Diablo III for the Nintendo Switch is the first Blizzard game for a Nintendo console in 15 years, so gamers may already be thinking of the possibility of other Blizzard titles, such as Overwatch and StarCraft II, on the hybrid console.
After months of rumors, Diablo III on Nintendo Switch was leaked and later confirmed. What are the chances that Overwatch and StarCraft II will also arrive to the platform?
'Overwatch' On Nintendo Switch Is 'Feasible'
In April 2017, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan said that while it was not impossible, it would be difficult to bring the multiplayer shooter to the Nintendo Switch. Issues include the need to rework the game to run well on the hybrid console and that it is already challenging to maintain Overwatch on three platforms to think about adding a fourth one.
Blizzard senior producer Pete Stilwell, however, appeared to be more optimistic about the chances of Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch while speaking to GameSpot about bringing Diablo III to the hybrid console.
"Anything is within the realm of possibility," Stilwell said when asked about bringing Overwatch to the Nintendo Switch. "Our team was given the task to work on this. If [Overwatch developer] Team 4 picks up that endeavour, that's on them. As of right now Diablo is our only focus on Switch."
When asked if he thinks Overwatch would be able to run properly on the Nintendo Switch, Stilwell gave gamers more hope that the port will happen someday.
"Yes, it is feasible," he said.
It does not look like Overwatch for the Nintendo Switch is already in the works. However, with Blizzard thinking that the hybrid console will able to support the game and with interest from players who would love to play the hero shooter on a mobile platform, it may just be a matter of time before Overwatch on Nintendo Switch happens.
'StarCraft II' On Nintendo Switch Is More Challenging
StarCraft II for the Nintendo Switch, however, looks like a more challenging task for Blizzard.
Stilwell explained that with StarCraft 64, the Nintendo 64 version of the original StarCraft, the game was changed to make it properly work on the console. With StarCraft II requiring even more dexterity from players in using a mouse and keyboard, it would be very difficult to port the game to the Nintendo Switch and may require changes to its core gameplay.
The StarCraft franchise turned 20 years old this year, but it appears that StarCraft II on Nintendo Switch will not be part of the celebrations.