28 Jun 2021 11:37 AM +00:00

Overwatch 2 Will Have "Some Compromises" On Nintendo Switch

Blizzard has confirmed that Overwatch 2's Nintendo Switch edition will feature "some compromises" to get it running. As spotted by TheGamer, a Reddit AMA took place last month with the Overwatch development team and during this, Reddit user Overwatch2Fan asked if the sequel's still coming to Switch.

Taking on this question, technical director John Lafleur advised it is, starting off by calling it a "great question". However, he then confirmed the Switch is "more challenging than some" platforms to develop for, saying "some compromises" will be made to get it running.

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Overwatch 2 Will Have "Some Compromises" On Nintendo Switch

Specifically, Lafleur confirmed:

As hardware has advanced since the launch of Overwatch, we are extending the OW2 engine with more high-end features. However, we're also working hard to make sure all of our platforms get the best experience, even in PvE. Switch is a little more challenging than some, and we'll have to make some compromises there.
For that reason, some of the higher end visual enhancements might not be visible, there. We'll focus on making sure all of the gameplay-related features get in, first, and then accentuate with additional features as much as possible.

While a rumoured Switch Pro model didn't materialise during E3 as expected, it's likely that on a base Switch, Overwatch 2 will run at 30fps like its predecessor. Undeniably, that puts players at a disadvantage compared to rival platforms with 60fps performance, particularly if you activate crossplay.

Elsewhere, Blizzard has given us a closer look at their anticipated sequel recently. Between creative director Aaron Keller outlining their post-launch plans, five new maps, a shift to 5v5 teams and new map variants, we'll keep you informed with new developments.