Diablo III is NOT coming to consoles anytime soon

You’ve probably heard the rumors that Diablo III was coming to consoles and that it was confirmed by Blizzard’s community manager, right? Well, guess again as it appears that some people mistook Bashiok’s response to a fan that asked him whether Diablo 3 was coming to consoles or not. That’s at least according to Bashiok himself, who tweeted that his positive response wasn’t meant to be an announcement.
As Bashiok tweeted:
“‘Yup’ wasn’t meant to be an announcement. We’re still exploring a console version, but more importantly working on the PC/Mac version.”
Moreover, Blizzard went ahead and issued an official statement, in which they state that Bashiok’s response on Twitter was intended as a confirmation that the company is actively exploring the possibility of developing a console version of Diablo III. This comes as no surprise, given the fact that Blizzard has mentioned this in the past. And as Bliz said, ‘this is not a confirmation that Diablo III is coming to any console platform‘.
However, you’ll have to excuse us but we are simply not buying that. Why you ask? Well, let’s go back to Bashiok’s original response to the fan that asked about the console version of Diablo III. TaNGoIX asked if Bashiok could ‘confirm or deny Diablo 3 coming to consoles‘. Notice that he was not asking whether or not Blizzard had plans for a possible console version? Then Bashiok got back to him with a positive response. Now bardon us, but Bashiok is an experienced Community Manager and could easily state something along the lines of ‘No but Blizzard is still looking for ways in bringing it to consoles‘.
Our guess is that Blizzard doesn’t want to harm the game’s PC release. A confirmation of a console version, at this point, could significantly damage Diablo III’s PC sales. Blizzard is not stupid and those later statements were an attempt at damage control and nothing more. You can bet that Diablo III will, eventually, hit consoles. However, this won’t happen anytime soon!