‘Overwatch’ comes to Switch, ‘Paladins’ studio shifts spotlight to ‘Rogue Company’


'Overwatch' is launching on Switch from Oct 15. — Blizzard Entertainment/Nintendo

As popular team action game Overwatch arrives on the Nintendo Switch, the team behind genre-mate Paladins announces cross-platform shooter Rogue Company.

Multiplayer hero shooter Overwatch is launching for the Nintendo Switch on Oct 15, after suspicions of an imminent release were raised when online retailer Amazon listed an officially branded console case.

Upon release as Overwatch: Legendary Edition, the Switch version will include three months' worth of Nintendo Switch Online subscription (Individual rather than Family Membership), plus a complement of extra hero costumes or skins: five from the Legendary tier, five Epic skins, and five Origin skins.

The popular team game was a hit when it debuted across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in 2016.

On Switch, it's to contain all of the many game updates released since then, while players will also be able to use motion controls for select character abilities, should they so choose.

In the absence of Overwatch since the Switch's 2017 launch, Hi-Rez Studio's famously similar Paladins has became a well-known alternative for the hybrid console's community.

During the same September 4th Nintendo Direct as the Overwatch confirmation, Hi-Rez Studios announced a new release of its own: Rogue Company.



Rogue Company is coming to not only Switch but also PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2020.

Though it's not a Battle Royale per se, it does start with stylishly dressed players leaping out of aircraft and descending into a combat environment, much like PUBG, Fortnite, Apex Legends and others.

Here, though, the game's debut trailer features not an expansive island but a busy shipyard, with players duking it out in, on, and between boats, containers, and docks.

Further distinguishing it from Battle Royale contenders is a visual style a little softer than that of PUBG, more realistic than Fortnite, and more contemporary than sci-fi Apex Legends.

Squads are also slightly larger, with Rogue Company toting teams of five rather than two, three or four.

But perhaps most importantly, for all the visual and stylistic influences, Hi-Rez's latest is being presented as not a Battle Royale but a smaller, 5v5 skirmish – at least for now.

Hi-Rez plans to unveil playable characters later in September, various game modes and maps in October, with weapons, gadgets and equipment better detailed in November, and backstory scheduled for December.

The publisher has also described Rogue Company as cross-platform, with PS4, XBO, Switch and PC players able to play together.

More specifics are anticipated, given that full crossplay and cross-progression across all four platforms remain relatively scarce: Fortnite and Rocket League have achieved it, while Microsoft-owned Minecraft currently excludes Sony's PlayStation consoles. – AFP Relaxnews


   

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