Earlier this week, Blizzard tweeted a video of Diablo, the Lord of Terror, the Prime Evil, the Dark Lord, in the form of a nightlight being switched on and off. “Sweet dreams,” Blizzard said in the tweet.
Naturally, many of Blizzard’s followers interpreted that as a harbinger of news: “Diablo is coming to Nintendo Switch.” Because the nightlight had a switch on it. That flurry of speculation spawned two very active threads on the Nintendo Switch subreddit and the Resetera forums.
Sweet dreams. pic.twitter.com/tZvCnjjzWb— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) February 28, 2018
We contacted Blizzard last night about the tweet and it sounds like everyone should cool their jets ... for now.
“We can assure you we’re not that clever,” a spokesperson for Blizzard Entertainment said via email. “[It was] meant to be a fun community engagement piece. We have nothing to announce.”
That’s not to say that Diablo 3, the most recent entry in the franchise, won’t ever come to Nintendo Switch. Despite being released close to six years ago, the game is still very much an active project for Blizzard. The company brought Diablo 3 to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, then to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One the following year. Blizzard later updated the game for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, and it released an entirely new playable class, the Necromancer, last year. Diablo 3’s 13th season of seasonal hero play just recently kicked off, bringing with it new gear and cosmetics.
Will Diablo 3 ever come to Switch? Possibly. “We have nothing to announce” is often public relations shorthand for “We have a careful marketing rollout plan for this announcement and it will happen in due time.” Plus, Blizzard is that clever. One thing’s for sure: Blizzard just got a lot of data about potential interest in a Nintendo Switch port of Diablo 3, thanks to its tweet.
But this isn’t the first time a cute Blizzard tweet has led to speculation that didn’t pan out. In 2016, on the eve of Nintendo’s Switch reveal (when the console was still known as the “NX”), Blizzard tweeted this.
.@NintendoAmerica We see you #mario. #nx pic.twitter.com/MNEVbxvcCC— Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) October 20, 2016
We’re still waiting on that Hearthstone port, Blizzard.
It’s been a long, long time since Blizzard released a game for a Nintendo console, but since Diablo 3 seems like a pretty good fit for the platform — and everyone else is porting their games to Switch as fast as they possibly can — we’re going to hold out hope for Diablo on the go.