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The Popularity of the Nintendo Switch

Since the release of the Nintendo Switch in 2017, and it’s following success, many popular games have transitioned to the platform. Fortnite, Rocket League, Skyrim, and The Witcher 3 are just a few examples of well-liked games ported onto the Switch. These changes have left Overwatch fans wondering if the FPS will make the change alongside the other titles.

Overwatch Themed Switch Carrying Case

People are more excited than ever for the possible Switch release after an accessory maker on Amazon briefly leaked an Overwatch-themed carrying case for the console. The case is simple, black and orange with the official Overwatch logo on the front. Most importantly, the product listed that it was “officially licensed by Nintendo and Blizzard Entertainment.” The case was taken off Amazon quickly, but not before someone was able to save the images.

Blizzard has yet to announce Overwatch for the Switch, but it’s not out of the question. The Diablo 3 Eternal Collection made the jump to the portable console in 2018, which means we may see the fan-favorite FPS on the Switch soon.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan loves the Switch. While this doesn’t bolster our chances of seeing Overwatch on the console, it certainly doesn’t hurt them. In a Reddit AMA thread, Kaplan stated: “I’m loving the Switch! My second favorite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting OW on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we’re always open-minded about exploring possible platforms.”

The Inevitability of the Switch

Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch Courtesy of Dexerto

At this point, if it’s possible to get a game on the Switch, it will almost certainly be there. This fact, pared along with Activision not releasing a ton of new games at the moment, puts a lot of stress on older titles to produce income for the company. What better way to do that then release old titles on a new platform? Not only does this method bring new players to the game, but it also guarantees devoted players picking up a copy of the game on the portable console.

On the technical side, this change of platforms offers new struggles. We would certainly need separate matchmaking because playing with Joy-Cons isn’t going to match up with Xbox One or PS4. Overwatch also heavily depends on high framerates for the gameplay to work correctly. Luckily, the graphic style is scalable for lower-power systems such as the Switch.

Assuming it’s within the realm of possibility, I’m sure we’ll be seeing Overwatch on the Switch in the near future.