Now we know when the devil will arrive 
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Zoe Hawkins
June 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Remember how Diablo III is coming to consoles?  Well, Blizzard has confirmed the release date of 3 September 2013.  That’s right, your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 will be possessed as of September.

Content as has been “fine tuned” for consoles, including being tailored for gamepad-driven action and a new user interface.  Players can go it alone, or use the PSN or XBOX Live to connect with others, creating parties of up to four characters.  At least the console versions will benefit from all the updates that the PC version has experienced.

“In addition to the fine-tuning we’ve done for the console versions, we’re also including major content and design updates we’ve made to the PC version over the past year, so players can expect an epic Diablo gaming experience when the PS3™ and Xbox 360 versions launch in September.”

Those who pre-order the console version will get the in-game item – the Infernal Helm – which gives the character an EXP boost.  Apparently, there may also be limited-edition preorder bonuses, but more details are still to come on that and may not be available locally.

When Diablo III was released in May 2012, it became the fastest-selling PC game of all time.  However, the servers were unable to cope with the massive amount of players, leading to the Error 37 meme.  Many people talk about getting bored and leaving Diablo III after a relatively short time playing; yet Blizzard still claims that Diablo III logs 3 million unique players every month – although that was a couple months back and who knows if they were just checking the auction houses.

Considering that players can play alone (and the uproar about always online games), let’s continue to assume that single player can be done offline.  However, I’m still worried that Blizzard is listing a Senior Software Engineer (for their servers) as “particularly critical” on their job listings.  C’mon guys, please get your servers 100% before you become the butt of anymore jokes!

You gonna go for it on the console?  How do you think it will compare with PC?

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    That header image gave me the chills. The memories. The horror….

    • AndriyP

      Need rehab again :(

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Haha

    • AndriyP

      lol

  • GarethV

    Error 37 was due to millions of PC players trying to log on at the same time. Do they expect that for PS3 and 360 gamers as well? The amount of PC players should have dropped significantly so they should have more than enough server capacity. Or am I using logic where I should not? :P

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      They don’t need to worry about that because they already confirmed the game will be able to play offline.

      So no huge influx of games trying to auth and connect.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    Nothing to see here. Move on. Unless you enjoy click click click click click Loot loot loot loot

    Leather trousers, WIN

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      I used to enjoy Diablo but then I took an error 37 to the knee.

      • AndriyP

        Wow, i took an error 37 to the knee before even enjoying Diablo, how in the world did you manage to do it the other way around lol

        • Rinceyouropinion

          He probably waited for it on his Sony? trololo, too soon? :)

          • AndriyP

            Its always going to be too soon unfortunately :(

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            whahahahaha

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Diablo 1 and 2 my friend

          • AndriyP

            still haz my druid lvl 76 save on a CD thats deteriorating already lol

  • Lord Chaos

    Oddly enough, I never got that error.

  • Sir Twakkus

    Its probably going to rock on Consoles. The PC version was the Beta testing for the “actual” game to be released on the consoles.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      ^THIS

    • Wyzak

      Yep, the console version doesn’t have the RMAH or always online requirement. The PC version with those two additions would also rock. The current PC version is also a quadrillion^37 times better than the launch version.

  • Hammersteyn

    I see what you did there Zoe.

    3 September 2013
    3-9-2013
    3-9-2-1-3

    (3+9)*3+(2-1) = 37!!!

    • Lord Chaos

      I bet that took way too much effort for a Friday…

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Dude, you are either very bored or some mad scientist…. I’m hoping for mad scientist here…

      • Hammersteyn

        I love messing with numbers and conspiracy theories

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          So you are a smart scientist/hippie/alien believer then?

          #JustTrolling

    • Rinceyouropinion

      You are on form today, PLICK!

      • Trevor Davies

        Plick?

        • Hammersteyn

          I’ve been calling a troll prick the whole day almost.

          • Rinceyouropinion

            @b3ba07f0835438e0c954c94031814a2f:disqus Now I can’t stop laughing whenever Hammer uses it! It’s just so I don’t know, lowly offensive that is works so bloody well!

    • Craig Boonzaier

      3 September 2013

      3
      Half Life 3 Confirmed!

  • Lardus

    Sometimes I think the game was written specifically to move like one would using a controller rather than a mouse due to the large “hit boxes”. Maybe it will play better on console, but then again, how will those wizards drop their Hydras in the next room? Not seen any gameplay videos yet…

  • Rinceyouropinion

    Moving on!

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG
    • Hammersteyn

      I did. I sent it to Foxhound when he was trolling on FFD

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG
    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Thanx man…couldn’t stop laughing for that intro

    • ElimiNathan

      Still my favorite game reviewer

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    So how are things gonna be generated, I’m not too clued up on Diablo 3, I thought items and environments etc were generated server-side

    • Hammersteyn

      Turns out the server side was an excuse for DRM. Like Simcity.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Yeah, no. That was a convenient excuse for the always on DRM for PC.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Exactly that is why I’m confused!! I thought it’s ‘unplayable’ without the Server …. Oh the lies!!!

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          I never believed that for a moment. Hence why I wasn’t surprised when I heard the console version won’t need a connection.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Those sneaky bastards …… these companies man … my god … I feel Rage……SO much RAGE

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            It’s all because of “piracy”

          • Rinceyouropinion

            Me too, I am listening to Angry Joe now, and I want to go floor by floor and take out all my colleagues… 0-O

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG
    • Hammersteyn

      Group your familiy to play a game? So what happens christmas when the whole family is over and everyone wants to play Kinect?

    • Rinceyouropinion

      Hahah! He even spits on the camera he’s so fucking angry!

    • FoxHoundR

      It really looks like he’s overreacting

    • AndriyP

      That is epic im still listening to his rant lol

  • bluegoon

    The irony that the console version of Diablo would turn out to be the superior. Crazy.