With the next-gen consoles just around the corner its worth contemplating the arrival of Diablo 3 on PS3 and the PS4 systems, and according to Blizzard the PlayStation 3 version is not “just functional” it said to be superior to that available on the PC. With that in mind, we understand that Blizzard initially started off as a console developer and members of the development team have spoken about making this game accessible for console owners.
Diablo 3 on the PC has been a successful title, therefore, it would be a wise move to bring this game to the consoles and The Penny Arcade report comments made by Joshua Mosqueira, who is the lead designer of Diablo 3 on the PS3. Joined with Julia Humphreys, the senior producer and Mathew Berger, senior level designer they discussed Diablo 3 on the console, and Mosqueira spoke about creating a game hand-built specifically for the console.
Offline play and not having to buy items are mentioned as well as their intentions to leave the PC version behind to concentrate on Diablo 3 for the PlayStation 3. The removal of the Real Money Auction House and the opportunity to play with up to three friends has been highlighted, as well as the possibility Diablo 3 could end up on other platforms like the Xbox 360.
One of the more obvious changes will be the ability to control your character directly using a controller as opposed to a mouse, along with making “all the powers feel awesome“. Mosqueira commented on the need to hand-tweak all the powers and in some cases speed them up, as this should change the gameplay experience. Using the right stick to evade makes it is easier to avoid trouble, although the face buttons are linked to your attacks, so more attention will need to be paid to which button does what.
In many ways this is said to be more of a challenge, and their aim is to take advantage of the left stick while controlling your character, adding to the combat rhythm experienced with the d-pad. There will be no reduction in the amount of monsters, although the attacks will now come in waves making the most out of the rhythm-based combat. Other improvements will be made to the inventory and loot, as the PC version can be tedious when it comes to sieving through the useless weapons and items.
Making the inventory easy to browse through is another enhancement that will give players the opportunity to see the different items and the size of the character on the screen. The extensive report goes on about the controllers and how these new improvements will make the PS3 version better than the Diablo 3 on the PC, as these improvements will be experienced in almost all areas.
While we wait to hear more about whether this game will be coming to the PS4 or if there will be a PS Vita port, this popular game is set to become even more of a success, especially if it becomes available on a host of platforms. We understand that loyal PC gamers now want a new improved version, although the changes made revolve mainly around the removal of the online requirement and the auction house, which could easily be done for the PC.
Are you a PC gamer that will use Diablo 3 as an excuse to dust off and make use of your PlayStation 3? Or would you like to see Diablo 3 come to the PS4?