Blizzard Entertainment announced a new cross-play feature coming to Overwatch. With the new update, players will be able to team up with friends from any platform, whether it's PC, PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch.
In preparation for the update, Blizzard released a Developer Update video on Wednesday explaining how to set up cross-play and the details of matchmaking across platforms. The developers stated cross-play is part of their ongoing effort to connect players around the world accessibly.
Overwatch Cross-Platform Play Announced
Although Blizzard did not state a specific date for cross-play to go live, it will be coming soon. Once cross-play launches, every player who logs in to Overwatch before the end of 2021 will receive a Golden Loot Box to celebrate.
To enable cross-play, all console players must create a free Battle.net account, and link it to their console game via Account Settings. Players can find the instructions for how to do so on the FAQ page. Note that the addition of cross-play does not mean the addition of cross-progression, so players won't be able to carry over their progression from one platform to another.
To maintain fairness and balance in gameplay, Blizzard implemented specific matchmaking rules for cross-play between consoles and PC. Console players will by default match with other console players. PC players will match with PC players, and groups consisting of both PC and console players. This ensures the mouse-and-keyboard advantage of PC players doesn't tip the scales too much. These rules are for non-competitive play only; in competitive play, PC players cannot team up with console players.
The introduction of cross-play into Overwatch means it will most likely be a feature in the highly-anticipated Overwatch 2. Read more about what's to come in the sequel, including tank changes and a possible new kit for Orisa.