Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blizzard to show off playable demo of Diablo III for the PS3 at PAX East

Blizzard announced on Thursday that it will make an appearance at PAX East expo from March 22-24. What's more, something else will be making an appearance: the PS3 version of "Diablo III."

Blizzard is calling "Diablo III" the "Great Jewel of PAX East." To be clear, the D3 version shown in Boston will be -- hold onto your hats -- playable.
Gather your gear, heroes, and get ready to face down the Burning Hells on the PlayStation 3!

Our action-packed single-player hands-on demo will showcase several key elements that make Diablo III on the PS3 so much fun, including a reimagined interface and inventory system, direct character control, updated camera, and bosses and monsters specifically tuned for console. Players will also get to experience gameplay from Act III of the campaign where they’ll get to test their mettle as either the cunning Demon Hunter or mighty Barbarian.

The company will have demo stations available from 10 a.m. EDT to 6 p.m. EDT in booth #1036 of the Expo Hall. Gameplay will be available from Act III of the "Diablo III" campaign, which begins with "The Siege of Bastion’s Keep." Players will have the option to play as either the Barbarian or the Demon Hunter character classes.

"Diablo III" for the PS3 -- and the upcoming PS4 -- was revealed by Blizzard in February during the PS4 launch event. The company also announced at the time that the game would feature four-player local co-op and would not require a constant internet connection.

That had to make PC gamers jealous, but since then, too, it's been learned that cross-platform play between console and gaming will not be available.

PAX is short for the Penny Arcade Expo. It is a series of gaming festivals held in Seattle, Boston, and Melbourne, Australia. It was created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the authors of the "Penny Arcade" webcomic, because the longed for a show that gave equal attention to console gamers, PC gamers, and tabletop gamers.

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