BlizzCon 2015 Overwatch What’s Next Panel Transcript

 

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Consoles

Kaplan: Let’s talk about Consoles for a little bit. There was a huge announcement. How many of you guys are XBox One and PS4 players? We are really excited to bring this game to Consoles. We thought that with Reaper of Souls we learned what enthusiasm was behind playing Blizzard games on Consoles. I mean, Blizzard games started on consoles after all. It’s going to be really great. We feel like we are going to speak to a large audience. I want to answer a few things about Console for people.

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When we started to make Overwatch, lot of people ask” Oh, you decided to port the game to consoles at some point.” That was never the case. When we started to develop Overwatch, it was our goal from day one to have this game playable on Consoles. It was kinda a dream of ours, and in a weird way, designing the game so it felt great on a Console controller almost felt like this enforced design elegance on us. Like you really thought about: “How many buttons are we going to add, and how was going to be the control scheme?” — and that sort of thing.

We had a little funny SNAFU that happened in the beta. It was a little bit controversial where people were wondering why is there a game pad controller, and if you noticed we turned it off right away. Like “Oops, sorry! Our bad.” It was kinda funny that nobody went and “wait a second” this thing is probably coming to console. That’s why it was there. The other thing about Console that we think is really amazing is that we are going to add full integration with XBox Live and PlayStation Network.

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You guys are going to be able to play this game in the comfort of your living room, and some sort of preemptive question that I know is out there … Console players and PC players are not going to play against one another. They are their own separate eco-systems.

PC players are only going to play PC players. XBox One players will only play against XBox One players; and PlayStation 4 players are only going to play against PlayStation 4 players. So that’s the way Consoles are going to work.

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