Overwatch fans have long expressed an interest in cross-platform multiplayer. Having launched on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch, Blizzard had previously shown interest in supporting it, but ruled it out due to the precision advantage PC users had with keyboard-mouse controls.
However, that's about to change. Confirming the news through an official news post and video, Game Director Aaron Keller revealed cross-play support is finally coming to Overwatch. Crucially, competitive play remains specific to two pools, split between consoles and PC.
Overwatch gets cross-play
Back in June, Blizzard released cross-play for Overwatch. For console players, you'd need to setup a free account on Battle.net. Once done, you can go to account settings, click "Connections" and link your console.
Since Battle.Net is a key element of cross-play, PC players don't need to undertake this step, it's already good to go. However, PC users are unable to opt-out of cross-play as a result. While being enabled by default on Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch, console players can opt-out if you'd prefer in the settings.
Overwatch cross prgression is coming
Announced recenently, Blizzard has put out some information about setting up cross progression for Overwatch and Overwatch 2. Starting on August 16, 2022 players who have a linked console to their account will be asked to log in and identify which accounts they want to have merged. This will allow players to carry progression and in-game cosmetics to Overwatch 2.
Once the player has selected and verified which accounts to merge, Blizzard will prepare the accounts to be merged for the launch of Overwatch 2. You will only have one opportunity to merge accounts, so make sure that you double check what accounts are getting merged together! There is a handy FAQ section on this very topic so check that out if you have more questions.
And that's all we have for you! The long awaited cross-play and cross progression features being added to the game is a massive win for Overwatch players. While you're here, be sure to check out all the confirmed Overwatch 2 maps, as well as our Overwatch 2 hero tier list