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Overwatch Fifth Anniversary AMA Reveals Info on Potential Ping System, Overwatch 2 Cross-Platform Progression, More

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As part of the fifth anniversary of Overwatch, the team took to Reddit in an AMA answering the community’s questions about virtually everything. This included the current state of the game, its history, in addition to recent announcements.

Participants in the AMA included several members from the team such as:

Understandably, Overwatch 2 was featured in several questions from the community. One such question asked about cross-platform progression across PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch. Technical Director, John Lafleur, noted that while they remain excited about cross-progression, they have nothing new to share at this time.

Another question revolved a ping system and if Blizzard has any plans to implement one. Ping systems are great ways to nonverbally communicate in such games like Apex Legends, Valorant, and more. To that end, Game Director Aaron Keller responded,

“We've definitely considered this. In fact we have a protoype of it running internally right now. We don't make a habit of promising things to players until they are actually announced and I'm not going to break that tradition right now (I'm sure I'll blow it at some other point in this AMA), but it is something that we are excited about as a team and are working through issues currently.”

The full AMA is pretty interesting if you want to sift though the various questions and just general discourse from the community.

In recent Blizzard news, a report from IGN shed some additional light into the high-profile departures at Blizzard. This includes former Overwatch Game Director, Jeff Kaplan. Additionally, it was recently revealed that Overwatch 2 squad size will be decreased to 5 instead of 6, which means each team will have one fewer tank.


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Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.