We recently reported the rumors that Blizzard was in talks with Microsoft in regards to developing games for their next generation Xbox console. The story originated with GamesIndustry.biz, but GameSpot spoke with Blizzard reps who quickly shot down the rumor:
When contacted by GameSpot, Blizzard reps shot down the GI.biz story outright, saying the outlet had not even followed up with any inquiries attempting to clarify Pardo's remarks.
"In the Lunch with Luminaries discussion, Rob said that Microsoft occasionally bounces ideas off of us, with no specific reference to any possible future consoles," said the rep. "This should come as no surprise, as our games run on Microsoft's PC operating system. We aren't in discussions with Microsoft regarding any future consoles." (Emphasis added.)
As the GameSpot story says, just because Blizzard reps shot the story down, it doesn't mean their games wouldn't be viable on a future console. Just don't expect anything like that to be available to the public as quickly as the PC game releases.
As I hope you are all aware, in January this year we launched our very own Wiki here as Diablofans. Undaunted by the competition from Diablo Wikia, and determined to provide our users here at Diablofans the best info on Diablo found anywhere, we've since been working to populate our wiki with more and more articles. And a few days ago, we finally got 1,000 articles up and running.
Below you will find some samples of what we have in our wiki so far. Currently, there's is very little information available on Diablo 3, and as a result, most information added so far has been about Diablo 1 and 2.
I'd also like to take this moment to thank a few of our regular users here at Diablofans for their help over at the wiki since launch. Not all who contribute there are staff or sysops which is important to remember.
Let it be known that April 1st, 2009 is the day in which we all collectively rejoiced, for today is the day in which we learned about our new favorite character class for Diablo 3: The Archivist. Thank you Blizzard!
"Out of the darkened studies of Westmarch emerges the archivist, Diablo III's newest playable class. Proving once and for all that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, the archivist fights not only to save Sanctuary's future, but its past as well.
To find out more, visit the brand-new archivist information page to read the latest excerpt from the journal of Abd al-Hazir and see some of the archivist's powers in action.
We've also expanded the media galleries with one new piece of artwork and two new screenshots."
Here's the impressive concept art for this new character who truly believes the pen is mightier than the sword!
These new screenshots showcase the Archivist's amazing "Book Vision" abilities along with his radial dialogue tree showing how he can outwit just about anybody in a conversation!
Discuss what you think about this new Blizzcast which is supposed to be almost exclusively about Diablo 3.
Here are the four new Diablo 3 images that were included with BlizzCast 8 which primarily showcase the inventory system:
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I (mockery) particularly like the little details, such as the difference in the stitching around the borders depending on whether you have a bag or a burlap sack selected. The inventory system as a whole looks really sharp if you ask me. What do you think about it?
We've all heard how Blizzard intends to keep their games on the PC and will always consider themselves a computer gaming company, but in the past year they've hinted at how they'd be open to possibly having their games on a console again. IGN's The Daily Fix recently reported that Blizzard is in talks with Microsoft in regards to their next generation Xbox console.
"Blizzard has been in talks with Microsoft over the next Xbox. Rob Pardo confirmed at GDC that the new system is already in development. Pardo also mentioned why World of Warcraft hasn't come to the console: the current hardware just isn't designed for it."
Obviously, WoW has been Blizzard's bread 'n butter for a while now, but here's hoping that this means we'll possibly get to see Diablo 3 released on consoles as well.
So how many of you would be inclined to purchase the next Xbox if you knew some of Blizzard's future games were going to be on it? Would it influence your decision? Naturally, this is assuming the games turn out much better than the Diablo port for the original Sony Playstation did.