Leaked Case Implies Overwatch Coming to Nintendo Switch

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An Overwatch-branded Nintendo Switch case surfaced on Amazon earlier this afternoon, only to be removed almost immediately afterwards, according to the games industry’s most watchful Twitter account, Wario64. Wario64 was able to snag the images seen above and below before the case was de-listed from Amazon, and when compared to other Nintendo Switch cases from the same manufacturer, they seem legit.

This obviously implies that Blizzard’s money-printing hero-based shooter is coming to Nintendo Switch at some point in the near future. Overwatch would be Blizzard’s second game for the Switch, following last year’s November launch of Diablo 3: Eternal Collection, which debuted as a full price, $60 game, despite being a port of a game that came out six years prior. Because of this, wouldn’t be surprised if Overwatch also launched at $60 on the Switch, despite being a three-year-old game that’s available for $20-$30 on all other platforms.

Historically, Nintendo likes to hold one of its pre-recorded Nintendo Direct press conferences within the first two weeks of September, and if a major franchise title like Overwatch were to be announced during said Nintendo Direct, now is about the time that licensed hardware manufacturers would start assembling their ducks into row-like configurations. Someone (either at Amazon or at PowerA), must have scheduled the wrong date for this case to go live, which was presumably supposed to happen during/after an announcement.

Neither Nintendo nor Blizzard have commented on the case. It is possible, though unlikely, that Overwatch isn’t actually coming to the Switch, and that this thing exists simply to sell a Switch case to people who like Overwatch. But in order for this to be the case (haha), Blizzard and Nintendo would both have to agree that Yes, This Is a Good Idea That Is Not at All Confusing or Detrimental to Anyone Involved™, which seems very unlikely.

Blizzard is on record as at least attempting to get Overwatch to work on the Nintendo Switch. “Getting OW on the Switch is very challenging for us,” said Blizzard Vice President and Face of Overwatch Jeff Kaplan during a Reddit AMA two years ago. While esports games like Overwatch are designed with spec flexibility and low-end performance in mind, getting it to run at a stable 30 frames per second (minimum) might pose a challenge for Nintendo’s hardware. The Switch’s graphical guts are a modified nVidia Tegra X1 mobile system-on-a-chip, which was already a couple years old when the Switch launched in 2017.

Which isn’t to say that the Switch is incapable of good graphics — there are dozens of stunning titles available for the system. But Overwatch wasn’t developed from the ground up with the Switch in mind, as is so often the case with games that really make the hardware shine. We may end up with a Trials Rising kind of situation, where the Switch version works, but just doesn’t look nearly as nice as it does on other platforms. It’s also worth noting that, since Overwatch is an online multiplayer-only game, no one should have any expectations for getting in their weekly Arcade rounds during their commute.