Blizzard have announced Diablo 3 is coming to Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 (the new console will launch late this year).
On paper this is of little to no interest to me, we didn’t even complete Diablo 3 on normal mode it was that boring. Blizzard doing a deal with Sony though might have deeper meaning. Does this mean Titan will be available on PS/4? I would say probably. Is the announcement of this deal the necessary preparation for Titan‘s announcement and preview at Blizzcon? Blizzcon is set for the 8th and 9th November – so by that point Diablo 3, at least, should be ready for demo on the Playstation.
The addition of the multiplay on console is a good move, though it’s nothing new of course. Coming back to MMOs, Grav had a post recently about the dearth of console MMOs.
I’ve always liked the idea of playing a MMO on a console – in the more comfortable setting of couch + TV. But given that I generally play MMOs with my partner that’s not so practical. We’d need two Playstations and two televisions for that to work equally. I think this is a key problem with MMOs, the need for one computer per player is no big issue with PC gaming; many houses have multiple PCs/laptops nowadays. But multiple consoles and TVs and the practical requirement to be in separate rooms (for sound not to clash) would make the experience *less* social rather than more. We play MMOs together with our PCs desks side-by-side so it’s an inherently shared and social experience. The only adjustment necessary is to switch in-game music off on one of the games to avoid clashes. I can’t see that being remotely practical with a console unless the Playstation 4 could have 2 or more splitscreen MMO players on the same console…