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Blizzard 'super happy' with how Diablo III: Eternal Collection turned out, says it's "not ridiculous' to assume more Nintendo collabs are coming

LOST VIKINGS 3, PLEASE

Many fans were surprised to see Nintendo and Blizzard team up for Diablo III: Eternal Collection, as Blizzard hadn't done anything for Nintendo platforms in years. In an interview with GamesBeat, Blizzard boss J. Allen Brack talks about how the collaboration went.

GamesBeat: Speaking to platforms, you released Diablo III on Switch not too long ago. I really enjoyed that version. What was it like to work with Nintendo on that? Are you happy with how that came out?

Brack: We’re super-happy. Nintendo’s been a great partner. We’re a fan of that platform, a fan of Nintendo, a fan of the Nintendo IP, a fan of the Switch. It’s a really good platform and it’s really fun to play on. Different games have come about that are good experiences. Part of it is Nintendo love, plus thinking that the Diablo experience would be great on that platform. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I loved it.

That's all well and good, but what about some other collaborations with Nintendo and Blizzard? Could they have more content on the way? Here's what Brack had to say on that front.

Brack: It’s not ridiculous. We’d like to have — we think of it as another platform. It has some unique properties that the Xbox and Sony platforms don’t have. Thinking about what games make sense for that type of console is something we’ll never stop doing.

Diablo III: Eternal Collection updated to Version 2.6.5, Season 17 launching this week, full patch notes shared

Lots to do in Diablo III

Diablo III: Eternal Collection has gotten an update, bringing it up to Version 2.6.5. You can check out the full patch notes for this update below.

Torment 14, 15, and 16 have been added to the game
Reward and difficulty levels of all new Torments closely match Greater Rift 65, 70, and 75 respectively
Portals left behind by Treasure Goblins may occasionally lead somewhere udderly ridiculous
Using an Ancient or Primal Puzzle Ring in Kanai’s Cube will produce a new result
Party portraits now display if a player’s Cheat Death buff has been recently used (PC Only)
When a boss is killed in a Nephalem Rift, a permanent ping will mark the location of the boss’ death until the Rift is closed
The Boss Notification screen has received a rework (PC Only)
The Greater Rift Notification screen has received a rework (PC Only)
The Greater Rift Completion screen has received a rework (PC Only)
Matchmaking no longer prevents players from joining a game while a Greater Rift is already in progress
Players who join the game will still be unable to join a Greater Rift in progress
The progress bar for a Greater Rift is now visible to all players in the game, regardless of whether they are participating in the Rift or not
Challenge Rifts
The amount of Death's Breath rewarded by completing a Challenge Rift has been increased

Full details here and specifics on Season 17 here

Diablo III: Season 16 and new patch are live

Season 16 begins January 18 and accompanies our latest Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about upcoming class set tweaks, quality of life changes, and a brand-new Seasonal buff that’s sure to make Season 16 grand!

Season 16 introduces a brand-new buff to the mix that will change up the way you play. For the duration of Season 16, all Seasonal players will benefit from the legendary power of the Ring of Royal Grandeur. This means you do not need to hunt down or equip the item to benefit from its Set bonus-enabling ability! Bear in mind that this buff does not stack with additional Rings of Royal Grandeur, whether they be equipped directly on your character or via the Jewelry slot in Kanai’s Cube.

For the uninitiated, this means many classes may be able to combine different Class Set bonuses in new ways—or squeeze yet another Legendary power into their favorite builds. Theorycrafters unite!—this is the season to strut your stuff, experiment to your heart’s content, and push the limits of your most perfectly crafted build. While we’ve done our own experimenting, we can’t wait to see what the community comes up with in Season 16!

Full details here

Diablo III: Eternal Edition - Unlocking Royal Calf and Butcher

This is part of an event that only lasts until Feb. 1st, 2019. Get in there and unlock this content while you still can!

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Diablo III: Eternal Edition - 'The Darkening of Tristram' event footage

Your journey begins on the trail of a group of mysterious cultists causing trouble in Sanctuary. As you hunt them down in Adventure Mode, you’ll uncover clues leading to a portal into Tristram’s past, and the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago. . . .

'The Darkening of Tristram' event available in Diablo III: Eternal Collection today

Diablo’s anniversary is right around the corner, along with the Darkening of Tristram event! Whether you’re a series veteran craving nostalgia, or a newcomer hungry for your first taste of the franchise’s past, this annual loving homage to the earliest days of Diablo is for you.

Read on for more, including a closer look at the anniversary dungeon and its unique rewards.

Stop the Cultists

Your journey begins on the trail of a group of mysterious cultists causing trouble in Sanctuary. As you hunt them down in Adventure Mode, you’ll uncover clues leading to a portal into Tristram’s past, and the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago. . . .

Explore the Cathedral

Follow the clues and you’ll soon find yourself in a realm of glorious RetroVision™, where an all-too-familiar cathedral looms. Explore the depths and you’ll discover familiar enemies and iconic items, all brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Meanwhile, deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord himself awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him. . . .

Discover Precious Loot

What is a Diablo game without shiny new loot to call your own? Completing activities in the anniversary event yields unique transmogrification effects, achievements, portraits, pets, and more.

While some rewards are easy to find, others may have you scouring every nook or unlocking every achievement before you can get your hands on them. Can you earn them all? There’s only one way to find out!

Your Journey Begins…

Exclusive rewards and challenging enemies await you, but they won’t last forever! The cultists have begun appearing since December 31 at 4 p.m. PST, and the portal opens January 3 at the same hour. Both parts of the event end January 31 at 4 p.m. PST.

Enter the dungeon, reap your rewards, and survive the evils within—or die in the process, never to be heard from again. . . .

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Blizzard dev says Switch is the 'ideal platform' for Diablo III

Diablo III: Eternal Collection came out for Switch awhile ago in NA/EU, but the game just launched for Switch in Japan today. To coincide with the launch, Blizzard devs have been doing the interview rounds in Japan. One of those interviews features Matt Cederquist, the producer of Diablo III: Eternal Collection.

In an interview Cerderquist called the Switch the “most ideal platform” for Diablo III. He also stated that he was very grateful to work with Nintendo on a variety of things related to the project. Cerderquist wrapped things up by thanking fans for their support, and asking for Japanese players to offer up their feedback on the experience.

Diablo 3 - Loot Goblin amiibo unboxing

We unbox the GameStop exclusive Diablo III Loot Goblin amiibo! See how he looks up-close in this unboxing video!

Diablo III: Eternal Collection - 'On the go!' commercial

Whether you’re stuck in traffic, out for a walk, or have some downtime between classes – raise some hell anytime, anywhere with Diablo III: Eternal Collection on Nintendo Switch!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

IGN Linked Together: Diablo III: Eternal Collection - Taking Down the Butcher Is Intense On Switch

In this episode of Linked Together, Brian and Zach are outdoors again in beautiful San Francisco to pay a not so quick visit with the Butcher in Diablo III: Eternal Collection for the Nintendo Switch.