Is Blizzard teasing the release of Diablo 3 on Nintendo Switch?
Before we jump into things, I want to get this out of the way. We’re about to base speculation on a relatively unassuming (albeit random) tweet that Blizzard made the other day. But given Blizzard’s history of teasing and penchant for ARG, the speculation I’m about to make doesn’t actually feel all that crazy. The tweet in question is just the words, “Sweet dreams” with a six-second video of a Diablo nightlight being turned on and off.
What’s drawing so much attention to the tweet is the fact that the nightlight is being turned off, then on, then off and on one more time. It’s being turned off via a light switch. One might say it’s being switched on and off. See where I’m going with this?
Sweet dreams. pic.twitter.com/tZvCnjjzWb
— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) February 28, 2018
Yes, it could be nothing. It could be a cool way to promote some Diablo merchandise. But look deep into your heart and ask yourself if you really think the above tweet isn’t alluding to something beyond what’s actually shown. I find it doubtful Blizzard would have tweeted this without knowing full well what fansites would assume from it. And in that case, making the tweet with no intention of a Switch release would be fairly foolhardy to do.
Not to mention, Diablo 3 is one of Blizzard’s best-selling games. The Switch is Nintendo’s best-selling console. Third-party support for the platform has only grown and grown as the Switch’s popularity continues to climb. Taking Diablo on the go with you and even playing local co-op without needing to share screen space would be a win no matter how you look at it.
Plus, Diablo’s graphics aren’t exactly pushing the boundaries of systems. The Switch could easily handle the game without any slow-down. Heck, the Switch plays the newest DOOM at a consistent 30 frames per second. I think it can handle Diablo. Wrap all of that up with the fact that Nintendo’s paid online services are slated for September and you have yourself some pretty solid reasoning for Blizzard to invest development time in a Switch port.
Of course, like I said, this is all speculation. It’s your call whether or not you want to believe it. That said, I’d love to know if Switch owners would pick up a copy of the game, were it to arrive on the handheld/console hybrid. I have it for PC already, and I still think I’d grab it purely for the portability. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait too long to find out more.
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