Josh Mosquiera Video Interview


Thanks to SilverFang for pointing us to Gamestar.de has posted a video interview from E3 with Diablo Console director / Diablo 3 Game Director DiabloWikiJosh Mosquiera. Once you get past the weirdness of seeing a Blizzard employee giving an interview while not wearing a Blizzard t-shirt, it’s a quick 5:30 with some good info about console stuff. I listened and tapped down the key bits, as follows:

  • Josh talked about why the Diablo 3 console has an offline mode and how fun it was. He then showed some impressive PR-fu by swiftly pivoting to explain why the PC version has an online-only requirement and no current plans for an offline mode. (PC version is build for B.net, great social features in vl.08, etc.) You’ll be shocked to learn that the word “piracy” was not part of his explanation.
  • They worked to really redo the whole game feel so it would play like it was “hand built” for the console. They wanted a very actiony play system, and the Evade roll works with that, as does the changes to the item system. Fewer but better items drop, and they wanted you playing the game, not the inventory, so it’s quicker to see if items you find are upgrades.
  • Nephalem Globes are a new drop; they come out just like Health Globes, and give a temporary buff to your movement speed and damage. Details were not shared, but that seems a very potentially interesting feature, a bit like giving every class a version of DiabloWikiGruesome Feast.
  • All the boss fights in the game have been tweaked for the console. For instance you can see the Belial fight from a much lower camera angle in some of the videos they’ve released.
  • Josh talked up the benefits of a “staggered production cycle” which means releasing the Console a year after thePC version, hence the console can launch with all of the patch improvements such as the Infernal Machine, better crafting recipes, etc.
  • PlayStation 4 differences were teased, with Josh clearly hinting that they’re doing cool stuff with the new controller and better graphics, but nothing they can officially comment on yet.
  • The video doesn’t seem to be embedable, but you can view it, funny commercials in German, and lots of buffering, here.

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    1. You know, normally I cut Blizzard a lot of slack. Mainly because they’ve created some of my favorite games. But that “PR-fu” about the PC online only mode vs the console offline mode just makes me angry. Excuse me whilst I walk away and calm down now.

      • I’m standing outside smoking a cigarette all pissed off. They should of given us some lipstick when we bought that game, because we want to at least look pretty while we’re getting FUCKED.

    2. Why would I be shocked to find out they didn’t mention piracy. Anyone who thinks the online portion was mainly just to avoid piracy is disillusion.

      The Online only was never a concern of mine. Then I don’t ever plan to play Diablo 3 on an airplane or in a submarine or some other ridiculous location.

      • The PC on line only was needed because of the real money auction house involved.

        Blizzard did an excellent job in protecting the RMAH against hackers etc.

        Anti piracy was just a side effect. Result: 13 million sales not hampered by illegal copies.

        And those who don’t see the need for a protection of present day applications involving real money on the internet are simply idiots.

        As you said: I wonder how anyone could play a mouse driven game on a plane, bus or in a car.

        Flux had the nerve again to talk about PR talk, while the line about the RMAH is quite clear cut AND logica.

        • “Blizzard did an excellent job in protecting the RMAH against hackers etc.”

          You cant be serious…

          Ever hear about the RMAH gold duping fiasco in 2013? Were you around then?

          • Let the truth set you free Thrall!

            YOU could have been playing during the extra 6 hour emergency maintenance period we had today if offline play would have been enabled.

            Right Thrall?

        • “The PC on line only was needed because of the real money auction house involved.”
          -They could have made an offline mode where there is no RMAH.

          “Blizzard did an excellent job in protecting the RMAH against hackers etc.”
          -There were incidents of mass duping of gems on the Asia server and gold duping on the Americas server recently. Many items have been duped via account rollbacks and then sold. A lot of the gold (and many items I assume) on the RMAH were generated by botting. That’s not “an excellent job” IMO.

          “And those who don’t see the need for a protection of present day applications involving real money on the internet are simply idiots.”
          -The hypothetical offline D3 version would not involve real money on the internet…

          “As you said: I wonder how anyone could play a mouse driven game on a plane, bus or in a car.”
          -Not many, although I once met a player who was played from a tugboat, and the lag decreased his enjoyment of the game of course. But how about someone who would have liked to play during one of their weekly 6-hours “scheduled maintenances” or the emergency maintenances such as today?

          • If you think gold duping is “serious” you need put things in perspective because gold duping is a joke of a breech compared to credit card information being stolen in which blizzard DID do a good job of protecting.

            • Yeah ok, the RMAH. But you know what, I could have done without the RMAH, and played the two copies of D3 my wife and I own across our LAN. Kind like how the console players can play one copy together on the couch.

              Heck, I wouldn’t have minded leveling up a separate, secure multiplayer character that had access to RMAH. Because at least I have access to the game and be able to play when the internet gives out. Kinda like the console players.

              Now to be clear, I’m not calling the PC a beta test for the console. I’m not saying the PC version isn’t fun, because I’ve had heaps of fun with the game. But like D2, I would have preferred having the choice to play on BNET, rather then being forced to.

              The only good thing that I can say about Blizzard regarding the PC version online requirement, is that they didn’t hide it, and everyone who picked the game up, myself included, knew that it was an online only game. Which is why the console version of the game makes me mad.

    3. While this is a Fan website; which is open to criticism i cannot emphasize the purity of bullshitness, every strand of protein within this shit, contains singularities of lies with a greedy goldberg nosed molecule with dollar signs for eyes.

      You can’t deny the fact; Pc were test dummies and everything they do and say from now is to try and cover up the disastrous outcome of D3, one year one of which i still play in hope of changes or a remarkable award for my time and attention to this disabled set of memory on my hard drive.

    4. Nephalem Globes? Sounds like fun. I think at one point I think it was explained that it was exactly like shrine buffs but more potent and only lasted for a few seconds. It sort of sounds like they decided to change it to only one buff that was damage and move speed.

    5. All hail the PC beta testers and still beta testing! Diablo3 will never be complete because it was made with no soul. No chance in hell it will live up to its the “Diablo” name unless made by the original developers.

    6. I don’t think i’ll even spend another penny on Blizzard creations. They simply don’t deserve my money / trust anymore.

      • See you at d3 expansion pack.

        • you know, more than i hate what blizzard has done to this game, is clueless kddie fags who respond to every critique “see you at expansion” or “you will buy it anyway”
          if pc games are such a huge part of your life that you pay and buy any shit without a second thought, fine, but don’t superimpose your attitude towards others.
          maybe grow up and spend your own money instead of your parents’ and you will think twice if you want to throw dollars towards comapnies who treat you like cattle

          • you know who’s a kiddie? it’s people like you who rage and call people names because they can’t accept the fact there are people who have other opinions different than theirs and have a black and white vision.

            So you basically you assume i blindly buy pc games because i said that? you know i can still say that but not be a blizzard drone. I present to you this:

            http://kotaku.com/5403286/what-modern-warfare-2-boycotters-are-playing

            And you know what? same thing happened with lleft 4 dead 2 boycotters. may i say google images may come handy.

            It’s people like you is what’s wrong with the diablo community. Single minded brats who get loud when they don’t get what they want. Oh and by the way you are so buying the expansion!

    7. “He then showed some impressive PR-fu …”

      mmm, I read that and thought Flux was saying
      “He then showed some impressive PR-screw up …”

    8. Kids discussing … Off line hacking possibilities in a game with a real money Auction House.

      Grow up, get real and get working.

      • yes, we need to work so we can buy items

        god forbid we actually play the game and find them

        • You didn’t find them in D2 either.

          And since the trading is now in game it had to be protected with on line mode only for the PC.

          —–> Do you think it will be “fun” pushing ONE button on a website to upgrade your Barbarion to 2 million DPS ?

          Because that’s exactly what is going to happen on your console play of D3 ….

          Do not even come up with the “I don’t care” argument because comparing game achievements with friends is what’s driving games these days.

          I don’t want to go back to playing PacMan in some lone basements either.

          • “Do you think it will be “fun” pushing ONE button on a website to upgrade your Barbarion to 2 million DPS ?”

            no, that’s why most of the people here won’t do it

            why do you keep bringing up that silly argument ?

            just because the game saves your characters client side doesn’t FORCE you to edit the files or run bots or hacks or visit sketchy websites that boost your char

            “… pushing ONE button on a website to upgrade your Barbarion to 2 million DPS ? Because that’s exactly what is going to happen on your console play of D3”

            thank god there’s no way to press a couple of buttons on the PC version of D3 and increase your DPS by 2 million

            ha ha ha

            because visiting the RMAH, pressing a couple of buttons, and increasing your DPS by 2 million is TOTALLY different

            ha ha ha

    9. Let the truth set you free Thrall!

    10. Short Version:
      Eat shit and die.

      Extence Version:
      Less but better loot, offline mode, no AH, 4 players split screen…only for consoles? Erm…(insert short version here)!!!

      Btw I…would be glad to keep incgamers for the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race…Every time I hear developers say “we need to wait for better pcs”(typical EA developer) or…We can’t do an offline, no ah, better Diablo 3 for PC I feel the rushing need to puke all over the screen…….

      Ok, that was not constructive at all, all rage…ALL TRUE.

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