Blizzard Entertainment is bringing cross-platform play to Overwatch, a long-requested replace that may allow multiplayer between Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Cross-play in Overwatch is powered by the most recent replace to Battle.internet, Blizzard’s on-line multiplayer infrastructure, the sport developer mentioned Wednesday.
Overwatch can be playable by way of backward compatibility on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and these gamers can even be welcomed into the hero shooter’s new cross-play future.
To participate in Overwatch’s cross-play function, gamers should have a Battle.internet account and hyperlink it to their console accounts on PlayStation, Switch, or Xbox. The international replace additionally merges Battle.internet mates lists from completely different territories (excluding China) right into a unified checklist, Blizzard mentioned, “so players no longer need to switch regions in Battle.net just to play with buddies on the other side of the planet.”
In truth, Blizzard mentioned in an FAQ, with the addition of cross-play, all Overwatch gamers will want to arrange a Battle.internet account or join to an current Battle.internet account to play the sport, no matter whether or not or not they need to partake in cross-play.
Blizzard additionally mentioned that cross-play help for Overwatch won’t imply cross-progression. Your stage and cosmetics gained’t carry over between platforms.
Cross-play shall be obtainable in all Overwatch recreation modes, however Blizzard is limiting how cross-play works within the recreation’s Competitive mode. Players on console shall be matched with one another, whereas PC gamers will solely be matched with different PC gamers when taking part in aggressive mode. Overwatch gamers shall be ready to choose out of cross-play, however they’ll solely be matched with different gamers who’ve opted out, lowering the pool of obtainable matches.
Overwatch’s cross-play beta will launch “soon,” Blizzard mentioned, on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Windows PC, and Xbox.
Blizzard is presently making Overwatch 2. The sequel will function a bigger emphasis on cooperative PvE play, will introduce a brand new recreation mode, and will shake up staff sizes and compositions. It can even welcome a brand new hero to the roster, Sojourn.