No, Blizzard is Not Planning on Bringing Diablo III to Nintendo Switch at This Time [UPDATED]

Despite swirling rumors, Blizzard has no plans to port Diablo III to Nintendo Switch -- despite a tweet that misled hopeful fans.

on March 6, 2018 7:35 AM

Assuming you’ve read the title before clicking, I’m sure everyone is thinking one thing: who thought this was going to happen? You may be surprised, with nearly 12,000 people in the dedicated /r/NintendoSwitch Reddit community upvoting a speculative Twitter post that may have, when stretched at its thinnest, inferred that it was a possibility. But after a minor furor and spark of interest in the Nintendo Switch and Diablo III community, it doesn’t seem like that partnership is in the works.

But before I get ahead of myself — where did this rumor come from? Funnily enough, the noise started with Blizzard’s official Twitter account that tweeted what seemed like a mysterious teaser:

Now, where does the Nintendo Switch fit into this tweet? Port conspiracy theorists noted how the tweet highlights a video of a prominent Diablo III enemy and the hand is “switching” the night light on and off. The conclusion for many was that this was an obvious teaser that Diablo III in some form would be making it to Nintendo Switch.

And while the speculation burst off the charts, gaming publication Polygon did the legwork and asked Blizzard what precisely the tweet meant. In an email, a Blizzard representative said:

“We can assure you we’re not that clever. [It was] meant to be a fun community engagement piece. We have nothing to announce.”

That’s not to say the idea of a Diablo III port would have been entirely outside the realm of possibility. Though the game is most prominently played on current generation consoles and PC, many forget the dungeon crawling title did also release on PS3 and Xbox 360 meaning it should technically be compatible for the Switch.

Update: And it seems like Blizzard’s official statement may not be the end-all, be-all for a Diablo III port on Nintendo Switch. Early this morning, publication Eurogamer reached out to unnamed sources who confirmed that a port of Diablo III is in production. However, the sources couldn’t confirm whether the port would include the major expansions released — including Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer.

With conflicting statements from different sources, it is always difficult to see where the truth is. We have reached out to our contacts at Blizzard for further clarification on the two statements.

With that said, Blizzard Entertainment has done nothing particularly to lead people to believe they are supporting the Nintendo Switch anytime soon. While many have speculated that Hearthstone may be the first title to make the port over to the handheld home console, they have repeatedly denied plans to bring the free-to-play card game to the Switch.

Of course, those looking to play Diablo III can do so on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and last generation console.

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Lou Contaldi is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers, specializing in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.