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Overwatch on Nintendo Switch: Release date leaked ahead of Nintendo Direct

Published: 4/Sep/2019 14:45 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 12:27

by Miguel Lozada


A leak has confirmed rumors that Overwatch will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, revealing the release date that was set to be announced at the September 4 Nintendo Direct stream.

Blizzard’s popular hero shooter has been available on PS4, Xbox One and PC since 2016, and with Nintendo acquiring more and more established games for their Switch, Overwatch was an obvious choice.

The first hints that Overwatch was coming to Switch came from retail leaks, but Kotaku has reported that they have confirmed these rumors as accurate on September 4 – ahead of the Nintendo direct conference.

BlizzardOverwatch will apparently be playable on Nintendo Switch in October.

A thread on ResetEra has shared a retail listing for upcoming Nintendo Switch releases, with their launch dates alongside, and Kotaku say they have confirmed these dates with two sources.

When is Overwatch coming to Nintendo Switch?

The leak reveals that Overwatch will release for Nintendo Switch on October 18, 2019. This is only a few days after the Switch release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, another highly anticipated port.

NintendoOverwatch will join Witcher 3 with a Nintendo Switch release in October.

The official announcement of Overwatch on the Switch is expected to be in the Nintendo Direct livestream at 3PM PST / 6PM EST / 11PM BST.

Kotaku also expects there to be more news on this and other plans for the future of Overwatch at BlizzCon in November, although by then the Switch release will already be available if these leaked dates are accurate.

If you’re a Nintendo player who’s new to Overwatch, it’s an exciting prospect as there is currently a very limited selection of hero shooters available on the console.

The only alternative is Paladins, but Overwatch provides a very different type of gameplay, with a slightly more competitive edge. Professional Overwatch, played on the PC, is one of the biggest esports in the world, and getting a taste of that on the Switch device should be a treat. 

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch will be fresh experience for Switch players if you’ve never tried it before.

It remains to be seen how well optimized it will be though, considering The Witcher 3, for example, is expected to take some major performance hits, expected on the smaller device. Overwatch is one of the best-optimized games on PC’s though, so hopefully, Blizzard can work their magic again for Switch.

This wouldn’t be the first Blizzard title ported to Nintendo’s newest console. In 2018, the company released Diablo III: Eternal Collection with some special exclusive items such as a Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set.

It will be fun to see if Blizzard includes exclusive skins for Overwatch characters based on Nintendo IPs when the game launches.


Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
Blizzard Entertainment
Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.