‘Diablo III’ For Nintendo Switch May Not Be Cross-Platform After All
What a bummer. Just as I was starting to get excited and wanting to buy Blizzard’s Diablo III, it is now being reported that the game will not feature cross-platform play.
At some point, a Blizzard Entertainment representative had spoken to a member of Business Insider and were quoted as saying, “It’s a matter of when, not if”. As BI points out, this would have been a huge deal for fans of the game. I was excited, and I had never even played Diablo (my roommate still thinks that’s absurd). I can only imagine the fans cheering for this feature.
The following statement was recently made by another Blizzard representative:
“While we love the idea of bringing our players together across platforms, we do not have any plans to implement cross-platform gameplay for Diablo at this time.”
What we can take away from this new statement is that cross-platform is not completely off the table. Since Diablo III is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 2nd, 2018, it’s unlikely now that they’ll release it with cross-platform play. However, “at this time”, and Blizzard’s apparent desire to include cross-platform play would suggest that the feature may be added in a later patch. Although the question of when is up in the air. Thankfully, looking back at the “when, not if” statement, it would seem that Blizzard does intend to add it at some point. So why not on it’s release date? As of right now, that seems to be undetermined.
Blizzard’s decision on cross-platform play with Diablo III could be a deal-breaker for potential buyers. While the Nintendo Switch’s sales have been a great success, there are still many people who don’t own one or intend to buy one in the near-future. This means that the potential buyers for Diablo III on Switch now have to consider the fact they may not be able to team up with their friends playing on other platforms. The game supports Clans, teams of users who would go on raids together. However, if your main Clan is playing on any platform besides Nintendo’s, you’re out of luck if you want to join up with them.
On the other hand, there is the Switch’s on-the-go capability to possibly persuade Diablo III fans to make the purchase after all. If Blizzard allows you to log in with your existing profile, you could separate temporarily from your team but keep playing while you’re out and about. But I can’t confirm that Blizzard will allow accounts from other platforms. It would be good though, especially if you can carry over your items and experience gained from the Switch to the next platform.
Hopefully Blizzard hasn’t shot themselves in the foot with this decision. And we can all hope they’ll bring the feature in at a later date. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Half the fun of these popular games is to find players from all sorts of platforms and be able to join them in the gameplay. Otherwise, Diablo III on the Nintendo Switch could look a little bare.
What are your thoughts on Blizzard’s new statement? Will it affect your purchasing decision? Sound off in the comments below.