More information about the PlayStation 3 version of Blizzard’s hack-and-slash RPG Diablo III has been unveiled. According to the PA Report, the PS3 version of the game will have an offline-mode; however, it will lack the real-money auction house. The game will also feature four-player local co-op on the PS3.
“It’s so much fun,” said Lead Designer Joshua Mosqueira when asked about the co-op. “On a big couch, with four of your friends, drinking beers, it’s almost like a party atmosphere. There’s this really awesome social moment with a legendary drop, and everyone is cheering. It feels very collaborative.”
The addition of an offline mode for the PS3 is one of the main reasons for the removal of the real-money auction house. “The ecosystems on the PC and console are very different,” Mosqueira explained. “There were some technical reasons we had to go with offline, but again once you have an offline experience, even if we wanted to bring in the auction house, it just becomes problematic. How do you validate? How do you make sure there is no duping or any of that stuff?”
No offline mode on the PS3
“But we really felt that playing offline, and being able to move your console from the living room to your bedroom, which a lot of players do to play, is really important,” Mosqueira said.
Back in February, Sony's John Hight had revealed that the PS3 version of Diablo III is much further along in development than the PS4 version. He revealed that the developer team had some thoughts about how the DualShock 4's touchpad could be used. The game is set to come with all the updates out of the box, along with PVP. Currently, Blizzard hasn't announced any release date for the console ports.
Blizzard revealed information on the PVP elements of Diablo III back in January. PVP was added to the game in patch 1.0.7. The biggest addition was the addition of duelling. To duel another player, you need to talk to an NPC named Nek the Brawler at the inn in New Tristram. Speaking to him will take you and your party to the Scorched Chapel—a new zone designed specifically for PVP. The zone has custom geometry and features four areas: the church, the graveyard, the river and the lake. At the moment, dueling supports up to four players in a Free-For-All format, which means you can fight people either one-on-one, have a three-player Free-For-All, or go all out in a full four-player Free-For-All.
The new zone was created so that players don't get griefed by other players when they're not looking to duel. At the moment, the game doesn't keep any score and there are no objectives. "We wanted dueling to be as simple and straightforward as possible, so we created a minimalist system—we know that even without rewards and objectives, some players just want to beat each other up," Blizzard stated.