It was assumed that Diablo III would be a PS3/PS4 exclusive after its unveiling at the Sony PS4 event in February. Today's announcement confirms that is not the case.
Blizzard announced today that Diablo III will be coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 3. The console port of the popular PC action RPG has pretty much everything from the PC version while cutting out the bad stuff - like always online and the real money auction house. The game has also been tailored for couch co-op so you can play with three friends together in the same room.
“Playing Diablo III on a big screen with your friends brings a whole new level of intensity to the game, and with all of the control and interface adaptations we’ve made, it’s extremely fun to play on PS3 and Xbox 360,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to the fine-tuning we’ve done for the console versions, we’re also including major content and design updates we’ve made to the PC version over the past year, so players can expect an epic Diablo gaming experience when the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions launch in September.”
After this announcement, it makes one wonder if Diablo III will also be coming to the Xbox One next year. After all, being multiplatform on current gen consoles while being exclusive on next-gen consoles makes little sense. To find out more, we've reached out to Blizzard for comment. We'll update if and when we hear back.
In the meantime, Blizzard would really appreciate it if you pre-ordered their first console game in years. If you do, you'll get a game breaking XP boost armor item. Even better, Blizzard might finally be convinced to make a Lost Vikings sequel if Diablo III does well enough on consoles.