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Blizzard give update potential of Overwatch cross-platform play

Published: 6/Sep/2019 12:10 Updated: 7/Sep/2019 14:24

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard have given an update on the potential for cross-platform play for Overwatch following the reveal of the title coming to Nintendo Switch.

It was recently announced that Overwatch will become available for another platform, with Nintendo announcing during its September 4 Nintendo Direct that the game would be coming to the popular Switch console.

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With yet another way to play Overwatch on its way, the question on many fans’ minds is whether or not players on different platforms will ever be able to play with and against each other.

Cross-platform play certainly isn’t unheard of for major titles, with the likes of Fortnite including the feature, so it’s definitely a possibility that Overwatch could follow suit at some point in the future.

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BlizzardOverwatch is coming to Nintendo Switch in October.

In the wake of the announcement, Blizzard Communications Manager Nazih Fares addressed the possibility of the feature coming with the Switch release, stating that while it’s not something they’ll be offering immediately, Blizzard are considering the possibility for the future.

“We’ve seen how compelling cross-system play can be for our community, and we’re excited about the potential.

“There’s still a lot of work to do on both our side and the platform’s side to determine whether this is something that makes sense for Overwatch, and we’re keeping an eye on how cross-play systems and technology develop.”

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Unfortunately, Fares gave no timeline for when fans might expect a more concrete update, but while it’s possible that cross-play may never come to Overwatch, it’s certainly encouraging to see Blizzard publicly confirm they’re considering it.

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If Blizzard were actively working on the feature, the soonest fans could likely expect an announcement would be BlizzCon, the annual convention at which the developers reveal major upcoming content and releases for their titles. BlizzCon is due to take place on November 1-3.

The lack of cross-play also means that veteran players wishing to try out the game on Switch will also have to start from scratch with their accounts on the console – there’s no way to access your cosmetics or player history across separate platforms.

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Overwatch will be released for Nintendo Switch on October 15.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.