Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:16 PM
I am not in the beta so I'm curious as to how easy the mechanics of the game could be ported to a console. Forget the prejudice over consoles, can the game as it stands now handle a twin stick, 8 button paradigm?
As an additional question and this one with a broader scope, consoles don't tend to allow 3rd party logins, so would battlenet even be part of the authentication?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:33 PM
That's a good question. I have no idea.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:36 PM
As you said regarding third party logins, I doubt Xbox Live or the PSN would want to allow battle.net logins, which in turn would, I expect, be a deal breaker for Blizzard. Also, The multiplayer would be distinct from the multiplayer on PC, since with such drastically different control schemes, I can't see competition between PC and console gamers being fair (especially in the PvP arena.)
Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:43 PM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:56 PM
I wasn't aware of Steam and PSN collaborating. That's good to know. And you make an excellent point about Xbox Live having a subscription fee and Blizzard likely not wanting to get involved with that.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 09:19 PM
I do believe this to be their biggest hurdle and massive amounts of iteration could currently be taking place (a fifa styled target-swap-with-a-tap-of-X comes to mind as one). But I can already see the boredom in that.
Menu scrolling is easy, its just the maneuvering around certain screens that could cuz a problem- the faux-cursor-controlled-by-joystick is cliche and cheapens the game- remember, blizz likes to keep u in the action in D3. So imagine for a second what type of "different" systems/screens/UI could be in place come platform launch.
Moving on to battle.net on platforms: Ever thought they might not even necessitate a battle.net login? And just use the PSN or Xlive along with paypal?
As I don't own either of those I'd like to ask- what type of apps can u load on the PS3/XBOX? What about a battle.net "api" that "authenticates" you and then launches the game? I reckon this is the easiest hurdle for blizz, seeings as it doesn't affect how the game is played.
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