Not every game is going to be a good fit for the Nintendo Switch. It’s clear the system doesn’t have as much raw horsepower as the Xbox One or PS4, so technically demanding games like Mass Effect: Andromeda and Final Fantasy XV probably aren’t on the way to the system. But what about Overwatch?
The game has a streamlined visual style and its system requirements aren’t terribly demanding. Aside from all that, Overwatch just feels like it would be right at home on the Nintendo Switch alongside colorful, cartoony multiplayer games like Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros.
So, could a Nintendo Switch version of Overwatch actually happen? In a recent Reddit AMA, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan made this brief statement about Nintendo’s new system…
“I'm loving the Switch! My second favorite gaming platform of all time is the 3DS. Getting Overwatch on the Switch is very challenging for us. But we're always open minded about exploring possible platforms.”
Kaplan doesn’t elaborate on what would make bringing Overwatch to the Switch so challenging. Is he talking about technical challenges? Or is he speaking more from a business perspective? So far Activision Blizzard hasn’t pledged much support for the Switch, and the last Blizzard-developed game to come out on a Nintendo system was StarCraft in 1998. So yeah, there may be some internal resistance to bringing Overwatch to the Switch. But hey, the system is getting Skyrim, so anything could happen!
Hopefully Blizzard makes this a reality, because Overwatch on the go would be a pretty amazing. And could you imagine if Blizzard and Nintendo managed to get some crossover action going? Overwatch on Switch with an exclusive Samus character? Or the Inklings from Splatoon? Oh, uh, Captain Toad carrying a bazooka? Now that would be a system seller!