Just last month, Blizzard announced that they would be launching some great new features for Overwatch in the near future. They have just announced that their big hero shooter game will have multiplayer across platforms between all its platforms. There are warnings about competitive games and input types and attempts to keep the playing field of course. The point, however, is that you can soon group yourself with your console friends.
For PC people, crossover sounds like a pretty hassle-free change. If you play Overwatch on PC, you already have a Battle.net account. Console players must create one, or connect the existing one to their console account. Once done, it will allow you to invite them to group together for matchmaking. Game director Aaron Keller goes into a couple of examples here in Blizzard̵
Basically, it boils down to only letting PC gamers match console players when console people explicitly choose to do so. By default, conosle people will only match with other console players. They also have the ability to disable cross-play, but PC players do not. PC people will be matched with a mix of console and PC gamers by default. As another important note, console players will have their target assistant disabled when matching with PC gamers.
This does not apply to competitive matchmaking pools, which will keep PC and console people separate, even PC gamers who use a gamepad. Blizzard breaks down the rest of the how and what about and everything in their cross-play FAQ post.
Cross-progression, however, is not part of this update. “We understand that this feature is important to some of you, and it’s something the Overwatch team is excited to work on in the future,” Keller said in the announcement.
This is also related to Blizzard’s announcement today of their latest update to Battle.net. The service is global, says Blizz, which means you do not have to change regions to connect with friends who live on the other side of the planet.
Blizzard says that cross-play will start in a beta phase, and that “The Overwatch development team will monitor feedback and will look at making improvements to the feature in the future.” Cross-play will be available between on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S.
In case you had not heard, Overwatch 2 will change the formula with 5v5 matches and one tank less when it starts.