Blizzard Continues to Hint at Diablo III on Consoles
This weekend, Video Games 24/7 hooked readers up with a summary of an article in the latest issue of Game Informer magazine, featuring an interview with Blizzard’s Jay Wilson speaking on the subject of a console version of the upcoming Diablo III, which he’s directing.
Wilson said in the article that if they made the game for consoles, they’d rebuild it completely, not content to simply port it:
“Our goal, is to make a game that feels like it’s natively made for a console. If we make it, we want it to feel like a Blizzard game and that we built it for that platform from the ground up.”
Wilson noted that Blizzard successfully culled enough talent to create a dedicated console team to work on the game…even without actually confirming that the game is, indeed, coming to consoles:
“We are starting to fill the team out with new hires and some core members of the Diablo III team. Because we are close to done with [the PC version], some groups finish before others, mostly the art group. We’re able to ferry over some art talent to the console group […] We are still in active exploring mode; we haven’t officially announced a product. We say that because we like our product announcements to be a big deal. We haven’t been as secretive about this one because our biggest barrier is actually getting a console team […] People don’t believe us when we say we’re going to make a console game – flat out. I understand why they don’t believe us, because we’ve tried this before. We’ve also never invested in it to the degree that we are doing now, and we’ve never had a product we felt was appropriate for it.”
So there you go. Blizzard has a console team working on the project, they want to dispel the idea that they’re NOT making a console version…and they won’t say, “yes, we’re making a console version.”
I guess I can’t fault the guy—sometimes your hands are just tied. But, yeah, if you’re holding out on buying the PC version for a console version, that may not be the worst idea…that is, of course, if you’re really allergic to PC gaming. Otherwise, you’re some kinda lunkhead, I’d imagine.