At Sony's PS4 event in February, Blizzard Entertainment announced that it was returning to console development after a long hiatus. It announced a Diablo III port for the PS3 and PS4 as its first project.
Blizzard Entertainment announced today the PS3 version of Diablo III is now available for preorder. There's no launch date available just yet, but the developer confirmed once again that the title will be available later this year.
“We’ve poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to including all the improvements from the PC version over the past year, we’ve made several updates to Diablo III for play on the PS3. We got a ton of positive feedback from players who tried the game at PAX East, and we can’t wait to get it into everyone’s hands later this year.”
Those who preorder Diablo III will gain instant access to the Infernal Helm. It provides an experience boost to any player character who's equipped with it.
The console version of Diablo III comes with another bonus in the form of ditching the PC version's always online requirement. Players are free to play online, or offline, with up to four friends in online and local co-op modes.
There's no word on whether or not the PS4 version of Diablo III will be available this year, but I would expect an announcement near the launch of the PS3 version. It would be pretty advantageous for Sony if its new machine were to launch with a game like Diablo III, especially if the PS4 version was cross-compatible with the PS3 version.