One of tonight’s Nintendo Direct announcements has leaked early: Blizzard’s popular hero shooter Overwatch is coming to the Switch. It’ll be out next month.
Word on this one comes from a couple of retail leaks, and we’ve confirmed its veracity with two of our own sources. Last month, Amazon accidentally spilled the beans on an official Overwatch Switch case, and today, a European retail leak points to the port’s release date as October 18. (We’re likely looking at October 15 in North America.)
Overwatch launched in May of 2016 for PS4, PC, and Xbox One, and has since been regularly updated with new characters, events, and patches. We expect the official Switch announcement tonight during Nintendo’s Direct stream at 6pm ET. We also expect lots more Overwatch news at this year’s BlizzCon in November.
UPDATE (6:05pm): Blizzard confirmed the news on the Nintendo Direct, adding that the Switch version of Overwatch will also have gyro controls, “which let players tilt their console to line up the perfect shot as McCree, pilot D.Va through the air, or quickly turn to deflect incoming projectiles as Genji” according to a Blizzard press release.