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Diablo III for PS3 to Support On and Offline Trading, But No Auction House

By - Source: Polygon | B 23 comments

There might not be a RMAH, but Diablo III for consoles will feature a trading system.

During the PS4 announcement event not too long ago, Blizzard, in a rather unexpected turn of events (or maybe expected, if you saw the signs and Blizzard's past interviews), jumped on stage to show off its first console effort: a port of Diablo III. In the past, the developer had been wishy washy at best as to whether or not Diablo III would be coming to consoles, stating merely that it had been considering it. Suddenly, Diablo III's streamlined skill tree and leveling process made sense, mostly because it would be particularly well-suited to playing the game on a controller.

Recently, it was revealed that the PS4 port of the game wouldn't come with the real money auction house. That much made sense, considering that the PC version of the game had online-always DRM to prevent cheating or any other sort of nasty business that would jeopardize a gamer's precious wallet (besides the money spent on legitimate goods, of course). Now, according to Polygon, it appears that Diablo III will support both online and offline play (of up to four players), and will feature item trading via an in-game menu.

There's no price or release date just yet for the console version of Diablo III. And no, according to a Blizzard spokesperson, there are no plans to bring controller support to the PC version of the game.

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    Novulux , March 27, 2013 8:46 PM
    Dat headline error...
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    ChiefScooter , March 27, 2013 8:50 PM
    I didn't think this was Blizzard's first console effort... Didn't they make Rock N Roll Racing, The Lost Vikings, Blackthorne, a Superman game, and a bunch of others for the SNES and Genesis? Or are the SNES and Genesis not considered consoles anymore?
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    Formata , March 27, 2013 8:58 PM
    PS3 or PS4? For Diablo III : Dead Horse Edition
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    MauveCloud , March 27, 2013 9:01 PM
    Offline play on the PS3/PS4 versions (GameSpot indicates it's coming for both) but still not on the PC version? and the console versions wouldn't drive users toward using authenticators? I gave up on playing Diablo III several months ago when some combination of a move and some hardware upgrades caused it to repeatedly lock me out. I might get the PS3 version if it really supports offline play.
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    Deeks , March 27, 2013 9:03 PM
    They made original sc for n64
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    iknowhowtofixit , March 27, 2013 9:04 PM
    So Blizzard is going to give us the features we want, but only if we pay for the game again? Seriously?
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    edogawa , March 27, 2013 9:14 PM
    I don't understand the hype for Diablo 3? What's so special about it? Isn't it just some story mode adventure game?

    Why does it need an auction house? Once you beat the game why do you want to get all these items and stuff? Maybe someone can enlighten me.
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    billgatez , March 27, 2013 9:32 PM
    I am interested to so how a game that primarily uses the mouse is going to fare on a console.
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    audiophillia , March 27, 2013 9:51 PM
    billgatezI am interested to so how a game that primarily uses the mouse is going to fare on a console.


    the same way a Torchlight worked.
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    Gundam288 , March 27, 2013 10:14 PM
    Two of the main reasons I didn't buy D3 were the style of it and the always online DRM.

    When I say style of it, I'm comparing D3 to D2's and D2:LoD's dark style of art and atmosphere. I got more of a WoW feel than a diablo feel.

    It's kinda the same reason I didn't buy SC2 (loved SC1 and BW), just not diggin the cartoony art style, more so in D3 where it's supposted to have a dark and hopeless atmosphere.

    At least that's what I think

    I don't see this selling well on the PS3 given that the PS4 has had a glimmer of the spotlight already.

    Also, why does everyone forget about Star Craft 64?

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    thor220 , March 27, 2013 10:44 PM
    edogawaI don't understand the hype for Diablo 3? What's so special about it? Isn't it just some story mode adventure game? Why does it need an auction house? Once you beat the game why do you want to get all these items and stuff? Maybe someone can enlighten me.


    There was only every hype for the game because fans believe it to be the true sequal to diablo II. Why does it need an auction house? Because you cannot beat the game without buying stuff from other players. They force you to use the auction house to maximize profits. The game is like 8 hrs long anyways so really the item hunt is useless in such a small game.

    Frankly that blizzard would do this to their PC user base is the most despicable thing I have seen done before. At least when bioware released a fixed ending for ME3, they gave everyone it. I'm done with blizzard game. Period.
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    slomo4sho , March 28, 2013 12:09 AM
    Gundam288.Also, why does everyone forget about Star Craft 64?

    I am going to wager its because no one played StarCraft 64
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    cats_Paw , March 28, 2013 4:37 AM
    You are telling me what PS4 gets a non pay-to-win game with no DRM and PC users do? Lucky i didnt get the game or this would really piss me off now :D .
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    ibjeepr , March 28, 2013 6:04 AM
    In addition, it was found that, like PC players, PS4 players never found any gear worth while and couldn't get past Nightmare difficulty without the auction house.
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    donovands , March 28, 2013 6:22 AM
    Diablo 1 was on playstation.
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    chat0n , March 28, 2013 6:23 AM
    PS3 customers will get what PC users have been asking since the launch of the game. This is so unfair, you can't imagine how I regret to have spent 50€ for this crap game. I played something like 1 month then felt like I had been screwed because of their fu***** attractive advertising campaign. Blizzard, f*** you, you are *** ** **** go **** **** ****** in hell.
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    Darkerson , March 28, 2013 8:10 AM
    The more I hear about how the PS3/PS4 ports will get what the PC version should have had, the more I resent Blizzard. And I plan on backing that up with my wallet. Screw us PC players? Screw you, Blizzard!
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    jackbling , March 28, 2013 8:20 AM
    slomo4shoI am going to wager its because no one played StarCraft 64


    Starcraft 64 was under appreciated; awesome port.
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    dark_lord69 , March 28, 2013 10:06 AM
    edogawaI don't understand the hype for Diablo 3? What's so special about it? Isn't it just some story mode adventure game? Why does it need an auction house? Once you beat the game why do you want to get all these items and stuff? Maybe someone can enlighten me.

    I actually agree with you but the answer to your question is that people just want to have a super elite character with the best items in the game so they can put the game on the hardest difficulty, and kill the toughest monsters with 1 hit and have everyone else say "WOW, your character is awesome."
    It's a bit ridiculous honestly. I just sold a pair of boots for $200 in the RMAH. The boots were better than the boots worn by the best Wizzard in the world (according to the Diablo 3 progress website) but still, to pay $200 cash for a pair for boots in a game seems insane to me...
    I'm gonna use the money to buy a new pair of tennis shoes and a 32" HDTV for my bedroom.
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    v1ctor , March 28, 2013 11:46 AM
    Blizzard is Diabolical. Maybe if someone beats the game in past nightmare without special items the curse get purged from the game.
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