"The Eternal Collection is the definitive version of Diablo III, and we're thrilled to team up with Nintendo to unleash it for Nintendo Switch gamers around the world later this year", said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. After a leaked announcement yesterday, Blizzard has now confirmed that Diablo III is coming to the Switch. With senior producer Pete Stilwell admitting to GameSpot that Overwatch on Switch "is feasible".
"Anything is within the realm of possibility", he said.
You'll be able to play Diablo III on the Switch all by yourself in both docked and handheld mode, and it will run at 60 frames per second in both modes (some games are locked to lower frame rates in handheld mode). "Our team was given the task to work on this".More news: U.S. welcomes Afghanistan's latest ceasefire offer to Taliban
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Overwatch has always been on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but when asked about a potential Switch port, Sitwell offered a somewhat vague statement. "If [Overwatch's] Team 4 picks up that endeavor, that's on them". This was made easier by the fact that Diablo 3 has already been ported to consoles. "As of right now Diablo is our only focus on Switch".
With the release, it marks the first time a Blizzard game has appeared on a Nintendo platform since the Nintendo 64's port of the original Starcraft in 2000. "StarCraft 2 is next level requirements from how much dexterity you need with a mouse and keyboard, so I think that would have been a very hard port".
With Starcraft (and therefore presumably Warcraft) ruled out there aren't a lot of other obvious Blizzard games to bring to the Switch, especially as Hearthstone remains PC and smartphone-only. "It would have [to] change the core gameplay". While they've mostly ignored it or downplayed whether or not certain games would work on it (I think a port of a game from 2012 and Hearthstone, a touch-based card project, would have been great out of the gate), now that they have the backing of Nintendo and Iron Galaxy, the whole situation has changed.