Blizzard has confirmed that previous rumors stating that they are in talks with Microsoft over a new console is bunk. The previous rumor that stemmed from GamesIndustry.biz stated that:
Blizzard's Rob Pardo has confirmed that his company has had talks with Microsoft about the successor to the Xbox 360.
Speaking at the Luminaries Lunch today during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Pardo would only state that Blizzard is actively in discussions with Microsoft, seemingly confirming the development process of new console hardware is under way.
However, a Blizzard rep clarified that while they were indeed in talks with Microsoft, it wasn't over a new Xbox model:
In the Lunch with Luminaries discussion, Rob said that Microsoft occasionally bounces ideas off of us, with no specific reference to any possible future consoles. This should come as no surprise, as our games run on Microsoft's PC operating system. We aren't in discussions with Microsoft regarding any future consoles.
Looks like we'll have to wait longer for the next iteration of the Xbox, which is only right. A new console right now with the economy as it is would be suicide.
- Microsoft: this generation of consoles will have longer life cycle
- Ubisoft: next generation of consoles coming 2012
- Sony: PlayStation 3 is future-proof, will last longer than PS2 will