Blizzard Entertainment Announced Diablo III Nintendo Switch

UPDATE Aug 17: The Diablo III: Eternal Collection Nintendo Switch pre-orders are now open — with a release date slated for December 21, 2018. This, however, might be a placeholder date. Nintendo will officially launch the Nintendo Switch Online service in September 2018. Earlier, Blizzard said they plan to launch in 2018, so either way it’s just a matter of time. Grab yours while supplies last.
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Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced Diablo III Nintendo Switch under the title Diablo III: Eternal Conflict — which includes Diablo III, the Reaper of Souls expansion, and the Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer pack for $59.99.

Diablo III Nintendo Switch will also include in-game bonus items such as the Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, the Tri-Force portrait frame, Echoes of the Mask cosmetic wings, and a chicken pet (which sounds like another Legend of Zelda nod).

Diablo III: Eternal Conflict Nintendo Switch is slated to ship within 2018. No further details yet. However, Nintendo plans to launch the Nintendo Switch Online service on September 2018. That’s a pretty good idea when more or less.

Blizzard Entertainment plans to hold a Diablo event at GamesCom 2018, as seen in the schedule app. Blizzplanet’s correspondent Handclaw will be there. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for GamesCom updates.

The Diablo III Nintendo Switch rumor was born after Blizzard Entertainment posted (via Twitter) the message saying “Sweet Dreams,” alongside an enigmatic image of a Diablo-shaped night-light plug. The short animated GIF showed the action of switching the light on. Hence: Diablo III Nintendo Switch.

On March 8, I posted an article (analyzing a job opening) titled: “How to Detect if Diablo III Nintendo Switch is Real?”.

 

DIABLO III: ETERNAL COLLECTION NINTENDO SWITCH

Diablo III Nintendo Switch

The definitive version of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed Diablo® III is coming to the Nintendo Switch! The Diablo III Eternal Collection™ includes the original Diablo III, the critically-acclaimed Reaper of Souls® expansion, the Rise of the Necromancer® pack, all content updates and console-specific features, an assortment of bonus items exclusive to Nintendo Switch, and a lifetime’s worth of adventure.

Diablo III on the Nintendo Switch takes full advantage of the console’s flexibility and versatility with multiple intuitive and ultra-responsive controller configuration options. Whether you prefer dual-wielding Joy-Cons, sitting elbow-to-elbow on the couch with your friends using a single Joy-Con each, or entering the fray armed with a Pro Controller, you’ll be able to slay your way. Up to four players can embark on grand cooperative crusades to cleanse Sanctuary—side by side in front of a single Nintendo Switch screen or linking multiple consoles together wirelessly.

  • The Ultimate Action RPG: Experience the five-act campaign spanning the lore-rich and demon-infested world of Sanctuary or forge your own stories in the endlessly replayable Adventure Mode

  • A Treasure Trove of Content: Includes Diablo III, the Reaper of Souls expansion, the Necromancer Pack, and many more content updates including Kanai’s Cube, Challenge Rifts, and the recently unveiled Themed Seasons

  • Vanquish Evil as Seven Powerful Character Classes: Play as the Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard; as well as Diablo’s newest playable hero, the fan-favorite Necromancer

  • Collect Awe-Inspiring Loot: Grow in power as you gather powerful tools of destruction from the shattered remains of your enemies, including Ancient Items, Powerful Sets, and Legendaries

  • Choose Your Weapon: Supports multiple Joy-Con configurations as well as the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

  • Slay Anytime, Anywhere: Portability of the Nintendo Switch platform is a perfect fit for Diablo:

    • Four players can take on the Lords of Hell on a single Nintendo Switch
    • Link up to four Nintendo Switch consoles wirelessly; no Internet connection required
    • Online play available through the Nintendo Switch Online service
    • Nintendo Switch Online cloud saving support for save data and character progress

     

  • Nintendo Switch Exclusive Bonus Items: The Diablo III Eternal Collection on Nintendo Switch includes the Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, Tri-Force portrait frame, Cucco pet, and Echoes of the Mask cosmetic wings.

For more details about Diablo III Eternal Collection, visit www.diablo3.com/switch

DIABLO® III ETERNAL COLLECTION™ BRINGS THE LEGENDARY ACTION RPG TO NINTENDO SWITCH®

The definitive version of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed Diablo III includes all the features and content from every expansion and update as well as bonus items exclusive to Nintendo Switch

IRVINE, Calif.—August 16, 2018—The minions of Hell have grown unfathomably strong since Diablo® 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 Collection™ 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 Necromancer® 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-Con™ 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.



* Nintendo Account required. Online services and features, including online play, are free until the paid Nintendo Switch Online Service launches in September 2018.

** Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.

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