With the excitement of Diablo III being available on Switch, some have hope that other great titles from the company could have a possible port. Blizzard says one of them maybe possible.
In an interview with GameSpot, Diablo III’s senior producer, Pete Stilwell, was the first to be asked about the possibility of Overwatch being accessible for the Nintendo Switch. He says, “Anything is within the realm of possibility. Our team was given the task to work on this. If the Overwatch developers pick up that endeavor, that’s on them”.
With regards to a game like StarCraft 2, he continues saying, “The N64 StarCraft was cool but you had to change the game quite a bit for it to work properly on console. StarCraft 2 is next level requirements from how much dexterity you need with a mouse and keyboard. It would have to change the core gameplay”.
Discussion of Overwatch coming to the Nintendo Switch has been a constant debate for the past few months. Back in May 2018, Matthew Hanley, a senior game producer of Overwatch, spoke of the many challenges Blizzard would have to face in order to run on such a platform. He says, “I think it is one of those things that we constantly evaluate. Where technology is going; where the industry is going”.
Back in June, there was one case of a fan who was able to run the game on the Switch. However, it was through a hack by using an app called Rainway, which lets PC users stream games to devices that run DirectX 11. In other words, the user still needed a mouse and keyboard, with the Switch device simply used as a monitor.
With possible applications there, the Overwatch director himself, Jeff Kaplan, even admits the difficulty of such as port. He says, “”I think the problem is, we’ve really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform”.
So while Overwatch, and even StarCraft 2, may seem feasible, its going to take a lot of technological advancements and redesigns to make such an idea a reality. No matter how exciting it may be.