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Rumour: Diablo III Charging onto PlayStation 3

Posted by Sammy Barker

The crowds go crazy

Diablo III could be coming to the PlayStation 3, if a retail listing is to be believed. The trigger happy folks over at German shop RedCoon have listed a product page for Blizzard’s uber-popular dungeon crawler on PS3, prompting speculation that an announcement could be made during Sony’s E3 press conference this evening.

The site lists a 2012 release and even details “multiplayer support via Battle.net, with opportunities for cooperative and competitive” gameplay. Considering how open Sony’s been to allowing third-parties to bring their proprietary networks to PSN, the functionality sounds entirely feasible.

It’s not the first time Blizzard’s discussed the idea of Diablo III on consoles. Late last year, game director Jay Wilson told Game Informer magazine that the company wants to “build” the popular PC title for consoles, too.

If this shows up during Sony’s press conference, it would be a pretty massive announcement. For now though, it maintains a retail rumour.

[via redcoon.de, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (3)

KALofKRYPTON

#1

KALofKRYPTON said:

With mess that was the PC release lets hope they test the damned thing before they fling it out!

DerekJenkins

#3

DerekJenkins said:

Sammy, I think PS3 would be an interesting addition to Diablo 3, but the problem with Diablo 3 (though its not really a problem, just a worthy point) is that it is a linear game run like an MMORPG. This means you deal with the same issues like downed server times and skill changes/updates you get from an MMO without the same type of persistent open world that makes it great. Of course, Blizzard is generally pretty good at addressing bugs which are present at release, so I trust they will deal with the server issues, but this still deals with the need to stay on top of updates so you don't wind up with a gimped build. This does not matter so much at the lower difficulty level, but at insane or higher, you need a SOLID build and SOLID tactics, and strategy guides get outdated almost as soon as they are released. I've found that I've had pretty good success, though, by relying on the gamers over at the Codex (http://tinyurl.com/DiabloGamer), as they are constantly putting up new material, new guides, new tactics, new ways to make gold and get the right gear, and responding to the updates as they come out. I've beat the game on Hell with my witch doctor, I'm now trying to finish it on Blizzard with my Demon Hunter. Once I finish that, I'm going to try my hand at PvP and dig into their PvP section for a solid build for that purpose.

With PS3, though, the expectations change. Computer games can get away with a linear game being played online with constant updates, but console games expect that availability for ready play unless the game is specifically designed around a multiplayer component. Diablo 3 uses multiplayer, but is not built on it.

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