We all know that the beta for Diablo III has started (look for our impressions early next week). There are videos of gameplay popping up all around the net showing off Blizzard’s new title, and it looks amazing. There’s one thing that Blizzard has always been good at, and that’s innovation within their games. They have never been satisfied with just pumping out the same game with a different numerical value at the end of its title. Every new release is adventurous and brave and the same goes for their latest installment of the Diablo series, Diablo 3.
While a PC game at heart, it’s been no secret that Blizzard has been eyeing consoles as a release platform for Diablo 3 and now they’re setting gamers up for that reality by preaching about how well it plays on an Xbox 360 controller.
Addressing this Diablo 3’s game director Jay Wilson said that they’ve tested the PC version with controllers and that it works very well.
“With some of our early experiments in putting a direct control scheme into the game via a 360-like analogue controller, I’ve been ‘Oh this feels even better, with direct control…'”.
He also noted that they don’t look at themselves as strictly “a PC developer – we see ourselves as a game developer.” Citing games like StartCraft, he explained that most of the games they make tend to just work better for the PC. He doesn’t feel that a game like StarCraft would work well with a console control scheme; but he does believe that you can make a successful RTS on the console. As for Diablo Could this be yet another unofficial way of telling us that Diablo is making its way to the console? Yes, it’s happening.
“One of the reasons why we’re exploring the idea of a console version of Diablo 3 because we feel that the controls and the style of the game lend itself to a console. I can pretty much guarantee that if we decide to do a console version that we will look to support a pad on the PC. But initially with release I don’t think we’ll be ready.”
So Diablo 3 works really well with an Xbox 360 controller and they could even be working on a console version – they’re at least entertaining the idea of one. Awesome! That is great news for gamers all around, especially console gamers who don’t have the time or money to invest in gaming rigs; they could finally get a taste of the Blizzard excellence and kill some demons.
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Diablo 3 is currently in beta with no official release date. Available for PC only.
Source: PC Gamer