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Diablo 3 on Playstation 3

Now, we speculated that Diablo 3 is perfect for consoles and especially the Playstation 3 back in 2006. It’s only 5 years later that we can report with some certitude that indeed there are plans for a console version.

First piece of evidence is pretty obvious: Blizzard is advertising aggressively a few job opening for a Playstation 3 specialist.

Second piece is the reassuring statement from Blizzard that any console version of Diablo 3 will NOT delay the PC/Mac version.

“We’re exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles and are currently looking to fill a few senior console-related positions on the Diablo III team,” said Blizzard’s spokesperson.

“Please note that this is not an announcement of a console title. We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don’t intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game.”

Update: Blizzard has just confirmed Diablo 3 is coming out for Playstation 3 (and Playstation 4 when it comes out).

Diablo 3 Followers

Now, we have been Diablo 3 followers for the last 5 years but we aren’t going to be talking about that. Followers is the name of the revamped Hireling system from Diablo 2.

First off, it’s important to state that these guys will only be hirable on Normal difficulty. Back in Diablo 2, I only hired these guys for Act II because Duriel killed my Sorceress in something like 2 hits. So the first point will be if they are going to be useful at all. Who needs a crutch at Normal?

Second, they’ve reduced the choices to the three core RPG classes: the Templar, Scoundrel, and Enchantress. You get the archetype, right? Warrior, Ranger, Mage.

You can customize your follower by choosing four out of their twelve skills. You can upgrade their equipment as well. Each follower has two weapon slots, two ring slots, and one of their own unique class-specific item.

In conclusion, I like the system but frankly, I’ll be done with Normal difficulty pretty quickly. Btw, the official excuse for keeping them only to Normal difficulty is that followers die to quickly in Nightmare or Hell. Well, beef them up!

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