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‘Overwatch 2’ launch still planned for Nintendo Switch but ‘some compromises’ on visual enhancements are expected

From the “Overwatch 2” cinematic announcement trailer | Photo credit: PlayOverwatch / YouTube screenshot

Many of the anticipated improvements in “Overwatch 2” are possible, thanks to the more advanced hardware recently made available through the latest PlayStation, Xbox, and PC products. While the upcoming game is confirmed to launch on Nintendo Switch, Blizzard confirmed its users should expect “some compromises.”

Overwatch 2’: What Nintendo Switch users should expect

Interaction with the “Overwatch 2” developers in an AMA session on Reddit during the franchise’s fifth anniversary recently resurfaced (via The Gamer), shedding more light on what Nintendo Switch users can expect. While Blizzard confirmed that the sequel is definitely being developed for the console, the developer was also transparent about the compromises Nintendo fans should expect.

Reddit user Overwatch2Fan cited the demonstrated new rendering methods and more detailed visuals Blizzard has previously shown and wondered how the Nintendo Switch can cope with them. Technical director John Lafleur said the “Overwatch 2” engine offers “more high-end features” and that the studio is aiming to deliver the best experience on all systems where the game is launching.

“Switch is a little more challenging than some, and we'll have to make some compromises there,” Lafleur said. “For that reason, some of the higher end visual enhancements might not be visible.” On the bright side, Blizzard promised to deliver “all of the gameplay-related features” in “Overwatch 2” to the Nintendo Switch system.

Blizzard has had several presentations detailing the improvements currently in the works for “Overwatch 2” since its announcement in 2019. The developer provided glimpses of the redesigns planned for the game’s characters. Blizzard is employing new shaders and lighting technologies, allowing the studio to make the heroes’ appearances look more detailed.

Blizzard eyes simultaneous multi-platform launch for ‘Overwatch 2’

Aside from Nintendo Switch, “Overwatch 2” is also coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One with very likely backward compatibility (if not a full version) with PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. During the same AMA session, Blizzard’s lead software engineer Bill Warnecke said they are aiming to release the game on these platforms simultaneously in all regions but also noted potential “blockers” may prevent it from happening.

The first game went live on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on the same day in 2016, while the Switch port arrived in 2019. “Overwatch 2” does not have a release date yet, but it appears unlikely to happen in 2021.

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