Oh the joys of creating a Leaping Barbarian specifically for play on the 360 and PS3. What is now only a Diablo fan’s dream could eventually become a reality, thanks to the minds at Blizzard. The company is, according to Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime, investigating the potential for Diablo III to work on home consoles.
I think you could make an argument that a game like Diablo might play very well on a console…It’s something that we’re actually doing an investigation into to see if that could make sense.
It absolutely makes sense. Diablo III would work just fine, where gameplay and control is concerned, with a console controller. While the gameplay does involve strategy and inventory management, the bulk of the mechanics lie in movement and button spamming… sorry, it’s true. It would be easy to map those controls to a physical controller in addition to the keyboard and mouse configuration found on a PC.
Would it be ideal? Probably not. But some console gamers are restricted to their rigs specifically because they can’t afford to keep a good gaming PC running. This would satiate that need.
The problem that Mike Marhaime does see with bringing the series to consoles is the difficulties that stem from patching and expansions. On the PC and Mac, it’s easy to release a patch or expansion. Distributing those goods to consoles puts the developers into a whole new realm of difficulty. Look to Valve’s Team Fortress 2 effort on the 360 for proof. The game is wholly unsupported by a company otherwise known for great support.
If Blizzard could figure out a way to make a console version of their upcoming dungeon crawler a reality, there would probably be physical rejoicing in streets around the world. But, quite frankly, if the project is only do-able without great support, I’d rather it just stay on the PC.