Console version of Diablo III "up and running" inside Blizzard
We've been talking about the possibility of Blizzard's Diablo III coming to living room game consoles for over four-and-a-half years now. In that time we've gotten classified ad hints, cryptic developer statements, and even tweeted all-but-confirmations that a console version of the game is indeed coming, all without an official announcement from Blizzard itself.
Now, Blizzard Chief Creative Officer Rob Pardo has added more fuel to the fire, telling Polygon that a console build of the game is currently "up and running" in Blizzard's offices, and "looking pretty cool" to boot. While Pardo said the team is "hoping to get it far enough along where we can make it an official project," the company is still not at the point where a console port can be officially confirmed. Diablo III lead designer Jay Wilson added that the company is "exploring console options," in case that was still unclear.
A console version of Diablo III wouldn't be totally unprecedented'the original Diablo received a PlayStation port in 1998, complete with a local co-op mode. More recently, the Xbox Live Arcade port of Torchlight proved that the basic Diablo formula can work just fine on a living room TV with a handheld controller. While Runic hasn't ruled out a similar console port for Torchlight 2, Runic Games CEO Max Schaefer told IGN in September that such a move would require extra development time and downsampling of the game's art assets.
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