Among the many high-profile releases out this week is Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo 2: Resurrected. As a remaster of the classic action RPG looter, it sports improved visuals, 4K resolution support and several quality of life features. All this and it doesn’t replace the original game like Warcraft 3: Reforged. But for as good as it’s looked on other platforms, how does it hold up on the Nintendo Switch?
It’s an important question since the Switch was the only platform to not be included in the recent open beta. But speaking to VentureBeat, principal designer Rob Gallerani said that’s it’s running “like butter.” “I like playing it in the undocked portable mode. But yeah, with all of our consoles, we built them for that experience. We didn’t want it to feel like we just ported a PC game to the console. We wanted it to be what was right for that console. We’ve taken a lot of things into consideration with the Switch, especially if you play it in portable mode. Everything is a lot tinier. Just the overall attention to things like, how big is the font? How are things laid out on the screen? Those are all things that had to cater to that device to play up its strengths.”
Lead graphics engineer Kevin Todisco continued: “Same goes for a lot of the 3D visuals. It’s tailoring the experience for that smaller screen, the handheld screen that can be swapped out for a larger screen if you dock the console. With every platform we make sure that we tailor the technology to give the best experience on that particular platform. The Switch version is very good. I think people are going to enjoy it, being able to take it on the go for the first time.”
As far as the Xbox Series X/S and PS5 versions go, the development team wanted them to look “the best they possibly can.” “It’s all about pretty graphics. We want them to look the best they possibly can, to represent those platforms, and also perform likewise. I think people are going to be happy with the next-gen versions of the game giving them the best visual experience we can possibly give them.”
Diablo 2: Resurrected releases on September 23rd and will be available for Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Nintendo Switch.
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