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Overwatch could come to the Nintendo Switch sooner than you think

Published: 31/Aug/2019 18:58 Updated: 31/Aug/2019 19:13

by Bill Cooney

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According to leakers, a new Nintendo Direct might be coming as soon as next week and could have some big news in store for Overwatch fans.

Nintendo Directs are usually when the publisher announces big changes, updates or new content for its games and platforms.

Now, a new rumor alluded to by well-known Nintendo leakers Emily Rogers and Sabi on August 30, claims that a Direct could happen next week, if the leaks are to be believed.

“Hmm, Emily Rogers saying direct is next week. Could it be…?” Sabi wrote on Twitter, setting off another firestorm of speculation. 

Overwatch for Switch confirmed?

One of the biggest rumors floating around the Nintendo and Overwatch communities lately is the possibility of Overwatch being ported to the Nintendo Switch.

Blizzard has worked with Nintendo to bring Diablo to the system, and an Overwatch-themed Nintendo Switch case was briefly listed on Amazon last week only increased the speculation.

AmazonThe Overwatch Switch case, before it was removed from Amazon.

Having an Overwatch-themed case for a system that you can’t even play the game on doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, so the case leak has become the most convincing piece of evidence that Overwatch will eventually be headed to Switch.

Nintendo and Blizzard have a history of working together (remember StarCraft for the Nintendo 64?) so releasing Overwatch on Switch would make a a lot of sense, and finally make the “Mobile Overwatch” meme a reality.

BlizzardYou could soon be playing Tracer on the go, if the rumors are true.

What about an Overwatch character in Smash?

Another rumor that has resurfaced along with the Switch speculation is the possibility of an Overwatch character coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Rumors started on 4chan (which should be taken with a grain of salt) have teased a new female character with a “mecha” coming to Smash, but haven’t gotten any more specific than that.

The “leaks” from 4chan about a new character coming to Smash soon.

Whether or not Overwatch is coming to Switch, an Overwatch character is headed to Smash, or if there will be a Nintendo Direct next week at all is unknown, but all the evidence seems to point to something coming soon.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”