Amazon Leak Hints At Possible Overwatch Switch Port, But In A Roundabout Way
It's all speculation for now but the clues are lining up.
Overwatch may be coming to another platform: Nintendo Switch. Though there's been no confirmation or official indication by Blizzard, a leak of a related product on Amazon could suggest an announcement is coming soon.
Reset Era user Lady Bow discovered an Amazon listing for an Overwatch-themed Switch protection case. The listing has since been pulled, so we've reached out to the supposed creators of the case, PowerA, and Overwatch developer Blizzard, to determine its authenticity.
Alone, this might be very little. But in an interview with GameSpot last year, Blizzard senior producer Pete Stilwell said that the studio used the process of porting Diablo III to Switch as an opportunity to familiarize itself with the capabilities of Nintendo's current hardware. At the time, Stilwell was adamant that Blizzard came away from the experience deciding to only work on a Switch port for Diablo III. However, he did go on to say that a Switch port for Overwatch is "feasible," unlike StarCraft II.
An Overwatch-themed Switch case might be made without a port--especially since Amazon has a history of leaking products by listing tie-ins early--but it's also totally possible. The leak could also just be fake, so take our speculation with a grain of salt. However, these clues do seem to at least suggest it's possible Blizzard might be getting ready to announce a new Overwatch Switch port at BlizzCon 2019. The next most opportune venue for a big announcement such as this would be BlizzCon 2019, which is scheduled to begin on November 1. That's just close enough that Blizzard may have already reached out to third-party vendors like PowerA to begin production on a Switch case to go with the new port.
Or maybe Nintendo will just announce that Tracer is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Who knows?
Overwatch is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. In GameSpot's Overwatch review, Mike Mahardy wrote, "Overwatch encourages a more tangible sort of progression: that of filling a critical role on your team and understanding its intricacies the more you play, adapt, and grow. There is a genuine learning process here. There is real value to the time you spend understanding these overlapping systems. It's that intoxicating path of discovery that makes Overwatch so varied, so rewarding, and ultimately another seminal release from developer Blizzard. Overwatch is an intelligent cascade of disparate ideas, supporting one another, pouring into one another, and coiling around themselves as they flow into the brilliant shooter underneath."
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