Blizzard has already started work on the PlayStation 4 version of Diablo 3, senior level designer Matthew Berger said in a new interview. He also revealed that the development team is considering ways to make that version interact with other PlayStation platforms.
Diablo 3 will debut on the PS3 next week. Because the PS4 version won't be out until 2014, it's possible that a lot of PlayStation gamers will just pick up the PS3 edition instead. Berger told GNN.Gamer (via DiabloFans) that it's possible that players will be able to carry their PS3 characters over to the PS4. Considering how many hours Diablo 3 players put into building up their characters, it would be great if they could retain them in the next generation.
The PlayStation Vita will be able to stream certain PS4 games. Alternately, it can be used as a second-screen for the console to unlock certain features. Berger says that Diablo 3 on PS4 could make use of the handheld in some way but provided no additional details.
The PS4 versions of D3 will take advantage of DualShock 4's unique features as well. Blizzard previously revealed that players will be able to use the front touchpad of the controller in order to manage their inventory. They can also stream their gaming experience online with the "Share" button.
The PS3, Xbox 360 and PS4 editions of Diablo 3 will have a redesigned user interface optimized for controllers. In a change from the PC/Mac version, players will directly control their characters movement rather than pointing and clicking. Other console-exclusive features include local co-op and fully offline play.
D3 director Josh Mosqueira said earlier this week that the console versions may receive the Reaper of Souls expansion pack. Berger didn't reveal anything else on that front but did promise that the game will be updated on consoles post-launch just as it is on PC and Mac.