Diablo 3 is Coming to Switch This Fall, and You Can Play as Ganon

It's the first Blizzard game on a Nintendo console in 15 years.

News by Kat Bailey, .

Diablo 3 is indeed coming to Switch in 2018, Blizzard officially confirmed today. And like Skyrim, which was released last year, it will have exclusive Nintendo-themed content.

The port of Blizzard's 2011 RPG will bring with it all of the content from the original game, including the Reaper of Souls expansion and the Necromancer. And like its siblings on other consoles, it will feature local and online multiplayer, the latter of which will require a Nintendo Switch Online account once the service launches.

It still won't be possible to transfer over existing characters from the PS4 or Xbox One, nor will it feature crossplay. But knowing that a sizable portion of its audience is comprised of returning fans, Blizzard is making it possible to skip the main campaign. This will allow veterans to enjoy Diablo 3's missions at their own pace, though they will still start at Level 1.

"This game has been out for a day or two, so we had the assumption some of our players might be returning, and we had some trepidation that they wouldn't want to do the campaign again," senior producer Pete Stilwell tells USG. "So we decided to give the option to jump straight to adventure mode."

To highlight its return to Nintendo platforms, Blizzard is also putting in special Zelda-themed content. The extras include the ability to transmorify gear so that it looks like Ganon's armor; Majora's Mask-inspired wings, and a cucco pet. "We had to pick one IP to go with, and we picked Zelda," Stilwell says.

Diablo 3's arrival on Switch is made more momentous by how little Blizzard has been on Nintendo platforms over the years. StarCraft 64 was ported to the Nintendo 64, and StarCraft: Ghost was slated for the Gamecube before being canceled, but otherwise its presence has been virtually nil.

The Diablo 3 Switch port has been in development for just nine months. It's being developed in conjunction with Iron Galaxy, who worked on the aforementioned Skyrim port.

On the genesis of the project, Stilwell says, "We were just having so much fun with it. Our only gripe was that it didn't have enough games for it, and we realized that we could do something about that."

Rumors of a Switch port emerged back in March after a mysterious Diablo-themed teaser hit the Internet. Blizzard quickly moved to quash the reports, but not before Eurogamer independently verified them through its own sources.

Stilwell characterizes the port as a "restart" for the two companies. In its infancy, Blizzard made games for the Super NES, making Diablo 3 a homecoming of sorts. Whatever the case, there's the sense that is the beginning of something new for the two classic powerhouse companies.

Diablo 3 on Switch doesn't have a release date yet, but it will definitely be out sometime this fall. The total package, which includes the two expansions, will cost $59.99. If you can't wait, consider checking out our Diablo 2 retrospective, which went up yesterday. And here's our original review of the 2014 PS4 and Xbox One release of Diablo 3.

If you're wondering how to get your hands on Diablo 3 for Switch's exclusive items, we've got a full guide covering how to get the Diablo 3 Switch Ganondorf armor set. Be warned, though, that you'll have to play the game for a long time to access it. We've also got a complete Diablo 3 Class guide, if you're new to the game.

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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #1 Wellman2nd 3 months ago
    I am surprised they didn't just announced this at Blizzard 's con, I guess it might have been meant for a big Direct reveal before Forbes put out the story.
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  • Avatar for Vodka-Tonic #2 Vodka-Tonic 3 months ago
    I'm willing to bet that Blizzard originally wanted to drop this at BlizzCon 2018, and dramatically reveal that it's releasing very shortly thereafter.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #3 Roto13 3 months ago
    If It was actual playable Ganon and not just a Ganondorf skin, I'd be all over it.
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  • Avatar for Kat.Bailey #4 Kat.Bailey 3 months ago
  • Avatar for SpoonyBardOL #5 SpoonyBardOL 3 months ago
    I'm gonna get this, because I've been wanting to try D3 on a console to see how it played and I decided to hedge my bets on there being a Switch version eventually, but I'm worried a lot of potential buyers will see a $60 price tag for a 6 year old game (that's not Skyrim) and just nope on by it.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #6 NiceGuyNeon 3 months ago
    It's funny, I just started a Crusader run (I love my Monk but I wanted a change of pace) and I'm digging it a lot. But I never bought Rise of the Necromancer. I say this because I COULD drop $15 to purchase that DLC or I could just buy the game on my Switch again and play as the Necro. IT IS A REASONABLE THOUGHT AND I AM MULLING IT OVER THANK YOU

    I mean, the big draw for me would be local co-op though. If the PC version had it I'd be all over it, but if I want to show off Diablo 3 to anyone I can't play with them, but I could with a Switch version!
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  • Avatar for hiptanaka #7 hiptanaka 3 months ago
    First Blizzard game on Nintendo in 15 years. That's pretty significant. Now make a new Rock n' Roll Racing!
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  • Avatar for Vodka-Tonic #8 Vodka-Tonic 3 months ago
    @Kat.Bailey In that case, I return to my annual hope that Blizzard will announce a new WarCraft game at BlizzCon. I'm a sucker for disappointment.
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  • Avatar for ted-kazynski3 #9 ted-kazynski3 3 months ago
    WOW Kat good job!!! You didn't say its "not coming and we should calm down."
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  • Avatar for Kat.Bailey #10 Kat.Bailey 3 months ago
    @ted-kazynski3 You're... mocking me, aren't you.
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  • Avatar for docexe #11 docexe 3 months ago
    So the part about them "not being that clever" was because they jumped the gun with the lamp teaser, I presume.
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  • Avatar for Azmadian #12 Azmadian 3 months ago
    I dont know if this is just a typo or you got the info wrong but Diablo 3 never released in 2011 it was 2012 cause while yes it was announced in 2011 but it was never released officially till 2012Edited August 2018 by Azmadian
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