Honestly, when Activision Blizzard announced Diablo III for the PlayStation 4, this was the first question I had. Now it seems we have an answer.
The developers suffered quite a bit of backlash when the long-anticipated title came out for PC and Mac, and required that users be connected online just to play the game. Thankfully, that mandate won't be in place for the upcoming console versions, and that's good news in my estimation.
Speaking on GameTrailers , Blizzard production director John Hight spoke about the multiplayer capabilities in Diablo III and said-
"You can have four people on the same screen–no split-screen, we just zoom the camera out. Or if you're offline…"
Hey, that's good enough for me. Hight also spoke about the new control interface designed for the PlayStation consoles, and says it actually helps "bring the action back into" Diablo . However, as for cross-platform play, that doesn't appear to be a feature. Added Hight:
"While we think cross-platform play would be awesome, there are currently no plans to allow connectivity between PlayStation Network and Battle.net (this is pretty standard for most games that have PC and console support). As a result, the characters on your Battle.net account and PlayStation account will also remain separate."
Well, fine. The idea of being forced to be online to play a game that isn't an MMO just bothers me. It bothered a lot of people, in fact. Of course, I'd still want to play Diablo III with others, just as I played Diablo II …
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