Overwatch

Jeff Kaplan gives update on possibility of crossplay in Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Feb/2021 14:51

by Connor Bennett

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Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan has reiterated his team’s desire to bring crossplay to Overwatch, explaining that it’s “exciting” and “interesting” but there are hurdles to overcome. 

In the last few years, walls have started to be broken down in gaming, and players on different platforms have been able to play against each other thanks to multiplayer crossplay capabilities.

While players have demanded crossplay for pretty much every multiplayer game, it’s still in the hands of publishers and developers to make it possible. One side might want it to happen, but there are plenty of things to be taken into consideration before making it happen.

Jeff Kaplan, the lead designer on Overwatch, has previously spoken about exploring the possibility of having crossplay in Overwatch 2, and now he’s reiterated that desire.

Overwatch 2 gameplay
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Overwatch 2 will have a large PvE campaign but questions remain around PVP.

Will Overwatch 2 have crossplay?

Following the start of BlizzConline 2021, the Blizzard Vice President spoke to IGN about Overwatch 2, teasing changes to existing characters, explaining more about Overwatch 2’s story mode, and other topics.

He was again quizzed on crossplay, saying: “We are extremely supportive and excited about the concept of cross play. We love it in other games. In general, our thought is any system the game can adequately run on, and any way that people can play with their friends – even just for reasons of improving the matchmaking experience – we’re very excited about those ideas.”

While Kaplan added that his team doesn’t have anything to announce, they want cross play to happen – if they can overcome some hurdles. “We are interested in exploring it and if we can overcome the hurdles, we would love to bring a feature like that to our players someday,” he added.

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New maps have been revealed for Overwatch 2 – but will they come with crossplay?

Crossplay being in Overwatch 2 would no doubt delight the fans who have wanted it since Overwatch first launched, but it is a fine line to walk.

Mixing the PC and console player pools causes plenty of issues and can cause splits in the community. This has been prevalent in games like Call of Duty and Fortnite where PC players have complained about features like aim assist.

It also gives cheaters the chance to ruin the experience for console players, given hacks and cheats are more prevalent on PC.

Pokemon

Pokemon community goes nuts after possible Let’s Go Sinnoh hint

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:46

by Brent Koepp

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A viral tweet from The Pokemon Company sent fans of the Game Freak RPG into a frenzy after some believed it was a hint about the long-rumored Diamond & Pearl remakes. Is the Sinnoh reimagining a Let’s Go sequel?

Over the last two years, rumors about a Diamond & Pearl remake have been inescapable. As we inch closer to Pokemon Day on February 27, the hype surrounding the 2006 titles has never been greater, as many believe the project to be a foregone conclusion.

A social media post from The Pokemon Company’s official Twitter account, however, had fans worried that the Gen IV reimagining would be a Let’s Go release instead. The panic became such a frenzy that Sinnoh began trending on Twitter worldwide.

Screenshot of shocked Pikachu from Pokemon Lets Go Eevee & Pikachu.
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Pokemon fans were shocked when an official tweet used Let’s Go and Sinnoh in the same sentence.

Sinnoh tweet sparks panic from Pokemon fans

In 2018, Game Freak reimagined the Kanto region in the form of Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee. The Nintendo Switch titles removed Wild Area battles and put a greater emphasis on catch mechanics. The RPG was meant to draw in Pokemon Go players to the mainline series. The project has been divisive as some fans argue its difficulty was too easy.

The community was shocked then when the official Pokemon Twitter account tweeted out a 25th-anniversary countdown message on February 23 that referred to both Diamond & Pearl and Let’s Go in the same sentence. “Let’s go, Sinnoh! Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup are preparing for #PokemonDay—it’s only 4 days away!”

While the social media post could have been purely coincidental, the phrasing of “Let’s go” immediately caught the eye of fans who believed it to be a reference to the 2018 Gen I remakes. As a result, #Sinnoh immediately began to trend on the platform as the tweet quickly went viral.

“Please don’t be let’s go. Please don’t be let’s go. Please don’t be let’s go,” a player wrote in reaction. “That doesn’t sound like remakes it sounds like a gen 4 let’s go oh no,” another user jokingly replied. Other fans panicked over the social media post. “NO, you WILL NOT. Listen here, if you guys decide to turn this game into a let’s go remake instead of a true remaster I WILL CRY PLEASE NO,” someone else said. One follower even exclaimed, “This remake better not be a sh**ty let’s go game. If it’s a let’s go game, you just wasted this remake.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans in a frenzy over Pokemon Sinnoh Lets Go tweet.

Adding fuel to the fire, it was also discovered on February 23 that Nintendo had gotten a new certificate for the Poke Ball Plus peripheral released for the Let’s Go titles in 2018. While it’s not uncommon for companies to update recertification, user ‘Pixelpar’ pointed out that it also had testing done for the controller. “Periodic testing needs to be done (at a minimum) once per year. If a material change is made then the production batch needs retesting. This means it’s either a reprint or a new version,” they explained.

Popular rumor account Centro Pokemon commented on the frenzy, stating that they still expect a traditional Diamond & Pearl remake. “It’s funny to see the Pokémon community panic, however, our expectations remain the same; we don’t expect DP remakes to be a ‘Let’s Go’ game.” The publication then wrote, “However, Let’s Go is not dead. It will likely come back in the future, maybe in a much different way than you’re expecting.”

So what’s to make of all this? We know that in January, Nintendo created a Diamond & Pearl subdomain, and set it live for a few minutes before disabling it after fans discovered it. On February 22, there was a leak claiming a Let’s Go sequel was going to be announced alongside a Gen IV remake. Although updated reports claimed to debunk that. All signs point towards some form of a Sinnoh title in the works.

The new murmurings of Let’s Go can not be ignored, however. At the end of the day, fans should just drop expectations. In fact, expect nothing at all – that way, there is no disappointment. The 25th anniversary is only a few days away at this point, so we will soon find out what Game Freak is actually working on. The rumors and hype have gotten so out of control that it’s best to take everything with a grain of salt until we get an official announcement

One thing is for certain though – many in the community do not want Diamond & Pearl to be a Let’s Go release. While the 2018 switch titles were divisive, to say the least, it appears a lot of fans would rather have a mainline RPG similar to Sword & Shield rather than the catch-oriented projects. Just the slight mention of its title next to Sinnoh was enough to cause panic. Pokemon Day is going to be one heck of a ride, that is for sure