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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


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.

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.

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.”

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.

Overwatch will be released for Nintendo Switch on October 15.


Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 7:08

by Michael Gwilliam


Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.