Sony dropped some earth shattering news at its PS4 event when the company brought on stage Blizzard’s Senior VP, Chris Metzen to announce Diablo III for the PS3 and PS4. Another major announcement was made by Bungie as several studio members took stage to unveil some additional footage of Destiny.
Diablo III coming to consoles is massive news let alone that its been confirmed for the PS4 as well. Metzen stated that Blizzard has aligned with Sony to form a ‘strategic partnership’ to which he jokingly added was to take over the world.
Blizzard and Sony have entered into a strategic partnership, through which we will take over the world.
His statement may have some truth to it as Diablo III coming to consoles is big news. The game has sold over 12 million copies on the PC alone. With the game coming to the PS4 and PS3, Blizzard is probably set to shatter some new records.
Metzen did not confirm nor deny if the game will be PlayStation exclusive, but the fact that both companies are partnering on this endeavor may hint at a timed exclusivity. Sony has been known for keeping its platforms open to third party studios such as Valve’s Steam integration with Portals 2.
Blizzard will most likely stipulate that Diablo III must use its dedicated servers, which ties heavily into the loot system and in-game economy. The store front is also a critical piece of the game, and with other console makers such as Microsoft strict on external platform integration, I can see some challenges with bringing the game over to the Xbox.
Bungie also took to the stage to unveil that Destiny will be heading to the PS4 and PS3. The studio showed off all new in-engine gameplay never seen before. This was a major win for Sony as Bungie has remained synonymous with the Xbox brand for a decade now.
Not only did Bungie confirm Destiny for the PS3 and PS4, the studio also confirmed that the PlayStation consoles will receive exclusive content not found on any other competing system. As I predicted the other day, that contract between Bungie and Microsoft for timed exclusivity on Xbox is no longer valid.