Speculation has abounded about a console version of Blizzard’s hugely anticipated action-RPG Diablo III ever since the company posted job listings looking for console specialists on the game’s website. Those speculations were given even more credence at Gamescom, as Eurogamer is reporting that lead designer Josh Mosqueira has directly addressed the rumors during a press conference.
According to Mosqueira, Blizzard is “very, very serious about bringing the Diablo 3 experience to the console.” The company is apparently still in the process of assembling a team that will be able to bring loot-infused dungeon crawler to the non-PC audience.
“Today, we’re trying to build the best console team at Blizzard. We’re looking for programmers, designers, artists who think their dream job would be to bring Diablo to the console. Trust me, it is a dream job. All I can say is it’s going to be awesome. Stay tuned.”
While Blizzard has turned their focus exclusively to PC games in recent years, the company does have a rich tradition of console games. In fact, many of their games before the turn of the century – including Warcraft II, StarCraft, and even the first Diablo – had console ports.
Blizzard’s most recent foray into the world of controller-based gaming was a spin-off of their sci-fi strategy franchise called StarCraft: Ghost. However, after numerous delays, the game was eventually shelved indefinitely.
With rumors of a new batch of consoles on the horizon, it remains to be seen if Diablo III would be brought to a current system or a yet to be released console down the line. Blizzard is still yet to announce a release date for the PC version of Diablo III, so it stands to reason that it might be quite some time before were heard anything more concrete about a port.