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Overwatch • Nov 05, 2018

Overwatch Director talks about the possibility of cross-platform play

Overwatch Director talks about the possibility of cross-platform play
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During BlizzCon last weekend, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan spoke in several different interviews about the possibility of cross-platform play coming to Overwatch.

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In an interview with Eurogamer, Kaplan said his team was excited with what they had seen other games do with cross-play, "We're super-excited about what's going on with cross-play in all sorts of different games, from Rocket League to Fortnite."

Kaplan said the Overwatch team is, "constantly in discussions with the first-parties, Microsoft and Sony, to see where they're at and gauge where their temperature is at."

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In an interview with moderators for Reddit's Overwatch subreddit, Kaplan said what Fortnite did with crossplay was huge. "Fortnite’s been a real breakthrough, and I hope everybody realizes Fortnite fighting the battles they’ve been fighting benefits all players throughout the world."

But he also acknowledged the challenges that come with trying to implement cross-play. "It's very complicated - from a technology standpoint, a game design standpoint, and from a business relationship standpoint. But we would be excited to tackle all of those challenges; we would love to try," Kaplan shared in the Eurogamer interview.

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So it seems like Overwatch cross-platform play is certainly a possibility, but when players could expect to see the feature is still probably quite a ways away.

Kaplan also revealed Overwatch's newest hero: Ashe, during the BlizzCon opening ceremony, and in a Developer Update on November 5, informed players she would be coming to the PTR that same day.

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