Posted 3 September
Diablo III launches today on PS3
Greetings from Sanctuary! Our devilish team of developers has poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into bringing our epic action-RPG to consoles. While the reviews are still coming in, we’ve been excited to see that the critics are loving Diablo III on PlayStation 3!
I hope that you’ll love it too. You can pick the game up on Blu-ray disc this week or save some gas money by downloading a digital copy from PlayStation Store. Either way, you’ll be primed for countless hours of fun with one of the most action-packed adventures around.
Don’t forget about the five PS3-exclusive in-game bonus items you’ll score:
- “The Hero’s Journey” – A Legendary shoulder item that includes a Journey style scarf
- “Drake’s Amulet” – A Legendary amulet that bears a striking resemblance to the ring that Drake wears around his neck in Uncharted
- “Leoric’s Gauntlets” – These Legendary gloves summon a ghostly skeleton to fight for you
- “Crimson Angelic Wings” – Call forth a set of red Angelic Wings
- “Leah’s Ring” – A Legendary ring that provides bonuses to Magic Find and Gold Find
Be sure to invite your friends over too – Diablo III on PS3 features local co-op play for up to four players on the same screen. Here’s a taste of what the Lord of Terror has in store for you and your friends:
Pick up and slay
Take a stand as one of humanity’s last defenders, choosing from among the most badass demon slayers gaming’s ever seen: the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, or Wizard. Directly control your character against the hordes of the Burning Hells and unleash devastating powers – we’ve custom-built this version of Diablo III to feel perfect with a controller in hand.
Dodge all the things!
Avoid incoming attacks or reposition yourself for more strategic use of your skills with a simple flick of the right analogue stick. This manoeuvre is especially useful for ranged classes, but even a Barbarian can appreciate being able to sidestep a fireball.
Items and loot
You’ll find epic loot on your adventure and the PS3 version of Diablo III provides you with an easy way to know whether something you’ve picked up is an upgrade—without having to pause the action. Simply hit Up on the d-pad to scroll through the latest pieces of gear you’ve gathered. A green arrow pointing up lets you know you’ve found an upgrade . . . so press X and equip it!
No escaping your deadly skills
It’s always smart to focus fire. If you spy a demon that looks particularly menacing, you can hold down the left trigger while targeting it to lock on. All your attacks will then be aimed right for its face, right where they belong.
Did someone say “Epic loot”?
The game features targeted loot drops, too, so you’re more likely to find upgrades that are tailored for the class you’re playing. And since Diablo III is an equal opportunity treasure hunt, everyone playing together in local co-op can reap the rewards!
The more you journey through Sanctuary, the more demons and monsters you’ll encounter. Be careful when you see a pack of enemies with a blue or yellow glow around them. This glow means they’re an elite pack – far more powerful than their peers, but they’re also carrying better treasure!
You’ll meet these greedy little fellows occasionally, each carrying a sack full of riches. Let your team know you’ve spotted a treasure goblin and focus your efforts on beating the treasure out of ‘em! Watch out, though. These sneaky creatures will try to lure you into packs of monsters as they make their escape!
One couch to rule them all
It’s no fun having to wait around while your local co-op buddy answers the door or takes a bathroom break. We’ve designed the game so that when a break is needed, the rest of the group can keep playing – idle party members will automatically keep up with the group while they’re away!
After spending months laser-focused on creating a true Blizzard-quality console-gaming experience, we’re super excited that the game is here – and we can’t wait to see you all in Hell!