It's been a wild two days for Nintendo Switch owners, but now the word is official: Diablo III is coming to Nintendo Switch. That's right, the fabled Nintendo/Blizzard team-up has finally happened. While it doesn't confirm Overwatch or Hearthstone for console, it does mean that Nintendo fans will be getting the full version of Diablo III, complete with expansions and even exclusive Zelda-themed items.
The official announcement came from a trailer released earlier today. In it, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime confirms that the game will be a complete package– Diablo III proper, the Reaper Of Souls expansion, and the Rise Of The Necromancer DLC. It will release sometime in Fall 2018, and will contain special in-game items exclusive to the Switch version. This would all be very exciting news, if it was't leaked yesterday.
Apparently someone over at Forbes got the announcement date mixed up, because an article detailing Diablo III on Switch with all of its content dropped on the Forbes site yesterday. It was quickly taken down, but not before someone on the Nintendo Switch subreddit managed to screen-capture the whole thing. Though some still doubted the article, using the classic "anything can be Photoshopped" criticism, Kotaku backed it up with a story of its own.
So even before the trailer launched, excited fans knew all of the details. The game will cost $59.99 and feature flexible four-player co-op. Warriors can team-up on the same Switch, through different Switches in the same room, online, or any combination of the three. It will run at 60fps, 960p docked and 720p undocked. As for the exclusive items, they will be a Tri-Force portrait frame, a Cucco pet, and armor that makes a character look like Ganondorf. That's probably the coolest add-on.
Someone at Forbes is going to be in trouble for letting all that slip. While that's unfortunate for them, the Nintendo fandom has cause for celebration. Not only is this another major third-party developer hopping on the Switch train, but it's one that hasn't put a game on a Nintendo console in over a decade. The devil might be coming to Switch, but the system's future couldn't look any brighter.