Diablo III will launch on the Switch handheld-console hybrid on November 2, 2018, Nintendo today announced.
Ahead of today's big Direct showcase, Nintendo revealed Diablo III's upcoming Switch port will arrive just ahead of the big holiday rush. The port will be a GOTY edition called the Eternal Collection, which includes all previously released updates and DLC including Reaper of Souls and the Necromancer class pack. Diablo III's on-the-go version will take full advantage of the Switch's dual-platform capabilities by offering both online and offline local co-op with up to four players on a single Switch, as well as 4-player co-op with four consoles linked together via Bluetooth.
Blizzard says Diablo III will run at a smooth 60FPS regardless of how you play it. Handheld mode hits 720p 60FPS and docked will run at 960p 60FPS with minor variations. There's reports that amiibos will be supported in some way, and Blizzard has sadly confirmed save migration won't be included.
Here are a few major tidbits about Diablo III on Switch:
- Runs at 60FPS 720p in handheld mode, 60FPS 960p while docked
- Offline splitscreen on a single Switch, offline local on 4 Switches, and online (via Switch Online subscription) co-op with up to 4-players supported
- Single joy-con/dual joy-con/Switch Pro controller support
- Cloud backups supported, will automatically upload progress to cloud when Switch is connected
- Profiles and saves can be transferred to a friend's Switch from the cloud
- No cross-play at launch
- No migrating saves from other platforms (ie PS4, PC, or Xbox One), players will have to start new save
- Adventure Mode can be accessed at the start, players won't have to complete campaign first
- Comes with Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer pack
Diablo III on Nintendo Switch launches on November 2, 2018.
Check below for a copy of the official press release sent out by Activision-Blizzard:
The minions of Hell have grown unfathomably strong since DiabloÂ® III's release, but lucky for the High Heavens, reinforcements are on the way. Later this year, Nintendo Switch players the world over will join the fray with the Diablo III Eternal Collectionâ"¢ and wield their systems' portable power to slay demons and amass vast hoards of loot anytime, anywhere.
The Eternal Collection is the definitive edition of the award-winning action RPG, including everything from the original Diablo III, the critically-acclaimed Reaper of Souls expansion, and the Rise of the NecromancerÂ® pack. With seven powerful character classes, a five-act campaign that spans the lore-rich and demon-infested world of Sanctuary, and an endlessly replayable Adventure Mode, the Eternal Collection is the perfect all-in-one package to introduce newcomers to a lifetime of adventure.
The Eternal Collection for the Nintendo Switch incorporates the system's flexibility and versatility into its design. Whether using a Joy-Conâ"¢ controller or a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, players will have an awe-inspiring assortment of demon-slaying powers at their fingertips, thanks to intuitive, ultra-responsive controls custom-built for Nintendo Switch. And true to the spirit of the Diablo series, players will also have a wealth of options when it comes to cleansing Sanctuary cooperatively-up to four players can band together to engage in grand multiplayer crusades, whether they're sharing a screen on a single Nintendo Switch, linking their systems together wirelessly, or teaming up through the Nintendo Switch Online* service.
"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. "Bringing the world together through epic entertainment is core to our mission at Blizzard-we can't wait to welcome a new generation of demon-slayers to Sanctuary."
"At Nintendo, we're huge fans of rich and compelling games that speak to players around the world," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America President and COO.
"By partnering with companies like Blizzard, we're able to create new ways of engaging with beloved content. Blizzard and Nintendo share a commitment to redefining the way people play games, and with Diablo III Eternal Collection for Nintendo Switch, that means players can now explore the vast world of Sanctuary anytime they like, and anywhere they go."
Diablo III is the fastest-selling PC game of all time**. The Reaper of Souls expansion introduced the mighty Crusader class, the infinitely-replayable Adventure Mode, and a host of other game-defining features, like the random loot-filled Nephalem Rift dungeons. In 2017, Rise of the Necromancer resurrected the fan-favorite Necromancer class from Diablo II, bolstering players' forces with the gruesome powers of blood and bone. All of this is included in Diablo III Eternal Edition for the Nintendo Switch system, on top of platform-exclusive bonus items, like The Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, inspired by the iconic villain from The Legend of Zelda series.
Diablo III Eternal Collection for Nintendo Switch will be available later this year at retail stores everywhere and digitally through the Nintendo eShop. Gamers in North America and Europe will be able to get an early look at Diablo III Eternal Collection this August at Gamescom in Cologne, Fan Expo in Toronto, and PAX West in Seattle. For more information, visit https://www.diablo3.com/switch. For screenshots, video, and other media, visit the Blizzard Entertainment press site at https://blizzard.gamespress.com/Diablo-III.
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