Blizzard’s colorful action-shooter, Overwatch, has already had a busy year, with two new heroes, the creative workshop for people to make custom games, and the new role queue system. Now they’ve announced that Overwatch will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on 15 October 2019.
The obvious benefit to this port is that players will be able to hop into a quick match (or a competitive match if you’re really sure your Wi-Fi connection is good) while on the go – on the subway, in the bank, at the mall, wherever. But what’s even more exciting is that the Nintendo Switch port of Overwatch will give players a different way to play the game.
In the Switch version of the game players will be able to use motion controls – and yes, they are optional. So, you don’t have to use them if you don’t want to. The motion controls will let you tilt the Switch or the controller to assist with aiming, but you can also detach the Joy-Con and use it to aim like the old Wii controller. Playing in this way will give Overwatch players a completely different experience while playing the game – and that’s amazing.
We’re unlikely to see any cross-system play for the Nintendo Switch any time soon, but it is something that the Overwatch team have said they find compelling and are excited about the potential of. There’s still a lot of work to be done to make cross-system play a reality, so it’s best to just put it out of your mind for now.
The Overwatch: Legendary Edition is already available for pre-purchase and it will set you back $39.99. With that purchase you’ll also get the Noire Widowmaker skin that players who pre-purchased the game on PC originally got, you’ll get a Golden Loot Box with one guaranteed legendary skin, and you’ll get five additional Legendary skins, 5 Epic skins and 5 Origin skins.
A final cherry on top, but maybe also a bit of a catch, you’ll get a Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership for free for three months. You won’t be able to play the game online, which is really the only way to play, without a subscription. So, if you’re keen to keep playing past the three months, you’re going to be paying.