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‘Overwatch’ on Switch Won’t Have Cross-Play or Progression

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The world needs heroes. But only ones with Switches.

Blizzard’s hero-based team shooter, Overwatch, will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch on October 15th. According to the game’s director, Jeff Kaplan, they’ve wanted Overwatch on the Switch for pretty much as long as the Switch has been a thing. Now that wish is getting granted, but unfortunately, there’s a few caveats.

According to details about the Switch port that Blizzard released on Friday, there are three major things people need to be aware of. First and foremost, the Switch port will, in the company’s own words, exist within its own ecosystem. In laymen’s terms, that means no cross-play and no cross-progression. So if you already own a different version and were planning to double dip for the Switch port, you’re not going to be able to access your existing Blizzard account. No Legendary skins from the start for you.

Secondly, in order to accommodate the Switch’s reduced hardware capability, the game will run at 30 FPS. While the Switch is in its dock, you’ll get 900p visuals, and while playing handheld, you’ll get 720p.

Finally, in case you were hoping that Diablo III amiibo was going to do something for you, we have some bad news: Overwatch will not have amiibo support of any kind, nor is any planned for the future.

So yeah, these are a bit of a bummer, especially if you already have an account with stuff unlocked. Still, if you haven’t played Overwatch yet and don’t mind sacrificing some visuals for portability, it’s still the same fun game. The physical release comes with a download code for the game and a voucher good for three months of Nintendo Switch Online. If you log in before the end of the year, you’ll get a free golden loot box with at least one Legendary skin. Hopefully, it’ll be for someone you play, unlike that time I got two Legendary Torbjorn skins…