Blizzard is launching Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on August 19, and the package contains the original Diablo 3 as well as the Reaper of Souls expansion that has already hit PCs. This is also the first time the game will be available on next-generation systems, so what do you do with your saved game and carefully constructed character from your PS3 or Xbox 360 if you decide to jump to another console?
In an interesting, and increasingly common, move for consoles, Blizzard will allow you to export your save and bring it over to another console. "Played Diablo 3 on the PS3, but want to pick up and slay with Ultimate Evil Edition on the Xbox One? No problem!" the blog post states. "Previously mowed down some demons on the Xbox 360, but are now looking to cull hordes of renegade angels on the PS4? We've got you covered. The process of transferring your saved data is simple, and we've included a step-by-step guide below to get you started."
You can expect to see more of this as console games increasingly move over to the "games as services" model publishers prefer on the PC. Blizzard wants to make sure you feel comfortable moving up to the next-generation version of the game, and allowing you to keep your progress gives you another incentive to do so.
Here's the fun bit: Moving your save across current-generation consoles won't be supported. Do you own Diablo 3 on the PlayStation 3 and want to bring your character over to the Ultimate Evil Edition on the Xbox 360? No luck. Blizzard is only supporting the export of game saves if you're moving upwards into a next-generation version of the game. The ability to move your progress upwards to the next-generation, but not laterally, has become a trend with these features.
You can check out the step by step guide on the official blog post.