Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Overwatch 2 will still switch, but Blizzard will have to make “some compromises”


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Since the system came out in 2017, it has been an uphill battle for developers to port the next generation of games to the Switch.

Although we have seen some “impossible” ports, such as The Witcher 3 with doom, Usually studios must seriously consider launching and running certain games on Nintendo’s hybrid hardware.To that moment Overwatch 2 Unsurprisingly, it will not be any different.In the same period 5th Anniversary Reddit AMA Together with the Overwatch team at the end of May, expressed concern about the upcoming version of the Switch iteration and whether it will be released.

In response, Blizzard’s technical director John Lafleur admitted that the Switch version proved to be “more challenging” than other versions, and there must be at least “some components” to get the game into the system. This is the complete exchange:

problem: Some of the changes and new features of Overwatch 2 seem incredible, such as higher details, new ways to render eyes and hair, and one that I particularly remember in game trailers and Rio missions, the giant in the sky Empty sector ship.Now, all these changes look great, but as a pure switch player, I’m starting to worry that the switch will just [not] Able to cope with these upgrades. PvP may run more smoothly (there are only 9 other heroes on the screen, maybe a BOB, 5v5 change). Is the game still planned to be released in Nintendo Switch, and if so, what compromises must be made (I expect they will be released mainly in PvE.

Developer response: With the advancement of hardware since the launch of Overwatch, we are expanding the OW2 engine and adding more high-end features. However, we are also working hard to ensure that all our platforms have the best experience, even in PvE. Switch is more challenging than some, and we have to make some compromises there. For this reason, some higher-end visual enhancements may not be visible there. We will focus on ensuring that all game-related functions are entered first, and then highlight additional functions as much as possible.

Fortunately, for the Switch, Overwatch 2 has been confirmed to run on the same (but upgraded) engine as the original version-so we have at least some Ideas of what the sequel should look like. It will also allow players in the two games to play PVP mode with each other.

At the same time-this makes us wonder how other If it is a more demanding game, all aspects of the sequel will stand up on the Switch. Performance is a big topic, the original title is about 30fps-many people think this is not enough for competitive shooting games. Most importantly, it now supports cross-play.

What are your thoughts on Blizzard production including starting and running “Overwatch 2” on the Switch? Is this a game you are interested in playing on this particular system? Leave a comment below.