Overwatch director is opened to porting the shooter to the Nintendo Switch, but it’ll be “very challenging”

By Kin Boon on Mar 15, 2017

Image credit: Engadget
Image credit: Engadget

When the concept of Nintendo Switch was introduced to the general public last year, there were many ongoing discussions on what kind of games would fit the hybrid console. Blizzard’s Overwatch was expectedly one of the hot favorites, and even more so after the Switch was launched two weeks ago. This sentiment was echoed by Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, as he shared that the development team was “always open minded about exploring possible platforms.” With that said, he also mentioned that it would be “very challenging” to port the hero shooter to the Nintendo Switch.

“I'm loving the Switch!” said Kaplan. “My second favourite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting Overwatch on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we're always open minded about exploring possibly platforms.”

The so-called challenge might allude to many things, including the fact that the Nintendo Switch is not as powerful as other major platforms in the current generation of consoles. However, it shouldn’t be a major issue of its own, as Overwatch runs pretty well on low-spec systems. Another possible deterrent for Blizzard to make the port is the Switch’s online service, which might not work well with the game’s multiplayer setup.

Either way, we definitely hope Blizzard will be up for the challenge, just because the prospect of a portable Overwatch sounds very exciting. And this will also be a major third-party support for the Switch, which will boost Nintendo’s hopes of preventing Wii-U’s failures on their revolutionary console.

Source: Nintendo Insider

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