Overwatch cross-play confirmed for consoles and PC but there is a problem

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Overwatch – everyone will be able to play together (pic: Blizzard)

Blizzard has announced that cross-play is finally coming to all consoles, including PlayStation, but you can still opt out if you want.

It’s been around for over five years now, but Overwatch is only now getting a cross-play option, allowing anyone to play anyone else, no matter what format they own.

That means that whether you own an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 or PC you can all end up in the same game together.

There is a catch though, and that’s the fact that there’s no cross-progression. So if you wanted to take this as an opportunity to switch formats you’ll have to start your whole Overwatch career again from scratch.

To use cross-play, console gamers will need to create Battle.net account and link it to the one for their console. Although this is explained in detail on Blizzard’s website.

Since many players worry that PC owners have an unfair advantage with the use of a keyboard and mouse (not to mention cheat mods) competitive games will be split between PC and a separate pool containing all console gamers.

Console and PC owners can mingle in non-competitive modes, but you’ve still got a choice to stick to console-only or PC-only if you want. Or even just people with your own console, if you really don’t like the idea of cross-play at all.

The final issue is that there’s no launch date yet for the cross-play option, although Blizzard has said it’ll be before the end of season 28 – which is expected to be the first week of July. Cross-progression might also happen after that, but Blizzard has given no hint as to exactly when.

To encourage people to try out the option Blizzard are giving out a golden loot box to anyone that logs into the game by the end of 2021, so no rush there.

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