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Diablo 3 Console Version: One Hell of an Experience?

During the announcement of the Sony PlayStation 4, various game publishers went up on stage to announce their upcoming titles for the new console. In a bit of a surprise, one of them was Blizzard, and they announced that Diablo 3 will have a console version for both the PS3 and PS4, then information came out that it will also be in the Xbox 360. This move is something that most had not expected as Blizzard has been mostly focused on the PC, never having made a console game since the 90's or so. But what this does show is that they're willing to take their RPGs to consoles so that more people can play them.

Soon, you can now embark on the journey to rid the world of evil right in front of your television. All the classes will be available in the console versions -- Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard. The interface will also be reworked to accommodate console controls for movement, inventory management, combat, picking up Diablo 3 gold and items, and so on. There will also be various improvements in the gameplay, including enemies, environments, and so on. They say that they will be fine-tuned for the consoles and you can play it with three other friends in local co-op on the same television, and it's not going to be an annoying split-screen. That's an enticing concept indeed.

The in-game camera will be dynamic, as opposed to the stationary isometric one in the PC version. You can control the character directly using the controller, and the game will have PSN and Xbox Live support. Certain combat moves like Evade and fast-equip will be controlled with the d-pad. The console versions will not have a D3 Gold or Real Money Auction House, which had been a source of controversy for the PC version. Instead, players will be able to trade items during gameplay like in the olden days, and you can also get upgraded follower-crafted items to boost your equipment.

If you're wondering how you can load your characters into one console to play co-op in your friend's house, you actually can bring your character with you either on a USB drive or in the cloud. This will vary on which platform you're playing on though. You won't need to have a Battle.net account to play though, so at least that's one less thing to worry about. Unfortunately though, this also means that your characters in Battle.net cannot be loaded into the console versions, which could be for the best anyway since they would be overpowered compared to the characters in the consoles.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be available in retail on September 3, 2013 in selected regions, and further releases will be announced at a later date. They will be localized to each country they'll be released in. As for the PS4 version, it will come out later in 2014, while an Xbox One version is still yet to be announced. There will be no beta test or demo available prior to release, but there will be bonuses for people who pre-order them.

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