In a post on Blizzard’s official Diablo III forum, Community Manager Vaeflare has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game will not support cross-platform play with their PC counterpart.
“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). As a result, the characters on your Battle.net account and PlayStation account will also remain separate.”
This seems like a very unfortunate announcement. I imagine a lot of people would have enjoyed playing multiplayer Diablo III with players on PCs and consoles. Instead, the community will be divided and segregated.
Vaeflare also discussed the method of controlling the game for the console versions, putting to rest any hope of keyboard and mouse support. There are also no current plans for the PC version of Diablo III to support controllers either.
“In terms of allowing an analog controller hookup for the PC, we don’t have any plans for that kind of support right now. Similarly, since Diablo III for console was designed with a controller in mind, the PlayStation version of Diablo III will not support USB mice or keyboards.”
Blizzard must be very confident in how the Dual Shock can control the console version of Diablo III to make such a decision. The PlayStation One version of Diablo did manage to cram all of the necessary functions onto the controller at the time. Hopefully Diablo III will follow suit.
With those questions answered, we’re still waiting to find out whether Diablo III for PS3 and PS4 will include support for a Real Money Auction House (RMAH). The RMAH is always a controversial subject, and if it is implemented into the console versions of the game, there is sure to be another round of passionate discussion on the subject.