Overwatch for the Nintendo Switch Is Not Completely Ruled Out
Cernescu Andrei / 8 months ago
Nintendo’s Switch console came out a little while ago, and while it’s not exactly a powerhouse, it is relatively impressive given its portability and compactness. That being said, it’s hard to tell how well it would cope with online shooters such as Blizzard’s Overwatch, but at least according to Blizzard Entertainment’s Vice President and game director, Jeffrey Kaplan, creating a Switch version of this game is not that far-fetched of an idea. During a recent Reddit AMA, Jeffrey talked about the game’s development and revealed that the team always wanted to bring Overwatch to consoles from day one and that he even enjoyed the challenge of adapting the game for multiple platforms.
“From day 1 we wanted to be on consoles. We designed the game to be PC and console from the very start. The funny part was, we did not have a signed contract with Sony or Microsoft until very late in the process (right before we finally announced we’d be on console — Blizzcon 2015)… but we’d been working on it since 2013.
We enjoy the challenge of being on 3 platforms. It’s not too hard from a tech or design standpoint — we’re the type of people who enjoy that type of work. The thing that’s been hardest for me to adapt to is not being able to release stuff or change stuff as frequently as we could on WoW (and still keep all 3 platforms releasing on the same schedule).
For example, we’re still working on getting reporting working on consoles. It’s coming… but not as fast as we would like.”
When asked about a possible Switch version of Overwatch, he said that the team is open-minded when it comes to exploring new platforms, but this is not a confirmation in any way, just a hint that it might happen if there’s demand for it and if the technology allows it.
“I’m loving the Switch! My second favorite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting OW on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we’re always open minded about exploring possible platforms.”
Would you like to play Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch?