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Diablo 3 Cross-Platform Possibilities & Future?

Diablo 3 Cross-Platform

In 2012 Blizzard Entertainment released a new sequel of one of their most popular video games, Diablo. The game set a new record as a “fastest-selling PC game,” with over 3.5 million sold copies within the first 24 hours. This was the third installment in the Diablo franchise, and the idea was for players to see what happened with their favorite characters 20 years later. Players could play as one of the seven-character classes – Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Necromancer, Witchdoctor, or a Wizard. As in Diablo II, the point was to find and defeat the Lord of Terror, Diablo.

As aforementioned, the game was firstly published in 2012 for Windows and OS X devices. In the following year, the game was published for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One got their Diablo III version in 2014. The final version for Nintendo Switch was released in 2018.

There were several expansion packs for the game as well. The first one, Reaper of Souls, was released in 2014 for PC. Consoles got their expansion pack in the same year under the name Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. In 2017 was published another expansion, The Rise of Necromancer, for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Another extension, Diablo III: Eternal Collection, was released in 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and in 2018 for Nintendo Switch.

Since players can use so many platforms to play Diablo III, logically, there was a question about cross-platform playing. Is it possible for two players to play together if they have a different console? Let’s see.

Diablo 3 cross-platform possibilities

The game was released with a multiplayer option like Diablo II before. Both of the players need to be connected to the Internet. Players are able to drop in and out of sessions of cooperative play with other gamers. Playing with other players is possible using Blizzard’s https://us.shop.battle.net/en-us service. However, it’s likely only if both of the players are using the same platform. Despite the game being released for seven different platforms – PC, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, there is still no option to play the game cross-platform in 2021.

As per Blizzard’s support, playing the game cross-platform is not an option. Yet, it’s taken into consideration since the game has many players, and it would be so much funnier if you could join and play with players you haven’t had a chance to meet yet since they are using a different console.

Many of the new video games, such as Minecraft, for example, support cross-platform. Based on that, we believe that Blizzard wouldn’t like to lose their gamers, and they will work on establishing the cross-platform possibility for Diablo. Not having this option makes games look old and undesirable.

If you have a game on your PC and want to move it to a console in order to be able to join multiplayer gaming with other players, it’s also not possible. One of the reasons for such a thing is that the game itself has different features when you play on PC and, for example, Xbox. Another explanation is that the keyboard cannot be compared to joypads, and that’s the reason for not enabling cross-platform play.

However, even there are two players with consoles such as Switch and PlayStation 4, they still cannot play together. And here, there is no “keyboard excuse.”

What you can do, you can move your character from an older version of the console to a newer version. And that way, you can join other players that are using this same newer console. That is the only way for you to experience a little bit of cross-platform gaming. However, it would still mean that you need to get a newer version of the console.

As per everything we’ve read so far, the company has no official plans to enable cross-platform playing for Diablo 3 in the near future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Diablo 3 a cross-platform game?

Unfortunately, at the of writing this post, the diablo 3 video game doesn’t come with cross-platform support across Windows PC, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch.

Will there be cross-play support for Diablo 3 in the future?

Well, some time back there were some rumors suggesting Blizzard is working on adding cross-play support to the game. Once this happens, Diablo 3 would become one of the best ports to the Switch.

Is it possible to send a chat message without a recipient to a Diablo 3 user on another device?

No, you can’t send a chat message to a user playing the game on another Diablo 3 supported device. As of now, limited messaging is allowed between Diablo 3 users playing the game on the same gaming console. 

More answers regarding Diablo 3 can be found on Blizzard’s support website. https://us.battle.net/support/en/games/diablo3

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Marom is a senior writer at WIRED specialising on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. A former technology correspondent for Slate, she was also a staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and ASU. Additionally her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics. She is a New Yorker who calls the city home.
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