Diablo III Will Not Be Next-Gen Console Launch Title

In an interview with DiabloFans, the developers of Diablo III have confirmed that the game will not be a next-generation console launch title. Since the game is not slated to hit the consoles until sometime in 2014, after the console launches, this is not all that surprising.

Here is the summary of the console version of the interview;

  • The Diablo 3 team has actually just received the new console generation development kits so the translation to those platforms is yet to be done. They really like the features on the PS4 controller and want to try and do something cool with the trackpad and share button
  • Diablo 3 will not be a launch date title for the next generation consoles. It will come in 2014. The developers prefer to try and get the most out of the different features that platforms have, instead of just porting the game to each of them
  • There aren't any plans for Diablo 3 on portable devices
  • When an expansion comes the main concern will not be to ship it simultaneously on all platforms, but instead try to make the expansion features as relevant to each platform as possible

There was no specific mention of the Xbox One, but assuming a similar launch time frame for the console it doubtful that it would see a version of Diablo III any sooner than the PS4.