Game developer Blizzard has discussed the possibility of bringing Overwatch to the Nintendo Switch. Responding to fan questions on social media, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan said that it would “very challenging” to bring the game to the new Nintendo console.
If it was released on the console, Overwatch would be just one of several major, third-party titles to come the Nintendo Switch with fantasy RPG Skyrim and basketball franchise NBA 2K also set to come to the console.
Overwatch on Nintendo Switch
In a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, Kaplan answered a question about whether Overwatch could come to the Nintendo Switch. Despite saying that he ‘loves’ the Switch, Kaplan said that getting the game on the console is “very challenging for us.” The game director added “but we’re always open minded about exploring possible platforms.”
Although Kaplan didn’t elaborate on just what the challenges are in bringing Overwatch to the Nintendo Switch, some have suggested that the Switch’s online service is a significant hurdle.
Nintendo has yet to offer many details about the Switch online service other than the fact that it will be paid for and comes with free SNES games, so it’s understandable that the Overwatch team isn’t exactly racing ahead to bring its online multiplayer game to the console.
Kaplan’s response was relatively optimistic though, and those who already play the game on PC and consoles are still holding out hope that it will be released on the Switch. Playing the game on the go would be great, they say, while others have also discussed the possibility of Nintendo-themed Overwatch skins and loot for the Switch version of the game.
Should Blizzard overcome those ‘challenges,’ Overwatch would be one of several inclusive games on the Switch. Stardew Valley will soon be released on the Switch, and that offers same-sex marriage and non-white characters and Skyrim also offers same-sex relationships and non-white characters too (both games offer playable female characters.)
With Overwatch having a gay character and a focus on inclusivity (featuring female characters and characters of different ethnicities and nationalities) it would join a group of games that already offer some or much positive representation of all Switch players.