Blizzard has officially confirmed the development of Diablo 3 for Xbox One. The Diablo 3 for Xbox One is being developed in tandem with the previously announced PlayStation 4 version, Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition which includes the new expansion for the PC and Mac versions of the game, Reaper of Souls.
Speaking to Videogamer, lead producer Alex Mayberry confirmed the development of the Xbox One version of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition but not not a release date, or even if a release date is coming.
“I don’t know where we are with Microsoft right now so I can’t really comment on what that contract looks like. The point is we are developing for Xbox [One] and PS4 simultaneously. We hit those major platforms and then our goal as a development team is to make them run.”
Gamers will remember that while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of Diablo 3 were released on the same day, the initial announcement was for the PlayStation 3 version with the Xbox 360 version not being confirmed ’til much later.
Mayberry further commented that while there may not be a contract in place to release Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition on the Xbox One, it makes sense from a development standpoint to work on both versions simultaneously.
“We have that pipeline worked out,” he continued. “We’ve already done it with the 360 and PS3, so that team knows how to develop at the same time for both of those platforms. That’s just what we do. And then Blizzard and Microsoft can work out whatever they work out.”
While Mayberry did not specifically state that the Xbox One version of Diablo 3 would be the same as the PlayStation 4 version with the Ultimate Evil content, if they are being developed in conjunction with each other, then it is a safe bet that they will have feature parity.
According to Battle.net, the official site for Blizzard’s game franchise, the PlayStation 4 version of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls will harness the console’s increased power to leverage extra features and graphical improvements from Sony’s 7 year old PlayStation 3.
The most notable improvement will be a 1080p native resolution for the game running at 60fps giving the game a smooth and fluid feel as compared to the 720p resolution from the PlayStation 3 running at a respectable 30fps.
The Xbox One has had a troubled rollout with very few games running at a native 1080p, such as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and the biggest release on the console to date, Titanfall, runs smoothly with 60fps, but at a disappointing 792p, as we have discussed earlier.
According to Polygon, many different features were announced for the PlayStation 4 version of Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, such as loot sharing, higher monster density, better graphic shaders and quicker loading times. Support for the touch pad on the PlayStation 4 controller is also being built in, as well as character transfer from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4. It is unknown at this time how many of these features will appear on the Xbox One version.
Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition has not been given a release date for either console. Be sure to follow Inquisitr for more news about Diablo 3 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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