Overwatch 2 is the latest Free-to-Play PvP game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. This is the next-generation version of the original Overwatch after it was shut down by the developers. To save all the players from losing their valuable data, and to shorten each match wait time, developers bought some changes. These Are the Crossplay and Cross Progression bought back into Overwatch 2.
The game is a revamp of Overwatch 1. There are several new features added to the game with the spirit of giving it a new life. You can read about our initial experience with the game in our Overwatch 2 Review. As always, in our review, we have covered the story settings and gameplay. Yes, these are important, but if the visuals of the game are bad, then there’s no fun in playing the game. In our review, you can check out our verdict of the game too.
Are you a new player of Overwatch 2? If yes, then you’d definitely love to read our Tips and Trick for the game. These tips and tricks cover everything a beginner might need to kick-start their game. After that, you can head over to our guide of the Best Characters in Overwatch 2. These characters can become your free ticket to victory. Apart from that, we have covered all of the Starting Heroes as a part of our beginners’ guides.
Still can’t find the perfect hero for yourself? Then you’d love to check out our Overwatch 2 Tier List. This Tier list covers all of the characters in the game.
- Crossplay lets players play with their friends on different platforms. It is great to have non-stop fun crossing the boundaries of PC vs. Console wars.
- Blizzard Entertainment introduced Cross Play and Cross Progression to Overwatch 2 to help players with the Original Overwatch shutting down.
- Cross Progression syncs all of the cosmetics, items, and stats of players from the first game to the second.
What Is Crossplay
If you are new to the gaming genre and don’t know what crossplay is, then you might get confused after hearing ‘Crossplay’ in the game several times. So, before we can tell you more about it, we must explain to you what Crossplay is. When players from different platforms, such as different consoles, or PC play together, it is called Crossplay.
A PC player can play one specific game with their friends on a Playstation 5 if the game supports ‘Crossplay’. Not only that, different console players can play games together too. Players on Xbox can play with players on Playstation 5 and vice versa.
The players can play the game using their same game ID. They can switch between a PS, Xbox, or PC without losing any progress. The concept for it is quite similar to Crossplay, but switching between platforms without losing any progress is called Cross Progression.
Crossplay In Overwatch 2
Since the announcement of the game, it was announced that the game will crossplay. Not only that, as we followed the developers on their social media handles we were reminded by their posts that the game will have support for crossplay. They promised that the game will be available on all platforms, and players from these platforms can play with their friends on other platforms. The supported platforms are PS, Xbox, Switch, and PC.
If you happen to check out the official website of Overwatch 2, you’d have seen something like this. “Moving to a free-to-play for Overwatch 2, together with enabling cross-platform with cross-progression, means anyone can access the game and join their friends, for free, which we are incredibly excited about.
Here you’d see that the developers explicitly mentioned Cross Progression. What it means is that not only will players be able to play with their friends on different platforms. The players themselves will be able to switch platforms too, without losing any of the progress in the game. It is perfect for players that own two or more platforms at home. They can switch between them whenever they feel like it, without any worries.
But in the case of Overwatch, Cross Progression doesn’t only mean that you’ll be able to play on different platforms at a time. In Overwatch 2, it means that you’ll be able to sync your cosmetics from Overwatch 1 to the new game.
Whenever it comes to FPS or shooter games in general, the Keyboard Mouse players have a huge advantage over players of other platforms. Aiming while using a mouse is a ton more accurate than aiming with a joystick. Because it is a huge advantage for PC players, Blizzard had aim assist enabled for console players in the first Overwatch game.
Now, when it comes to Overwatch 2, there have been some differences. First of all, the developers made 2 different player pools. One is for PC players, whereas the other is for Console players. It brings back the advantage for console players.
If a console player joins in a random game as a solo player or a squad filled with console players. That player will have aim assist enabled. But it changes when they have a PC player at their party. Even if there is just one PC player, in a party filled with console players, all of the console players will be put in the PC player pool. Their aim assistance will be disabled and the advantage that they had will be gone.
Now if you are a PC player who thinks that they can do it to reach the highest ranks in the game. We got bad news for you, and good news for console players. Crossplay doesn’t work in competitive mode. In Competitive mode, players on the console will play against other players on the console. Whereas players on PC will fight against other PC players.
Unlocking Crossplay/Cross Progression
If you were a player of Overwatch 1 and had unlocked Crossplay and Cross Progression. Then you’d know how to set it up for the new Overwatch 2 game. It is quite similar to that of the first game.
But new players of the game will have a relatively harder time setting up the Crossplay or Cross Progression. For that, you’ll have to log into Battle.net and merge your account there. If you don’t know how to merge it, here’s how to do it.
Merging Overwatch 2 Account
Merging accounts in overwatch is quite easy. All you have to do is log into the battle.net account and you’re good to go.
If you are Console users, here’s what you need to do.
Open the Overwatch game on your console. You’ll get a prompt to scan the QR Code using your mobile phone. Once you scan the QR Code, a code will appear on the screen of the console. Use it to connect to a Battle.net account or make a completely new one from scratch.
When you’re done with that, start the game, and you’ll get a prompt that will confirm the creation of the account. Confirm it and you’re good to go.
Merging an account on a PC is quite simple. All you have to do is log into the Battle.net web. When you do so, sign into the console accounts you wish to merge. But remember, once an account is merged with your battle.net, there’s no way you’ll be able to undo the merge. You can only have one account from a console.
What it means is that once you merge an account from PS5, there’s no way you can have another PS5 account merged. So, for whatever reason, if you have 2 accounts, you’ll have to choose 1 of them to get it merged with the game account.
We’re still unsure how unlinking an account works. But from what we have gathered from Overwatch 2’s blog post, once you merge an account, you can’t go on to merge another console account immediately after that. So plan your whole merging accordingly.
Anyways, if you want to unmerge or unlink an account, you can do so. But to stop players from abusing the system, there is a harsh one-year cooldown. You’ll have to wait for one full year before you can link a new console account to the same Battle.net account.
That’s why you should take extra care when merging an account for Cross Progression or just crossplay. Because once you do so, reverting everything can take a whole year.
Why Merge Accounts?
Merging accounts with your Battle.net ID doesn’t only allow you to get Cross Progression in the game. There are other benefits from it too.
First and foremost, you’ll have all your items, unlocks and cosmetics from your linked accounts bought to your current Overwatch 2 account. Not only that, your gameplay statistics will be synchronized too.
It means that you’ll have everything back to however it was before the Overwatch servers officially shut down. You won’t have to start from scratch, and it will save you a lot of time. Not only time, but you’ll also get back all of your items and cosmetics that you might’ve thought that you have lost.
In conclusion, we’re grateful to the developers for bringing back Crossplay and Cross Progression into Overwatch 2. It lets players take their progress with them to the new game. The players can continue to play their game without any fear of losing their valuable data.
Not only that, Cross Progression allows the players to shift their cosmetics to the new game. That means any skins they bought in Overwatch 1 will be into the new game. The developers are syncing progress into the new game too. That means that players will have everything that they had in the old game.
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