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Why we'll never play cross-platform Diablo III with the consoles

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Blizzard plopped out Diablo III for consoles last year, and the king ARPG played ever so slightly better for the transition. But not only are we still missing gamepad support on PC, we’ll never off demons alongside our friends on the PlayStation and Xbox. Not on your nephalem.

Lead designer Kevin Martens told Gamespot that cross-platform play is “definitely not possible at this point with this game”.

“We didn’t build it that way,” said Martens, “so the two ecosystems are closed. I’m trying to give you the most definitive, least PR answer there is, and that is no, we can’t do that. What the Xbox and PlayStation networks do is different than what Battle.net does.”

The matter isn’t helped by restrictive console patching systems, that’ve so far prevented Blizzard from implementing Diablo III Seasons on PlayStation on Xbox.

“Seasons requires always online, and that’s one of the major differences in the ecosystems there,” explained the designer. “For seasonal conquests and things to be what they are, everyone has to be playing on the same leveled field. That’s a great example for something that doesn't work for consoles.”

Whoever thought Diablo would have a levelling problem, eh? Arf arf. Do you know anybody who'll get to play Diablo III 2.1.2 on a comfier chair than yours?

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3 Years ago

M$ also doesn't play nice with Sony. That's why FFXIV is only on PC and PlayStation, They wanted their own closed environment.

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3 Years ago

I play on my PS3 (one of very few games I have on it as I usually use it as a media player), I did not like the always online nature of what I considered to be a mostly single player game. They did a good job translating the control to a game pad and it is a shame they are not porting that back to PC even if they can't make the multplayer cross platform as it works really well. I do hope they will at least port all the new content/patches to the consoles, even if it is late.