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Since the launch of the game in 2015, Overwatch players have requested cross-platform support. It’s also easy to see why. Overwatch lives among the hugely popular multiplayer shooters like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Paladins: Champions of the Realm that support cross-play. Overwatch still doesn’t support cross-platform play, which is highly unlikely. However, the next generation of consoles and Overwatch 2 offer some hope for the future.
Let’s start by eliminating the bad news: No, Overwatch is not cross-platform. The official page of Blizzard says that all players live in “separate ecosystems, such as Xbox Live, PSN, Nintendo Switch Online, and Battle.net. Therefore, cross-progression is also not supported. If you own a game on Battle.net and want to play on Switch, you’ll need to start from scratch.
Recently, more and more games are receiving support for cross-platform multiplayer. Which allows owners of different platforms to meet each other in matches on unified servers. In an interview with Games reporters, Overwatch Development Lead Jeff Kaplan shared his opinion on crossplay, and as it turned out, he is with both hands to ensure that this feature is supported by as many projects as possible.
“Fortnite and PUBG have recently made a huge impact on games with their support for cross-platform multiplayer that spans PCs, consoles, and mobile devices. The cross-platform experience, especially in social games or games with constant pumping, is very exciting,” said Jeff Kaplan. “I hope to see platforms open up and embrace as many opportunities for players as possible. Technology and desire exist. It will be beneficial for everyone to open platforms and connect players. Therefore, I hope for more cross-platform opportunities.”
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It is noteworthy that a few years ago, before the launch of Overwatch, Blizzard said it had no plans to cross-play between platforms. Then, the reason was called imbalance due to different gaming devices.
Microsoft is eager to support the idea of cross-play (some games can be played directly on Xbox One, PC, mobile devices, and Nintendo Switch). While Sony is not ready to put up with cross-platform play between PlayStation 4 and other companies’ consoles. Last year, Epic Games, a staunch supporter of crossplay, “accidentally” launched the feature in Fortnite between PS4 and Xbox One on several occasions, but quickly turned it off as it was against Sony policy.