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Five years ago, Blizzard said it had "without plansfor cross-platform gaming on Overwatch, warning that "mixing mouse / keyboard and controller can have balance and competitiveness issues." Two years later, attitudes had changed a bit and game director Jeff Kaplan said that he “expected more platform opportunities,” to help “bring players together,” even though there was still no real movement on that front.
Soon, that will change. Today, in a surprise announcement, Blizzard said that a beta test of cross-games will soon arrive at Overwatch that will allow players from all platforms (PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch) to get together and play together. To participate, download the latest version Battle.net upgrade it (or create an account if you don't already have one), go to the settings and link the console accounts to it. The update has also combined lists of friends from different territories, so you can play with people from other parts of the world without having to change regions first. (However, China is excluded and will remain its own independent region.)
The announcement of the beta version of Overwatch crossplay also effectively confirms that it will be a feature Overwatch 2 too. Blizzard recently revealed some major PvP changes to Overwatch 2, including a reduction in game size from 6v6 to 5v5 and restrictions on team composition, but cross-game support had not yet been confirmed. Now we know!
As an added bonus, anyone who links their accounts and logs into Overwatch at the end of the year will receive a Golden Loot Box to mark the launch of the crossplay version. No release date has been set yet, but you can learn more Frequently asked questions about crossplay overwatch.