Nintendo Switch owners now have more information about what it would take to bring Overwatch to the the console thanks to the game's director, Jeff Kaplan. Jeff has always been a very loquacious man, so it's not surprising that he has now revisited his earlier comments about bringing the team-based shooter to the Nintendo Switch. He expanded on why porting the game over would be technically difficult, detailing that the studio would have to both revisit the game's performance metrics and find a way to minimize its impact on simultaneous patching.
I think the problem is, we've really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform. Also, it's already challenging right now maintaining three platforms and patching simultaneously, which is something that we've finally been able to achieve.
Kaplan explained that while the studio has full control when patching on the PC, consoles are a different beast entirely - each patch has to comply with both the individual Microsoft and Sony standards, and adding Nintendo into this mix would further complicate a release schedule which Blizzard has now figured out how to stay ahead of. Overwatch patches are currently released simultaneously across all platforms, but adding the third console would bring a lot of complexity to the table for the developers.
Despite this, Kaplan has stated that he's always very open-minded about what platform Overwatch could release for:
Just because we're not on a platform right now, it doesn't mean we won't reconsider it in the future, so we stay aware of all these things.
The popular Overwatch director has stated he's a massive fan of the Nintendo Switch, though it seems like technical limitations will keep what would undoubtedly be one of its most popular third party games at bay for the time being. Nintendo fans made it abundantly clear that they'd love to have Overwatch on the portable console, but the ball is firmly in Blizzard's court in regards making it happen.
The company would have to invest some serious the time and money to figure out how to bring down the game's minimum specifications for Switch, which is something that needs to happen if Overwatch is to become playable on Nintendo's portable console. It's a big ask, but as Kaplan stated, Blizzard won't be officially ruling it out.
Do you think Overwatch will eventually find its way over to the Nintendo Switch, Ranters?
Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.