Following the news that Diablo III is coming to the Nintendo Switch this fall, GameInformer published an interview with Blizzard and asked the one question on everyone’s mind. No, not the Diablo III Switch release date (the exact day is still a mystery). Instead, they asked which Blizzard character belongs in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster.
The answer, from Blizzard senior producer Pete Stilwell won’t exactly come as a surprise.
“Personally, yeah, I’d love to have Diablo,” he said. “That to me is the immediate one. Then if we had over time, eventually the heroes, go through all of them…or you could go really awesome and only have Deckard Cain.”
Putting Diablo, the title character from one of Blizzard’s biggest franchises, into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate makes a lot of sense. He’s a very popular character, and would also do a good job of promoting Diablo III when it launches for Switch later this year. However, when it comes to a specific moveset, Blizzard seems more interested in Cain’s “abilities” as a Smash fighter.
“He could just whack them with the cane or put them to sleep,” said PR manager Joshua Wittge.
“Or he puts them to sleep and just slowly drags them to the edge and drops them off,” Stilwell continued. “Like really sinister Deckard Cain.”
Of course, Diablo isn’t the only franchise Blizzard owns. Why not add Sarah Kerrigan (Queen of the Zerg from Starcraft) or one of the many extremely popular heroes from Overwatch? (If Nintendo put Reinhardt in Smash Bros. Ultimate I would be so happy).
On the flip side, Blizzard also discussed how they could incorporate Nintendo’s classic characters into the Diablo series. In the upcoming Switch port you can play as Ganon, but that’s really just a skin for a pre-existing character. The company suggested that adding Bowser or “Pig Ganon” as dungeon bosses would be a fun, noting that there’s a large stable of “classic Nintendo villains” to choose from.
Of course, this is just fun speculation, even if it’s coming from actual Blizzard employees. But with Nintendo and Blizzard working together again for the first time in 15 years, it really does seem like anything is possible. Even Diablo in Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches December 7. Diablo III hits the Nintendo Switch sometime this fall.