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Blizzard's Console Prototype of Diablo III Up and Running

You'll have to keep waiting for that PvP...

With all the huge and surprising titles to come out in 2012, it’s almost shocking that a game as hotly anticipated as Diablo III seems to have come and gone, with little discussion only 6 months after its release. Blizzard hasn’t forgotten about the game though; in addition to constant game updates and an expansion in the works the company has been tinkering around with a possible console version. Oh, and that PvP mode is still in the works, but you’ll need to be a little more patient on that front.

There have been rumors for some time about a console version of Diablo III, but up until now they have been just that. In a recent interview, Blizzard chief creative officer Rob  Pardo admits that the company has a rough build up and running on an unspecified console. "We've got builds up and running on it,” Pardo says. “We're hoping to get it far enough along where we can make it an official project […] we're not quite ready to release stuff about it, but it's looking pretty cool."

                                                                                  Rob Pardo

This wouldn’t be the first time one of Blizzard’s games has made the jump to console, but it’s been quite some time. Starcraft made its way onto the Nintendo 64, and the original Diablo was a modest hit on the PlayStation. Blizzard also cut its teeth on the console market, with 16 bit classics such as The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne. Rumors circled for a couple years about World of Warcraft coming to the Xbox 360 but that never materialized.

Blizzard, of course, works on its own timetable, and if they decide to move forward on a console version of Diablo III it could be years before it’s on store shelves. On that note, the Player vs. Player feature that the game was originally supposed to ship with won’t be making it out this year as previously reported. Blizzard’s Jay Wilson recently confirmed that PvP won’t make it before the end of the year, and while they hope to have some information at the end of the month that isn’t a promise. “This is why we don't like to give dates. When you put quality before deadlines sometimes [your] estimates are wrong,” said Wilson on Twitter.

It’s not all bad news, though. In an interview over the weekend, Wilson stated that they are hard at work on the “next big Diablo thing”. "A lot of that stuff will show up next year at some point,” says Wilson, who goes on to say that the most recent version 1.05 patch has been their best received patch to date.



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