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Is Overwatch 2 Cross Platform?

Is Overwatch 2 Cross Platform?
Blizzard Entertainment

Written by 

Katie Memmott

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23rd Jun 2021 15:07

Blizzard Entertainment’s iconic shooter will soon welcome its sequel in the form of Overwatch 2, and while original Overwatch players are enjoying the fruits of the newly introduced Cross-Play beta, those waiting for OW2 may be wondering if the same feature will be available upon release for them.

Cross-Play in Overwatch allows players to play with their friends across multiple platforms and is powered by Battle.net, which will now require you to create an account to play the game. This isn’t all experimentation without rewards, however, as everyone who logs in to Overwatch by the end of 2021 will receive a Golden Loot Box to celebrate.

Is Overwatch 2 Cross Platform?

For those planning on playing with their mates across platforms (such as console and PC) for Overwatch 2, given the news that Overwatch and Overwatch 2 players will be able to play online together, it seems likely that cross-platform play will also be available.

Overwatch 2 will focus primarily on PvE content, including Hero Missions, and not wholly on multiplayer PvP modes. In a strange twist (for a sequel), new characters and multiplayer modes introduced within Overwatch 2 will also be launched in the original Overwatch as well.

Crossplay and cross platform for Overwatch 2 has yet to be confirmed, but given the new Overwatch Cross-Play Beta, it’s more than likely that this will also be a feature of the Blizzard sequel.

Will Overwatch 2 have crossplay?

While some players aren’t keen on crossplay in games, citing that it’s unfair to mix console and PC players, some enjoy it. Topics like aim assist on console and cheating/hacking on PC come up time and time again when crossplay is whispered about online.

Speaking to IGN at BlizzConline 2021, Vice President of Blizzard Entertainment and Game Director of Overwatch Jeff Kaplan explained a little more about the possibility of crossplay being introduced to Overwatch 2 saying “we are extremely supportive and excited about the concept of cross-play. We love it in other games. In general, our thought is any system the game can adequately run on, and any way that people can play with their friends – even just for reasons of improving the matchmaking experience – we’re very excited about those ideas.”

 

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