Blizzard has announced that a Cross-Play beta is coming to Overwatch soon, so players can team up whether they’re on a PC, PlayStation, Xbox or Switch.
Cross-Play beta is available thanks to the new global Battle.net update, which also merges friend lists from different territories. So that means you no longer have to switch regions in Battle.net to play with friends.
To activate Cross-Play for Overwatch, players can log in to their Battle.net account and connect the appropriate console accounts (PSN, Xbox Live, Nintendo Switch Online). As a bonus, players who log on to Battle.net to activate Cross-Play by December 31, 2021, will receive a Golden Loot Box for free.
Cross-Play, which just a few years ago seemed like a pipe dream, is now quickly becoming a de facto feature for many of today̵
Overwatch reception of Cross-Play functionality means Xbox players can play with friends on any other platform, potentially opening up Overwatch’s huge player base to all players regardless of platform.
This should also be a good time to jump in again, as the wait for Overwatch 2 seems to be long. But Blizzard has talked more about the upcoming sequel, which will include new modes, and especially a robust PvE story mode that will prepare the Overwatch universe.
Although on the PvP side there is a big change in Overwatch 2 (and Overwatch when the sequel is released) that PvP will be 5v5 instead of 6v6.
Overwatch 2: Screenshots of Rome and New York Maps
Blizzard says it will actually unveil two new Overwatch 2 skins during the Summer Games Fest, so keep your eyes peeled for some potential new designs then.
Be sure to check back as we have much, much more coming from IGNs Summer of Gaming all this month, including our full E3 2021 coverage.
Matt TM Kim is IGN’s news editor.