A Blizzard community manager has confirmed that the upcoming action RPG Diablo 3 will be appearing on consoles as well as the PC, confirming the worst-kept secret in the history of gaming.
Posting to microblogging service Twitter, Blizzard community manager Micah Whiple responded to questions surrounding the existince or otherwise of a console release with the simple message: 'Yup. Josh Mosqueira is lead designer for the Diablo console project
Spotted by the eagle-eyed types over on Eurogamer
back on the 10th of January, Whiple's post has since been deleted from Twitter. In a follow-up, Whiple explains: '"Yup" wasn't meant to be an announcement. We're still exploring a console version, but more importantly working on the PC/Mac version.
Blizzard has been hinting at the existence of a console Diablo 3 release for some time, posting job vacancies for console developers, but has yet to officially confirm or deny its plans; and it looks like Whiple's statement is simply more kindling for the rumour-fire.
Blizzard has already come under fire for its decision to implement always-on internet-based digital rights management (DRM) technology in Diablo 3, which will require the player to have an active internet connection during both multi-player and single-player gaming sessions.
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