Any game that sells a million units is generally regarded as doing pretty well, so with sales of 14 million copies on PC, Mac, PS3 and XBox 360, it's fair to say that Diablo III has been one of the big success stories over the last couple of years. Having said that it is no surprise that the game has done so well; the franchise is well-known and loved and the developers, Blizzard, have the phenomenally successful World of Warcraft under their belts.
Following the success of the title on PC and current-gen consoles it wasn't too surprising to hear that the game would be ported to next-generation consoles. Actually, only a single next-gen console as at this stage, the game has only been announced for the Sony Playstation 4.
Diablo III in Westmarch Commons on the PS4.
Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition on the PS4 includes not only the original game but also the upcoming "Reaper of Souls" expansion which is due to hit PC and Mac as downloadable content in early 2014.
In terms of storyline Diablo III is set twenty years after the Prime Evils were defeated and banished from the world of Sanctuary. Now, you must return to where it all began—the town of Tristram—and investigate rumors of a fallen star, for this is an omen that the End Times have begun.
The slick menu system for Diablo III on PS4.
So Diablo III is essentially an action-RPG played from an isometric viewpoint either on your own, or in a party of up to four players which is possible either online, or offline which is a nice addition if you've got some mates around for an evening's entertainment.
In the game you can select from a number of classes - barbarian, witch doctor, monk, demon hunter, wizard or crusader (which is a new class being introduced with the Reaper of Souls expansion) each of which has their own abilities and skills to master. As with almost every RPG progression through the game will see you increase your skills and acquire more powerful weapons to use against enemies.
We've spoken about the "Reaper of Souls" expansion pack a bit, and we have to point out this isn't just a small map pack or some character costumes, but a large chunk of game. Indeed this expansion brings with it an entirely new Act V to complete, a new loot syste, Bounties and Nepalem Rifts, new difficulty system, Paragon 2.0 (which is an anhanced system of levelling up stats), clans, communities and class updates and new skills.
Diablo III is looking pretty hot...
Development on the Playstation 4 version of this game commenced in August 2013 apparently with the developers looking at ways to use the TouchPad and the Share button - with the former possibly for inventory management. The developers are also looking at options for gamers to bring their PS3 characters into the next-gen version of the game. We also know that the developers will not be including the Auction House where you can spend real money to buy items from other players - this will also be removed from the PC version in March 2014 so we're not missing out.
Diablo III looks like a visually impressive on PS4.
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots Diablo III is a pretty impressive looking game. What you can't see from these screens however are the wonderful visual effects throughout the game, but the video below (which is a little old we must point out) still gives a good idea of what to expect from the title.
Given the critical praise which this received on PC and current-gen consoles (we will class PS3/360 as current gen for a bit longer), there is no doubt that Diablo III will be a hot property when released on the Playstation 4 (as yet no plans for an XBox One version have been announced). While there is no specific date as yet we suspect it will be earlier in 2014 then later, but time will tell.
Below is a conversation with the development team behind Diablo III with some more details about porting the game to the PS4 and DualShock controls. The video was made back in May, so the footage is undoubtedly pretty old, but already looking pretty decent. Check it out...