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Overwatch on the Switch official, motion-based controls included

by Justin Herrick | September 7, 2019September 7, 2019 8:30 am EDT

The Switch will soon offer one of the world’s most popular video games: Overwatch.

Blizzard Entertainment’s flagship title made an appearance during the latest Nintendo Direct presentation. It’ll arrive in October as Overwatch: Legendary Edition. Built-in for this version are all heroes, maps, and updates from the past. So, from the start, you don’t need to worry about what’s missing and needing to purchase downloadable content.

It also includes motion-based controls. Exclusively on the Switch, you’re able to tilt the controller in order to shift a character around on the battlefield. The feature is able possible by the Joy-Con controllers’ gyroscope and accelerometer.

Aside from that, you’re looking at an experience identical to what’s available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Blizzard Entertainment didn’t port a watered-down version. If anything, you’ll notice a slightly inferior video resolution on the Switch due to its own limitations.

Released in 2016, there isn’t any sign that Overwatch lost momentum since. Around 40 million players are active, and in-game spending might’ve exceeded $1 billion. The Overwatch League also attracts gigantic viewership from around the world. So maybe there’s a ton of media buzz on Fortnite, but Overwatch definitely goes on its own path of popularity (and profitability).

With the Switch added, Activision Blizzard can widen its audience. Nintendo, meanwhile, gets to say that its lineup of third-party titles includes global hits as well.

The game will be released on Nintendo’s Switch on Tuesday, October 15. Both physical and digital copies are already up for pre-order ($39), and there should be some post-release downloadable content offered in the future. So between that and the motion-based controls, Nintendo and Blizzard Entertainment are pulling out of a pretty sweet deal for Overwatch on the Switch.


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Justin Herrick

Justin's interest in the world of gaming started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two decades later he can't take his