PS3 Diablo III Characters Might Play on PS4

Matthew Berger from the D3 console team talks future plans for the game

Matthew Berger at gamescom
The PlayStation 4 version of Diablo III may support characters that were started in the PS3 version of the game, according to a Diablo III console team developer. In an interview at gamescom 2013, Matthew Berger talked with the Chinese language website gnn.gamer.com.tw, where he discussed bringing Diablo III to the consoles. He is a Senior Level Designer on the console development team for Diablo III.

The information here is based on the interview that Berger gave; that was translated to Chinese, then back to English, so some specifics may be lost in translation. Here are the interesting points of his interview:
  • PS4 Diablo III: The console team has started work on the PlayStation 4 version of Diablo III. They are looking at the new features of the PS4 controller, such as the TouchPad and the Share button, to see how to best utilize those. One possibility is using the TouchPad to manage inventory in the game. The PS4 version won't be released this year, but is scheduled for release in 2014. They are hoping to make it so that PS3 Diablo III players can play their characters directly on the PS4; this hasn't been finalized, but the developers are expecting to be able to do that.
  • Reaper of Souls on Console: They have no announcement for bringing the Reaper of Souls expansion to consoles, at this time.
  • PlayStation Vita: There aren't any plans to put Diablo III on the PS Vita, but they are looking at the integration between the PlayStation 4 and the Vita, for that version.
  • DLC for console Diablo III: No DLC announcements at this time. Like all Blizzard games, they plan on supporting the console versions Diablo III, and will update them over time.
  • Loot 2.0 and Paragon 2.0: The loot that drops in the console versions of Diablo III is already based on the same philosophy as the future Loot 2.0 patch: dropping less items, but of higher quality. They will be looking at the Paragon 2.0 and similar changes in the big PC Loot 2.0 patch, and figuring out what parts of that should be brought over to the console Diablo III down the road.
  • Xbox One Diablo III: There is still no news about whether Blizzard will bring Diablo III to the next-generation Xbox One console.

We are less than a week away from the initial Diablo III console release. Once that is out, we will no doubt hear more about the future plans for the console versions of Diablo III. Feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or via our RSS news feed, to keep up with all the latest Diablo III news!
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