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Update: Blizzard released the following statement in regards to the job postings:  “We’re exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles and are currently looking to fill a few senior console-related positions on the Diablo III team. As we’ve said in the past, with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we’re interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project. If you’re passionate about all things Diablo and have the requisite skill and experience, then head over to our jobs site to check out the positions and apply.

Please note that this is not an announcement of a console title. We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don’t intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game.”

Well I guess that means console gamers won’t be slaying demons along side their PC brethren on Battle.net anytime soon. Hopefully, somewhere down the line, Blizzard will show a little love to those who play with controllers rather then just to those with the keyboards and mice.

Original: Today Blizzard Entertainment added a few job postings to its website that are causing quite a buzz on the Web. Apparently, Blizzard is looking to hire developers with console experience for Diablo III. Now one can only assume that Blizzard would want to hire console developers because they are planning a Diablo III console port, right?

While this may sound a little crazy to some gamers, (I mean Blizzard is pretty dedicated to developing for the PC) it is important to remember that the original Diablo hit the PlayStation one year after being releases on the PC. You also can’t forget about the of StarCraft N64 port.

The job postings are for “lead designer, console,” “lead programmer, console” and “senior producer, console” and all are listed under the “Diablo III” subheader.

Right now Blizzard has made no official announcement about a console port of Diablo III. All they have done so far is list a few jobs. Everything else is pure speculation; however the evidence is pretty stacked.

What do you guys think about this? Do you believe Blizzard is hiding a console port of Diablo III up its sleeve? Do you guys think Activision is behind this in some way? Lastly, do you think the actual mechanics of a Diablo game would work on a console? Let us know what you think with a comment below.

Source: Gamasutra.com

  1. avatar R.S. Hunter

    I’m not sure how they’d translate the mechanics of Diablo to consoles, but I’d be really happy if they were porting it. The series is one of my all-time favorites, but my laptop won’t be able to run it.

    I’m not going to be able to afford a new computer for a while, but I definitely can afford the price of a PS3 game.

  2. avatar A.W.

    its crazy not to do it. Xmen legends, and marvel ultimate alliance has shown how their formula can work on consoles.

    • Not saying you’re wrong, but wasn’t the Xmen Legends series a lot less click intensive than the Diablo games? I only played the Legends series on the PC, but from my experience, it felt a lot more like Dungeon Siege (where actions were automatically taken care of, not queued by a click ie: assign an attack and the computer will automatically keep attacking). I don’t know about you guys, but a lot of my Diablo enjoyment came from the constant interaction with the game (clicking). Just a thought…

  3. avatar me

    but why??
    why ruin a good game with history by putting it on a “console”???

  4. It could easily work on a console, heck half the pc games getting released these days can already be played on a console controller.

    I find their attitude a little funny though. They are only hiring for high level positions and are basically saying “unless some long term pro who has been doing this for years and has some hit game under their belt applies we don’t care”. Yet if you were someone like that why would you leave your position you already have to work on a Diablo port and possibly nothing else afterward?

  5. avatar Ferahtsu

    I’m appreciative of Blizzard not allowing this idea interfere with the development progress of the game

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