In just a few months PC and Mac users will finally be able to get their hands on Diablo 3, leaving interested console players wondering when they'll be able to get in on the action. One Blizzard executive has confirmed that if (because they're still pretending it's not a sure thing) Diablo does come to consoles it will be just as awesome as any PC experience.
Earlier this year, news that Diablo 3 was coming to consoles was prematurely leaked by the company's Community Manager, Micha Whiple. Blizzard then issued a response saying that this was not official confirmation and they have not made any final plans to bring the game to consoles, even though director Jay Wilson mentioned a few months prior that Blizzard would build such a game from the ground-up and not simply port it, while also explaining that Diablo 3 plays better on an Xbox 360 controller.
When speaking with CVG, Blizzard COO Paul Sams shed some more light on the possibility of a console release, indicating that they are very interested in a console project. However, Blizzard will not go ahead with a console port Diablo 3 if the project doesn't meet their strict standards for quality. At the end of the day, Blizzard's primary focus is gameplay and a quality gaming experience, not profits.
"We get a lot of questions about why we haven't made a game for consoles before and I tell them the same thing I tell them about business models: we don't let business models or platforms drive our decisions. Those are secondary to what's the most important aspect for us which is the gameplay."
Sams also mentioned that there are a bunch of hoops to jump through when bringing a game to home consoles. Some of these hurdles require the company to pay significant sums of money, and make them stop and consider if bringing the game to PS3 and Xbox 360 will be worth it. Surely Blizzard can pay these fines with no problems, but if the game isn't a "Blizzard-quality product," then paying that money will be a waste.
It's this dedication to quality that makes Blizzard one of the best game companies in the world, for fans who have the patience to wait for their products. The company is willing to go to great lengths to bring a spectacular game to the masses, by any means necessary. They even went as far as to remove the PvP component of Diablo 3 because it didn't live up to their standards. Even with the removal of PvP, Diablo 3 is in great shape, and is on track for its May release.
Removing multiplayer from a game is considered an unorthodox move in the gaming industry since it's an aspect that many game companies feel will increase the longevity of their game and in turn, bring in more money. It's this willingness to take risks that sets Blizzard apart from everyone else. If you build a quality product, then the game will be profitable regardless.
Diablo 3 will be released on PC and Mac on May 17, 2012.
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