'Overwatch Devs Discusses Nintendo Switch Port Processes

By Michael Augustin , Updated Apr 11, 2017 06:52 AM EDT
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Last month, "Overwatch" game director Jeff Kaplan reportedly expressed interested to possibly port the team-based shooter to the Nintendo Switch.
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Last month, "Overwatch" game director Jeff Kaplan reportedly expressed interested to possibly port the team-based shooter to the Nintendo Switch. However, he stated that a port of the shooter is not currently in the works but it could be difficult for the developers. Recently the game director surprisingly revisited the previous discussion about a possible port. He reportedly went into detail about what makes the porting process technically difficult.

Jeff Kaplan also elaborated that one of the biggest challenges his team faces about the requested Nintendo Switch port is the simultaneous patching. He also stated that the performance metrics of "Overwatch" need to be considered. According to Game Rant, the developer notes that they have "really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance." "It is already challenging right now maintaining three platforms," adds Kaplan.

The "Overwatch" game director also proudly claimed that have already achieved that with the three existing platforms as of now. It was also explained that the devs maintain full control if the game is only on the PC. However, making changes and patches for the console versions is a whole different ball game, according to Kaplan. It seems that the console manufacturers require the updates to comply with their respective standards. Therefore, a Nintendo Switch version will further complicate the release schedules for each content update or fix.

It appears that Blizzard Entertainment has already worked out a proper process to simultaneously release its updates for all platforms. Consequently, it might require more manpower for the "Overwatch" devs to work on another console like the Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, Jeff Kaplan still remains open to the idea of another console port for the team-based shooter.

In a recent Reddit AMA with Jeff Kaplan, the "Overwatch" director has reportedly praised the Nintendo Switch, as reported by Gamenguide. He also expressed his opinion about "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild", which he apparently considers as a "masterpiece." It seems that a port for the new Nintendo flagship console of the team-based shooter is being seriously considered by the devs.

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