While the original Diablo and its much-lauded sequel are two of my favorite digital experiences, I have more of a love/hate relationship with the third installment. I bought it eagerly when it arrived, even taking a day off work to really sink my teeth into it. Within a week or so I was done. While the graphics were great and the mouse-destroying clicking was at the correct level, the ridiculous story, killing of the only character you give a shit about, and lack of any high-level content made it a bust. A couple years later the (only) expansion was released and I reluctantly crawled back in. Again I stopped after going through the new areas and leveling up a new Crusader. Eventually, however, Blizzard stumbled on the Season model where you could start a new character every few months, race to level up, with new and awesome loot to discover on the way. This hooked me pretty good and had me playing for a month or so at a time, then wait until the next season and start again. I had been doing this for quite a while until last winter when I’d had enough. Blizzard must have sensed my apathy and in a successful bid to get me playing again are going to offer Diablo 3 on Switch starting this fall.
The Switch version of Diablo III will bring much of the same to our miniature console. It will include the base game, Reaper of Souls expansion, as well as the Rise of the Necromancer add-on. The thing that really has me excited is the ability to play 4 player multiplayer locally either on a TV, between multiple Switches, or a combo of both. None of this will require an internet connection, so the kids will be able to play Diablo III on those long car rides without worrying about them hopping on my phone’s hotspot.
Other than that, not a lot to say. This is a huge AAA title heading to Switch and it makes me excited for what else we might see come to the little console that could. XCOM2 anyone? How’s about Factorio?
If you want to preorder the Switch version, they’re offering up some in-game trinkets to make your characters look cooler than all your friends. You can preorder now and be ready to play when it releases some time this fall.