Could the Diablo series make a return to consoles? A handful of new jobs seeking fresh Blizzard talent with console experience sure makes it look that way.
The studio that normally sticks to PC and Mac may be making a console version of Diablo III, according to new job listings spotted by Gamasutra. Blizzard is seeking a Senior Producer, Lead Designer and Lead Programmer for a console version of its popular hack and slash RPG series, openings described as "particularly critical position[s]." Each is listed under the Diablo III section of the job openings page.
"Blizzard Entertainment is seeking an experienced engineer to lead console development on the Diablo team," reads one listing. "The ideal candidate has both strong leadership skills and an impressive technical console background."
Blizzard has primarily stuck to PC based development for its recent projects, but has had some console experience, including StarCraft 64, Blackthorne and The Lost Vikings. The original Diablo was released for the PlayStation in 1998.
Could Diablo III come to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360? We're checking in with Blizzard to find out...
Update: Blizzard has responded with the following statement, posted at the official Diablo community site.
We're exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles and are currently looking to fill a few senior console-related positions on the Diablo III team. As we've said in the past, with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we're interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project. If you're passionate about all things Diablo and have the requisite skill and experience, then head over to our jobs site to check out the positions and apply.
Please note that this is not an announcement of a console title. We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don't intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to delay or affect the release of the game.