The Overwatch development team has announced that the crossover game will be available on all platforms soon. Overwatch 2 director Aaron Keller announced the feature in a developer update, which announced that players will be able to add friends from and match with people on all other platforms, including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
Crossplay has been a highly requested feature since Overwatch launched in 2016, especially after it came out on Switch. Previously, PC players could only queue and play against other PC players, etc. Crossplay will allow Xbox players to play against PlayStation players, PC players and Switch players. Other popular multiplayer games, like Apex Legends, which includes cross-play between multiple consoles and PCs, so it’s understandable that Blizzard wants to bring the same feature to its popular first-person shooter.
In a developer update, Keller explained some more of the system’s features and quirks. Console players will need to create a Battle.net account and link their various console accounts to use cross-game. This feature will be enabled by default for console players, but can be disabled, while PC players cannot disable crossplay.
For most game modes, a group of console players or a single queued console player with crossplay enabled will play against other console players. A PC-only team will play against other PC players, and a team with both console and PC players. For competitive matches, parties with both PC and console players are not allowed. China is out of the cross game and will have its own matchmaking syndicate.
Unfortunately, cross-progress, where players can keep the same achievement and unlock it across multiple platforms, will Not available at launch; The development team is working on it, but there is no release window for this feature right now. Players who follow the steps to link their accounts to Battle.net by December 31, 2021 will receive a free gold loot box.