Diablo III coming to Nintendo Switch

Blizzard plans to port Diablo III to the Switch with a host of co-op options.

Derek Strickland
Published Wed, Aug 15 2018 4:51 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Blizzard's not-so-subtle tease was right on the money: Diablo III is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year.

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Following confirmation that its working on several new Diablo projects, Blizzard plans to release Diablo III on Nintendo's handheld-console Switch hybrid as the Diablo III Eternal Collection later this year. As you'd expect, this is a GOTY version with Reaper of Souls and the Rise of the Necromancer DLCs.

The news was prematurely posted on Forbes (now taken down) and made its rounds on the internet, including Reddit and Kotaku, both of which confirm interesting details about the ARPG port.

Diablo III on Switch will include both local and online co-op modes that leverage the system's main dual strength as an on-the-go handheld and dedicated home console. On the local side, up to four players can play split-screen on a single Switch console, and four Switch units can be tethered together locally for a full-on handheld experience. Of course the port will also support online play--after all Blizzard is all about online gaming now--via Nintendo's paid Switch Online subscription service, which starts at $4.99 a month, $7.99 for 3 months, and $19.99 for 12 months.

No Switch port would be complete without extra goodies. In Skyrim we saw Link's costume show up, and in Diablo III Switch we'll see a special Ganondorf skin, a cuckoo pet, and some cosmetic wings.

Diablo III Eternal Collection on Switch is slated to release sometime this year. Blizzard has yet to confirm the Switch port, but we should see some announcements soon.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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