Diablo III for Switch took nine months to develop

Kotaku caught up with Blizzard producer Pete Stilwell to discuss the Switch version of Diablo 3.

Posted by Ashley King on August 18, 2018

Diablo III: Eterntal Edition for Nintendo Switch has been the biggest announcement for the console outside of E3, but a Switch version has been subtly teased since February of this year. Kotaku recently caught up with senior producer Pete Stilwell to ask him some questions about developing the action RPG title for the Switch. This will be Blizzard's first game on a Nintendo console in more than 15 years.

Kotaku asked how the porting process went for the Switch version of the game, to which Stillwell replied that the "conversion on the graphics side" was the hardest part of development. Nintendo offered assistance with troubleshooting the game and working directly with Nintendo has paved the way for future Blizzard games on the console.

“Without going beyond [the Diablo port], I think it was a good exploration into the platform and into the relationship with Nintendo that has been extremely positive, extremely healthy and forward-thinking.”

Stilwell says he hopes that the Switch version of the game will appeal to gamers who may have tried and hated the game after its 2012 launch, due to the real-money auction house feature.

“Where the game was at launch compared to where it is now, it’s light years forward.”

Will you be picking up Diablo III: Eternal Edition on Switch?


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