PC gamers, go ahead and take a deep breath, and now let it out slowly. There is only a really good chance that Diablo III will find it's way to consoles, I promise. Blizzard dropped the hint last November and since then many veterans of the Diablo franchise have been waiting in anticipation to find out if one of the few remaining PC/Mac exclusive games will spread it's fiery, hellacious wings, and fly to other platforms. For hardened PC gaming veterans, it's not about holding on, it's about letting go.
To find out when we might see a console version on store shelves, hit the break.
Blizzard did release a job posting for a "Senior Producer," that also entailed the words "Console" and Diablo III. I don't know about you but my spider sense is tingling. The job listing also stated that,
The ideal candidate has prior experience in console game development and has a keen knowledge of how each discipline operates and interacts.
While they are looking to fill a few spots on the Diablo III team with some guys that have console development experience, they have cautioned us not to jump the shark. This posting should not be interpreted as an announcement of a console version, they are merely open to the idea. Blizzard is still very PC/Mac focused, so we can all take solace in the fact that consoles won't get in the way of our beloved franchise. Blizzard hopes to have the PC/Mac version out by the end of this year and I'm guessing a fall release to take advantage of the holidays. It is possible that we will see a console version sometime in 2012.
Of course, if the game turns out to be a flop then it won't really matter what platforms it releases on but based on this PvP gameplay, things seem to be on the right track.