profits.
+8 #2 Dvich 2010-11-16 13:50
I'd like to see StarCraft: Ghost beeing de-iced and brought back into development, and of crouse be released to the PC as well. (Originally it had been a console project only)
+2 #3 Reaper27 2010-11-16 16:36
The first Diablo was released on the PlayStation, but the second one wasn't.
Maybe that's why Diablo II was better than Diablo, lol.
+2 #4 thomasg 2010-11-16 17:05
The article says Blizzard hasn't made a console game, but people have named a few in the comments, and I specifically remember playing Warcraft II and Diablo on Playstation, though they weren't as good as on PC, and I never did figure out how to enter the codes, like "glittering prizes"
0 #5 codechimp 2010-11-16 18:02
I could completely see Diablo 3 being ported to the xbox360. I don't think it would be "that much effort". They might have to tweak a few things here and there, but other than that it would be pure profit. The real problem I see would be that people would need to be gold members in order to connect to bnet and play multiplayer through the 360.

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