As Diablo 3 fans are awaiting the game's highly anticipated launch on 02 November 2018, Blizzard may have additional exciting news as the company announced that cross-play is a matter of when, not if, and Microsoft and Sony know this.
Blizzard's representative said this while talking to Business Insider, which would indeed suggest that the process is well underway. Even though nothing is official as of yet, Blizzard are working with Sony and Microsoft to greenlight the Switch, the report states.
Now, the phrasing suggests that Microsoft and Sony are already onboard for Diablo 3 cross-play on their consoles, leaving only Nintendo to add to the fray. That scenario would surely give Diablo 3 a new lease of life, since this five years old game is available on two generations of consoles, in addition to the PC and Mac.
Sony have recently buckled under pressure by the general public and Epic Games, finally allowing for Fortnite cross-play and while the company said they're considering the path forward, nothing is definitive at this moment. However, it's widely expected that Sony will only keep softening its stance on cooperation with other platforms.
In the same interview where he crushed the hopes of The Elder Scrolls fans who have been hoping for more news on the VI, Bethesda's Pete Hines discussed cross-play and said he's "most heartened" by Sony's response. He quoted Todd Howard as saying that he hopes games will soon become like movies, freely enjoyed across platforms, which may be the only instance of us agreeing with good ol' Todd these days.
Blizzard have traditionally been more PC oriented, but Diablo 3 going for cross-play does make us wonder whether the company would consider other games for the same treatment. Granted, Overwatch would probably be too infuriatingly unfair for console players to enjoy, but the option would still be cool, would it not?
Blizzard's Diablo 3 launches on Nintendo's Switch on 02 November 2018, which by the way is more than six years from the original launch on PC.
You can find Business Insider's piece here.