Overwatch Nintendo Switch release date blow: Annoying setback for Blizzard fans

Overwatch fans have been given some bad news ahead of the Nintendo Switch release date.

Following this week’s surprise Overwatch announcement for Nintendo Switch, Blizzard has revealed fresh details about the upcoming port.

Disappointingly, the Nintendo Switch version of Overwatch won’t feature cross-platform support.

Blizzard confirmed the news in a statement to Endgadget: “We’ve seen how compelling cross-system play can be for our community, and we’re excited about the potential.

“There’s still a lot of work to do on both our side and the platforms’ side to determine whether this is something that makes sense for Overwatch, and we’re keeping an eye on how cross-play systems and technology develop.”

Clearly it hasn’t been ruled out forever, but it seems certain Overwatch won’t support the function at launch.

The worst part about the news is that existing players won’t be able to transfer their unlocked items and skins over to Switch.

On the plus side, it looks like Blizzard has worked hard to deliver a stable experience on Switch.

According to Blizzard communications manager Nazih Fares, the port is being worked on by Iron Galaxy and will be locked at 30 frames-per-second.

“We worked closely with Iron Galaxy to bring the game to Switch,” Fares tweets. “They’ve been a great partner to work with in the development process.

“Overwatch runs smoothly at 30fps with outputs of 900p docked and 720p undocked.”

Announced during this week’s Direct conference, Overwatch has an October 15 release date on Nintendo Switch.

The Legendary Edition comes with five Legendary, Epic and Origin Hero skins. Purchase before December 31 and you’ll even get a Legendary Golden loot box for free.

But perhaps best of all is that Overwatch comes with a 3-month Nintendo Switch Online membership.

This means you’ll be able to play Overwatch online, and can also download those newly released SNES games.

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