Diablo 3 is coming to consoles as announced on the Sony press conference on February 20th. Blizzard finally showed some footage at Pax East last week-end and everyone was amazed how much better this version is compared to the PC one released last year.
Diablo 3 on consoles has everything PC fans wanted from start, an offline mode, no auction house and a four man co-op on one screen.
The game is different in many ways. For example, in the PC version everyone would get their own loot, while the console version just drops one pile of loot for everyone to divvy up and the players have to decide who gets what.
Console players will be able to see if an item will actually boost their stats before picking it up and the whole menu has been reworked. The inventory, character and quest pages are now on one tab and you can equip items using a radial menu, rather then the classic ragdoll sheet on PC.
The controls have been revamped to match to a controller and strangely enough, it feels more natural to play it like that. When talking about Diablo, it sounds strange to talk about controllers since everyone thinks point and click. Blizzard definitely did a good job and the experience is mind blowing. You move around with the left joystick while using the colored buttons to attack monsters and interact with the world. On the PS3 controller, you can assign attacks to R1 and all four of the colored buttons. There’s also a new evade command using the right joystick to roll around and dodge enemy attacks. Now you can move and attack simultaneously, making the game feel fresh and new.
The developers said they were working on the boss battles to make them feel more like fights you’d see in an action-RPG on console. They work on cinematics and visuals, but also on the pacing to get what console players are more used to.
Officially, Blizzard only announced Diablo 3 for Playstation 3, they don’t want to comment on a possible Playstation 4 release and when asking for other consoles, all they say is: “Stay tuned.” The official release date has not been announced yet and all they are ready to say is “soon-ish” which could mean as little as a few days and as much as a year.
Now see all this in action in the trailer.