By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 28, 2013 11:01 AM EST
Diablo 3, the popular action RPG for the current and next-generation PlayStation consoles, will not support cross-platform multiplayer capabilities with the PC version.
The news comes from a post on the Diablo 3 forums, where Blizzard says that no such connectivity is in the cards for now. Considering that Diablo 3 will be available on two separate closed networks, Blizzard's Battle.net and Sony's PlayStation Network, the news should not come as much of a surprise.
"While we think cross-platform play would be awesome, there are currently no plans to allow connectivity between PlayStation Network and Battle.net (this is pretty standard for most games that have PC and console support)," explains the company. "As a result, the characters of your Battle.net account and PlayStation account will also remain separate."
Blizzard further said it currently has no plans to enable analog controller support for the PC version of the game, just like it has no plans to add mouse and keyboard support for the PlayStation version.
In other news, it turns out that Diablo 3 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 may not require an Internet connection to play after all. According to Sony's John Hight, the console version will allow up to four players on the same screen without requiring the typical split-screen mode.
"We just zoom the camera out. Or if you're offline..." he started to explain during a GameTrailer interview, before being interrupted by host Geoff Keighley. Hight also noted that the PlayStation 3 version is "much further along" in the development process compared to the PlayStation 4 version.
On the other hand, it remains uncertain for now whether the PlayStation versions will pack the Auction Houses as well. Selling goods for real-world cash does not quite fall in line with the PlayStation Network, though trading goods using Sony's Station Cash or something similar seems more likely.
Diablo 3's launch on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will mark the first time the series is available on consoles since the release of the original Diablo on the first PlayStation back in 1998, two years after the title made its debut on PCs and Macs.