As part of Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement on Wednesday, Blizzard Entertainment Senior Vice President Chris Metzen came on stage in a surprise appearance. He revealed that the developer is officially porting its hit RPG game Diablo III from the PC to Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. It's the first time in a long time that Blizzard will be making games for a console platform.
Blizzard will launch Diablo III for both the PS3 and PS4, and it was revealed that the console version will have full screen co-op support for up to four people. While no gameplay footage was revealed, Blizzard stated that it will be showing more at PAX East in Boston later this year.
It's not yet clear if Diablo III will be a PlayStation exclusive or if it will appear on other consoles as well. However, the fact that Blizzard is finally developing console games after a long absence shows that the team is now working to break away from its PC exclusive roots.
It should be interesting to see how Blizzard handles console-based gameplay, especially for the PS4 controller with its touch screen. We suspect that Diablo III could be a massive seller if Blizzard can bring its addictive action-RPG gameplay to the console hardware.
Update: Blizzard has released more info, and the first screenshots, from the Diablo III console port.