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Will Blizzard games on consoles happen ?

People have been asking about the possibility of World of Warcraft on Xbox 360 or PS3 for some time now, and while we don't think that's likely to happen, Blizzard has at least acknowledged that it will develop games for consoles in the future. J. Allen Brack, production director for World of Warcraft, and Samwise Didier, senior director of StarCraft II, recently spoke with Gamasutra about Blizzard's PC focus and why they haven't made the plunge into the realm of consoles just yet.

 

"We're working on PC because it's familiar to us and it's relatively easy and it's not changing formats every other year and there aren't three different versions," Didier said. "Console, we have to worry about [those things]. I think the PC is really a good market to target."

 

"We just want to make the right game for the right platform," added Brack. "Think about StarCraft II. Some real-time strategy games have tried to happen on the console. Some of those have been successful, but overall, our experience is that it's going to be a better game on the PC, ergo it's developed on the PC."

 

From a retail perspective, selling boxed PC games hasn't exactly been a good business for most publishers. That obviously has not hurt Blizzard, however, considering the massive success of WoW. "I don't see the PC market as being bad. I mean, we didn't have 12 million players ten years ago," noted Didier. "Whatever the format, console or PC, I think if there is a good game, it's going to be played."

 

Ultimately, Blizzard games on consoles will happen. The company just won't say when. "...we're a company of gamers," said Brack. "I have two consoles at home. Sam has consoles. We're a culture of gamers. We will definitely work on a console game at some point. I have no doubt about that. It's just [a matter of] what game. What makes the most sense?"

 

 

 

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