Blizzard has its own online gaming platform in the form of Battle.net, where players can play with each other and chat with each other, even if they’re playing different games. However with the console versions of Blizzard’s games, unfortunately those players have been closed off to the rest of the Battle.net community.
This is expected to be the same case for the recently announced Diablo 3 for the Nintendo Switch. However it seems that Blizzard is interested in exploring the idea of potential cross-platform play. In an interview with Eurogamer, Blizzard’s Pete Stilwell confirmed that Diablo 3 on the Switch will not have cross-platform support, but also stated that they are interested in pursuing that idea.
According to Stilwell, “It’s not available at this time. I wouldn’t ever take anything off the table, it’s something we’re exploring, that we’re interested in. But it is not currently a feature.” In the past cross-platform amongst consoles was rare, but in recent years we’ve started to see more companies open up to the idea.
So far quite a few major titles have received cross-platform support, such as Minecraft, Rocket League, and Fortnite, just to name a few. Whether or not Blizzard and Nintendo will ultimately bring cross-platform to Diablo 3 on the Switch remains to be seen, but hopefully they will.