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Diablo III – Eternal Collection

Diablo III Eternal Collection

Yesterday, Business Insider reported that cross-platform play was all but a sure thing for Diablo III. The publication received a comment from a representative who stated: “It’s a question of when, not if.”

One day later, the situation has flipped completely. Blizzard has now sent out a new statement in which it says that there are no plans for cross-platform play with Diablo III.

Diablo III Eternal Collection

Diablo III Eternal Collection will launch on November 2, according to listings on the Switch eShop. Pages in both North America and Europe show the new date. Previously, Blizzard announced that Diablo III Eternal Collection would land on Switch this fall.

Diablo III Eternal Collection takes up 13.3GB of space on Switch. Pre-load is live via the eShop.

Source: Switch eShop

Peculiarly, Target’s website lists the release date of the Switch version of Diablo III as November 2, leading to a lot of speculation. Every other retailer has a placeholder date of December 21, the last day of Fall 2018. Adding to the intrigue, November 2 is the first day of BlizzCon. Releasing a Diablo game on a handheld for the first time could be a very exciting way for Blizzard to kick off its annual event.

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At PAX West 2018, Diablo III Eternal Collection is playable and GameXplain captured some direct-feed footage. Watch 10 minutes of gameplay below.

GameSpot recently spoke with Diablo III Eternal Collection producer Pete Stilwell and associate producer Matt Cederquist about all things Switch. The two discussed how the system’s various features make it “the next evolution”, Diablo III’s tech specs on the platform, scrapped touch controls, and more.

Stilwell first had this to say about Switch and what it brings to the table for Diablo III:

Diablo III Eternal Collection

Having Diablo III on Switch was something that Blizzard and Nintendo were both mutually interested in. The team at Blizzard wanted to make it happen after playing the system so much, and the Big N was apparently “pumped” to see it happen.

Blizzard associate producer Matthew Cederquist told Game Informer:

Diablo III: Eternal Collection

At Gamescom 2018, Nintendo recorded a gameplay video that shows off Diablo III Eternal Collection on Switch. Take a look at the footage below.

Around the end of last year, we started to see Switch games that required an extra download for their physical version. That means even if you bought the title on a cartridge, you still needed to grab extra data in order to play or have the full experience.

With Diablo III – Eternal Collection on Switch, this is something you won’t have to worry about. Blizzard has confirmed that all of the data and content will be included on the cartridge – no extra data required. This was somewhat expected after we saw the game’s boxart, which didn’t include any sort of notice about an additional download. Still, the confirmation is good to have.


Diablo III: Eternal Collection

Diablo III Eternal Collection supports a wide variety of controller options. A group of people can play with three Switch Pro Controllers and a single Joy-Con. It also supports a configuration such as two Joy-Con on a single Switch in tabletop mode. Basically, pretty much every natural possibility you can think of works here.

When playing with a single Joy-Con, you’re able to roll by flicking the controller in a quick motion, which Game Informer says is “surprisingly reactive and accurate”. This movement is normally handled by the right analog stick.

As an extra tidbit, Diablo III will feature voice chat support with the Nintendo Switch Online app.


Diablo III Eternal Collection

Blizzard will finally return to Nintendo consoles when Diablo III Eternal Collection makes its debut later this year. But how did the project start in any case? GameSpot posed that question to senior producer Pete Stilwell, and learned about why there was interest in bringing Diablo III to Switch.

Stilwell told the site:

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