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News 10-12-12 02:30 PM

Author: Blizzard proposed a portable Diablo prequel
Thus far, the only way to play Blizzard's Diablo series outside of a PC or Mac environment has been througha 1998 PlayStation port of the 1996 original. But after the release of Diablo II, Blizzard North apparently had plans to bring a version of the game over to Nintendo's portable systems.

As part of the run-up to the release of his upcoming Blizzard history book Stay Awhile and Listen, author David Craddock told ShackNews that the developers at Blizzard North split into two teams after the 2000 release of Diablo II. While one of these teams worked on the Lords of Destruction expansion, the other one put together proposals for side projects including Diablo Junior, a single-player portable prequel that would have been targeted for the Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance.

According to Craddock, the plan called for the portable game to be split into three cartridges, Pokemon-style, with each version having a different character class and support for cross-system item trading. The game was ultimately scrapped, though, because of what Craddock called "steep production costs associated with developing handheld games."

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