Players of Diablo 3 will not play be able to play the same characters on their PlayStation as they do on their computers. In a forum post by Vaeflare, it was confirmed that there will be no cross-platform play when Diablo 3 is released on the PS3.

“While we think cross-platform play would be awesome, there are currently no plans to allow connectivity between PlayStation Network and (this is pretty standard for most games that have PC and console support). As a result, the characters on your account and PlayStation account will also remain separate.”

The post goes on to say that Blizzard won’t allow an analog controller hookup to be used by players of the PC game.  This is a disappointment for fans who are tired of the “mouse mashing” that is such a big part of the series.  If you want to use the controller, you need to get the PS3 version. The same goes for anyone who was looking forward to using their keyboard and mouse from their couch. It is a completely different UI, so a completely different method is required. If you play Diablo 3 on the PS3, you use a controller. If you play on a PC, you don’t.

It would have been cool to be able to upload our elite Paragon super wizards to another platform with cross-platform play, but alas, it won’t happen. Another big question that has yet to be answered is “Will Diablo 3 have an offline mode?” We should find out much more when Blizzard comes to PAX East in March.

  • Shawn Looker

    I personally don’t really care.  The game when it came out wasn’t great and I didn’t play it for long anyways.  This was one of the biggest disappointments I’ve had from Blizzard in a long time.

  • Steven Brown

    I mean i play on the PC and i think it should stay that way, but if people want to seriously go buy this game for console then i think they deserve to have to start a new character. I can see how this might strike a chord with some people given how long the game has already been out for PC, but then again it is for a new platform and they have to figure out some way to have players actually play the game from the start. And i think that by making players start fresh and not port over their already paragon lvl 100 character is a good way to make them do just that.

  • Patrick Ramsey

     I guess you missed the half dozen interviews mentioning Diablo 3 on PS3/PS4 will allow offline play for single player and couch co-op. Real question is: does all this mean Blizzard has finally done away with the in-game Auction House that has clearly ruined the PC title?