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Overwatch Nintendo Switch: FPS, resolution and cross-platform play?

Published: 5/Sep/2019 15:13 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 16:22

by Matt Porter

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Activision Blizzard Communications Manager Nazih Fares has revealed the framerate and resolution for the Nintendo Switch port of popular hero FPS game Overwatch

Nintendo officially announced that Overwatch would be coming to their popular Switch console during a Direct presentation on Wednesday, September 4, confirming rumors that had spread about the game’s arrival on the platform.

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Little was made public about the technical capabilities the Overwatch port of the Switch will be able to perform, but Fares gave fans a peak at what they can expect in a series of tweets.

BlizzardOverwatch will head to a handheld console for the first time.

When asked if Overwatch would run at 60 frames-per-second on Nintendo Switch, the Communications Manager confirmed that would not be the case, and also stated that 1080p resolution also wouldn’t be supported either in docked or handheld mode.

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“Overwatch runs smoothly at 30 FPS,” wrote Fares on Twitter, “with outputs of 900p docked, and 720p undocked.”

We may see cross-platform play for the game, though, with Fares stating that they have “seen how compelling cross-system play can be for our community, and we’re excited about the potential.”

He concluded: “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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How cross-platform play would work between the Switch and other consoles remains to be seen, as both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game run at 60FPS, giving players on those machines a distinct advantage in graphics quality over their Nintendo brethren.

It would seem unlikely that Switch and PC players would cross-play, as the advantage between those on a controller and those using keyboard and mouse, especially on a high-octane game like Overwatch, would give computer owners a huge leg up on their opposition.

The hero shooter is set for release on Nintendo Switch in October, so fans of the game won’t have long to wait before they can see how it performs on the console with their own eyes.

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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.