Overwatch May Be Getting A Console Announcement At BlizzCon 2015
Though still in beta, Blizzard’s foray into the shooter market, Overwatch, seems to be gaining some popularity amongst players and the Blizzard faithful.
The game is expected to be a big part of Blizzard’s BlizzCon 2015 plans, having recently entered its beta phase on PC. However, if the hints that enterprising fans have come across in the game’s code and on the internet are anything to go by, the game may not be solely restricted to PC for very long.
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There’s a few hints lending credibility to the theory of an Overwatch for console announcement, chief of which seems to have been found in the game’s code:
- Strings for authentication checks in the game’s source code (INITIAL_PSN_OR_XBL_AUTH; WAITING_FOR_PSN_OR_XBL_AUTH).
- Blizzard’s European website noting the game on consoles in source code (briefly).
- The controller-friendly interface and controller support for PC.
The authentication checks were found in the Overwatch PC code by Overpwn and could allude to a couple of things.
Firstly, it means that the game is likely already in the works for consoles if the integration for it is already in the game’s netcode. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the presence of authentication checks for consoles in PC code means we may be seeing a Rocket League-esque approach to cross-platforming in Overwatch‘s future.
This is all speculation of course, though BlizzCon would be the place for such an announcement if it is true. However, we’ll see that over the next couple of days; BlizzCon’s opening ceremony starts tomorrow at 21:00 in South Africa time, though Overwatch will only be up at 01:45 on Saturday for local viewers streaming the event.