Blizzard’s Overwatch is often brought up in conversations about the best first-person shooter games of all time, and with talk like that, the only way Blizzard could possibly keep up the standards they set at release is by providing players with new and updates content as well as fresh features to help keep the bar set really high and in this regard, on June 9th, Blizzard announced that cross-play would be coming to the game, meaning you could play with and against your friends and strangers across servers who use a different platform than you to run Overwatch. Take a look at the developer announcement video below.
While I am sure the vast majority of the player base will be extremely excited by this news, there is bound to be people out there who have no interest in playing cross-play on Overwatch, since they believe that the competitiveness is ruined by the different setups being used by players, which can cause unfair advantages being given to some. Seeing as you have clicked on this article, I imagine you are one of those people, and we are here to help you preserve your pool of non-cross-play players.
First up, you will want to remember that as with most other games, Blizzard has confirmed that cross-play cannot be turned off on PC, “PC players cannot opt-out of cross-play”, said a Blizzard employee on an online forum talking about the new feature.
Cross-play will be enabled by default when the feature is rolled out, and a setting in the in-game menu will be made available with the launch of the feature, allowing users to disable it. Xbox users can also use the console settings for cross-play to turn it off instead.
We hope you’re excited to play with the new cross-play feature on Overwatch, make sure to check out our articles on whether it will reset your stats and how cross-save will work on Overwatch. Cheers!