Blizzard Entertainment brings games across platforms to Overwatch, a long-awaited update that enables multiplayer between Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Cross play in Overwatch is powered by the latest update to Battle.net, Blizzard’s online multiplayer infrastructure, the game developer said Wednesday.
Overwatch can also be played via backward compatibility on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and these players will also be welcomed in the hero shooter’s new cross-play future.
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In fact, Blizzard said in a FAQ, all with cross-play Overwatch players will need to create a Battle.net account or connect to an existing Battle.net account to play the game, whether they want to participate in cross-play or not.
Blizzard also said that cross-play support for Overwatch does not mean cross-progression. Your level and cosmetics are not transferred between platforms.
Cross-play will be available in all Overwatch game modes, but Blizzard limits how cross-play works in the game’s competitive mode. Players on the console are matched with each other, while PC players are only matched with other PC players when playing competition mode. Overwatch players will be able to opt out of cross-play, but they will only be matched with other players who have opted out, reducing the pool of available matches.
OverwatchThe cross-play beta will be launched “soon”, Blizzard said on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Windows PC and Xbox. Game director Aaron Keller offered further details on cross-play in a developer update video Wednesday, which you can see above.
Blizzard is currently making Overwatch 2. The sequel will place greater emphasis on collaborative PvE play, introduce a new game mode, and will shake team sizes and compositions. It will also welcome a new brand to the list, stay.