It looks like Blizzard’s hit game “Overwatch” is going to continue its already impressive year. From becoming a staple of e-sports leagues to adding a host of new features through updates this year, the game has skyrocketed in popularity.
Now, both Eurogamer and Kotaku report that Nintendo is likely to announce a Switch port for the game at its Nintendo Direct event tonight (September 4) at 6 p.m. EST. Should this come true, it would be big news for both the game and the Switch console.
Big News Incoming
Should Nintendo officially announce that “Overwatch” is coming to Switch, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Nonetheless, gamers that own the portable console will be thrilled.
The hype first started when Amazon accidentally revealed an official “Overwatch” case for the Switch last month. Since then, fans have been clamoring for any scrap of hope that the game is coming to Nintendo’s console.
Now, it looks like they will be getting more than a hint. All indications point to an official announcement at tonight’s Nintendo Direct event. Should the rumors be confirmed, “Overwatch” for Switch will likely release in North America on October 15.
Scheduled to stream for a lengthy 40+ minutes, Nintendo Direct will also feature news about upcoming games including “Pokémon Sword,” “Pokémon Shield,” and “Luigi’s Mansion 3.”
What Makes ‘Overwatch’ So Popular?
Since its release in mid-2016, “Overwatch” has grown from a brightly colored cartoon shooter to one of the world’s most popular video games. Thanks to regular updates, new characters, and, of course, awesome gameplay, it doesn’t look like “Overwatch” is going anywhere anytime soon.
The game’s 2019 has already been highly successful. Two new heroes (Baptiste and Sigma) have been added. Meanwhile, players were introduced to new game modes like Workshop that allow them to express their creativity. Improved features like better role queuing have also made balancing teams far smoother.
However, what has helped make “Overwatch” a hit, is its rise in the e-sports world. The official “Overwatch” League is preparing to start its third season in 2020 and will feature both home-and-away matches. Players at the professional, collegiate, and amateur level are currently preparing for season 2’s playoffs later this week.
Though the announcement of “Overwatch” for Switch is thrilling, it won’t be Blizzard’s first game on the portable console. Near the Switch’s release date, the developer released “Diablo 3” for the platform.
For now, fans will have to wait just a little longer. When the official Nintendo Direct event goes live tonight, they’ll likely find out if their favorite game is coming to Switch this fall.