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Does Overwatch 2 have crossplay & cross-progression?

Published: 13/Jun/2022 13:26

by Andrew Highton

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Overwatch 2 players are absolutely desperate for the game to include crossplay and a cross-progression system. Here’s everything we know about Blizzard’s plans for Overwatch 2 and the game’s platform options.

When Overwatch launched in 2016, it was made available on PC, PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One. Since then, just one new platform has joined the mix with Blizzard porting the hero shooter to the Nintendo Switch, as will Overwatch 2.

With four different communities in play and a sequel fast approaching, it’s no surprise crossplay and cross-progression are two of the most highly demanded features for Blizzard’s Overwatch 2.

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After the game’s appearance at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022, we know a lot more about Blizzard’s stance on both requested features.

Will Overwatch 2 have crossplay & cross-progression?

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Overwatch 2 now has a solid release date and is heading for the finish line.

With a release date now in the bag, Blizzard has also confirmed that Overwatch 2 will include both crossplay and cross-progression.

We’ve now gone half a decade with the original Overwatch and no such systems have ever been implemented. When the Switch version launched in 2019, former director Jeff Kaplan outlined his desire to get it off the ground.

“We would love to have crossplay and cross-progression between the Nintendo Switch and other platforms,” he said almost two years ago. While it never appeared possible in the original release, Kaplan later touched on the potential for these features in Overwatch 2.

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“If we can overcome the hurdles, we would love to bring features like that to our players someday,” he explained weeks before parting ways with Blizzard.

However, in a press release on June 12, 2022, Blizzard outlined their plans for the game, including crossplay and cross-progression, and confirmed the new additions to the game.

“Featuring a new five-versus-five multiplayer format with cross-platform play and cross-platform progressionOverwatch 2’s PvP experience is designed to offer incredible and fresh competitive gameplay with a new, free-to-play model and major game updates such as new heroes, hero reworks, maps, modes, and premium cosmetics.

How will Overwatch 2 crossplay & cross-progression work?

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Crossplay in Overwatch 2 will make finding games easy and always keep the game populated.

While it was once considered impossible, crossplay is now a popular feature that has reached many of the biggest titles over the past few years.

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From Fortnite to Call of Duty, various communities have already been able to enjoy the freedoms of crossplay, and have their gameplay be transferable across different platforms.

Crossplay

Say you have a group of friends to fill out a standard Overwatch team. As it currently stands, all six of you need to be on the same platform to play together. With the addition of crossplay, two of you could be on PC, two on Xbox, and two on the Nintendo Switch. 

Without any barriers, teams from all platforms could efficiently group together and enjoy Overwatch. No additional costs, no hoops to jump through, it could be as simple as just loading into a match, also improving matchmaking speeds.

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Without cross-progression, any limited-time skins would be left in the past if you swapped platforms.

Cross-progression

As for cross-progression, this feature would allow you to maintain a single account across platforms. For Overwatch veterans, five years of experience and cosmetic unlocks could be thrown out the window if you ever have to switch platforms.

If you’ve been a hardcore grinder on PC, you can’t suddenly move to console and expect your account to follow suit. Instead, you have to begin anew, going back to square one.

If cross-progression is ever enabled, this would no longer be a concern. You could maintain one unified account across all platforms. This would allow you to log in on any device, play some games, and continue on another down the line.

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