Rumor: Blizzard Considering Diablo for Consoles

On the heels of yesterday's Activision Blizzard Q4 2010 earnings call, rumors are circulating that Blizzard may bring Diablo to consoles. Joystiq...

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On the heels of yesterday's Activision Blizzard Q4 2010 earnings call, rumors are circulating that Blizzard may bring Diablo to consoles. Joystiq reports that Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime added fuel to the long-standing rumors at the DICE Summit yesterday.

"I think you could make an argument that a game like Diablo might play very well on a console," he said. "It's something that we're actually doing an investigation into to see if that could make sense." Morhaime said issues like the ability to patch and add expansions are concerns, but believes Diablo is the easiest console port in Blizzard's catalog.

This isn't the first time we've heard these sentiments from Blizzard. Morhaime made similar comments as far back as 2008. Only months ago Blizzard was hiring to explore a "Diablo-related project" on consoles, but the company promised it wouldn't delay the game's release.

The timing comes just after Blizzard announced at its investors call that it planned to cut its peripheral games like the Guitar Hero franchise and focus more on sure-fire hits like Call of Duty. Included in the announcement was word that Blizzard might not release a game in 2011, but that would mean at least two in 2012.

At this point, it would almost be more surprising if we didn't see some iteration of Diablo on consoles. The team at Blizzard has apparently been "investigating" the idea for over two years, and Blizzard executives just keep mentioning it. A console port is far from confirmed, but consider this yet another log on the fire.

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    February 10, 2011 10:04 AM

    I wonder if Torchlight's reception on XBLA will influence this decision.

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      February 10, 2011 10:23 AM

      I'm sure it'll have a bearing on the decision, but probably not enough to sway things too heavily one way or the other. I think more than anything they'll look at what Torchlight does right and wrong on XBLA, and try to tailor a few design decisions around that.

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      February 10, 2011 10:26 AM

      I kind of wish it would come to PSN actually. Would be a fun couch co-op game imho.

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        February 10, 2011 10:28 AM

        There's no way Diablo 3 will be a PSN/XBLA game. If it comes to consoles, it will be a full-priced retail game, and you'll almost certainly be able to play it online.

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          February 10, 2011 1:11 PM

          Oh I was talking about Torchlight actually, lol. Sorry for the miss-communication. I would totally pay full price for Diablo 3 console.

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      February 10, 2011 10:48 AM

      I find it funny that they use quotes like "I think you could make an argument that a game like Diablo might play very well on a console," and "It's something that we're actually doing an investigation into to see if that could make sense." when Runic is already doing it.