Diablo III, one of our top ten PC games of 2012, may still be getting that rumoured port to consoles according to a new update from developers Blizzard.
Currently running on unspecified consoles in the Blizzard offices (sparking speculation that the game may be making the jump to next-generation consoles) Blizzard executive Rob Pardo explained that his team were testing the console build to decide whether or not to make it into an “official project”:
“We’re still kind of exploring it,” he explained. “We’ve got builds up and running on it. We’re hoping to get it far enough along where we can make it an official project, but we’re not quite ready to release stuff about it, but it’s looking pretty cool.”
According to Diablo III’s lead designer Jay Wilson, the focus now is on expanding the PC version of the game.
“The whole team is essentially working on the next big Diablo thing,” he revealed. “A lot of that stuff will show up next year at some point.”
Many gamers will be hoping that this results in an improved endgame experience. Despite launching as the fastest-selling PC game of all time, with 10 million players at its peak, interest in Diablo III has waned, due to an over-reliance on the in-game auction house to acquire the best gear, and a lack of a PvP mode (which had been touted long before the game had even launched). Whether the proposed updates will land as a free upgrade or a paid-for expansion is not yet clear.