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Shacknews: Blizzard wanted a Diablo for handhelds

Discussion in 'Diablo 3 General Discussion' started by fmulder, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. fmulder

    fmulder Site Contributor

    Oct 1, 2010
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    More tidbits from the upcoming Blizzard North book via Shacknews, click for some addtional info on a second D2 expansion that never eventuated:

    Would you have bought "Diablo Junior" if it had been made? Perhaps we would see future Diablo titles on hand-helds?
  2. WhiteGiant

    WhiteGiant IncGamers Member

    Jun 17, 2009
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    i dont think they would have done well - i think the most advanced handheld at the time was gameboy advanced. and i dont see how they would have created an satisfying arpg experience unless they made in a style of castlevania and not like a topdown view game.

    if they intendet to make it into an turn based game like final fantasy / golden sun / pokemon it could have worked ; but they also would have had a lot of competition with the beforementioned games.
  3. pulli

    pulli IncGamers Member

    Jun 21, 2009
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    Zelda could actually be quite easily adapted to become an aRPG.
  4. Valeli

    Valeli IncGamers Member

    Jan 2, 2012
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    Diablo Junior? That name alone is awful enough I'd not have bought it, if it was the real name and not the working title...

    That aside, I really was never much into handhelds as a kid except for tetris (which i still love) and one or two other games. I really don't think I'd have gone for a black and white (or weird pale-colored on the later game boy) Diablo type game. Some franchises I'm /really/ into, and there's a chance you could sell me on picking up a lower quality game for the story alone (I've been tempted to pick up some random final fantasy things, for example). Diablo never fit in that sort of a category for me.

    I mean, I criticize D3's a lot as being horrible. But the truth is D2 doesn't have /that/ much going on that grabs me beyond a fun premise for a game. I like the basic idea, and can get into it. But I don't have a need to delve into the deep history of the Visjeri or what not. I honestly prefer to tie it into (non-existant) parallels with real-world religion than with the game world they started developing heavily after Diablo 1.

    As a business model, I think the 3 cartridge thing could have been clever. Had it been a game I was into, I'd probably have picked up multiple cartridges of it. But that's a big challenge they'd have had with me, to draw me to a product that was graphically inferior (and probably had worse controls and audio as well).

    As an adult, it would be an even tougher sell. I haven't touched a handheld console in ages, and don't have any plans to with my cellphone being sufficient to kill small blips of free time.

    Edit: While I say I'm not into the back story they started developing heavily after Diablo 1, I also think that some sort of "prequel" is the best bet they have for a Diablo 4. Since the other premise of Diablo coming up into the world and being defeated is getting really played out at this point. I wouldn't be surprised if they go down that path some day, and it could definitely make a neat game if done well.

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