Blizzard Tweets Diablo III Console Confirmation [Update: Not Confirmed]
[Update] Blizzard issued Game Informer the following statement on the current release of Diablo 3 on consoles:
Bashiok’s response on Twitter was intended as a confirmation that we’re actively exploring the possibility of developing a console version of Diablo III, as we’ve mentioned in the past. This is not a confirmation that Diablo III is coming to any console platform.
Our focus right now is on finishing the PC/Mac version of Diablo III and making sure it’s a worthwhile successor to the Diablo series.
[Original Story] If Blizzard isn't bringing Diablo III to consoles, they're certainly doing a lousy job of shooting down fan speculation. The studio has a staff focused on seeing how Diablo would fit on the console space, and Jay Wilson, Diablo III's lead designer, told Game Informer Magazine (issue #224) that they've never invested in console exploration to the degree that they currently are. Now a Blizzard community manager is getting in on the action, responding to a question about whether Diablo III in particular is stepping away from PC exclusivity. The succinct answer? "Yup."
When asked by a Twitter user "[C]an you confirm or deny Diablo 3 coming to consoles? Thanks," Community manager Micah Whiple responded "Yup. Josh Mosqueira is lead designer for the Diablo console project."
We've known for a while that Blizzard has been trying to figure out if moving Diablo to consoles in one form or another would be feasible, but this is the first time anyone at Blizzard has pointed toward that unannounced project being Diablo III, and not a loosely affiliated side story. This being Twitter and all, it's possible that Whiple just glossed over the question and tapped out a quick response without pondering its deeper implications.
We'll keep you posted on Diablo III news, whether or not the word "console" appears anywhere near it.