It’s strange to call Overwatch a classic due to its enduring popularity and esports force, but it’s been around for a while.
And although it was released in 2016, there hasn’t been much effort to update the original experience for PS5, Xbox Series X, or PC.
Unlike other games, Overwatch will not receive a next-gen update during 2021, mainly due to plans for the release of Overwatch 2.
And a recent statement from technical director John Lafleur has poured cold water on the idea of something like this happening before the end of the year, with Lafleur telling fans:
“We would have to spend a non-trivial amount of time updating the original Overwatch to recognize and treat the PS5 separately (involves changing the platform SDK)
“Instead, we’re taking that time to focus on making Overwatch 2 the best we can be on next-gen consoles.”
It makes sense to do something like this, although, with the plan to make it possible for Overwatch and Overwatch 2 players to play together, a next-gen update needs to arrive at some point.
But for anyone who hasn’t played the great team shooter game yet, now would be a great time to get involved.
Blizzard has made the game free for a limited time, which means it won’t cost you anything beyond your normal multiplayer subscription to try out all of the latest content.
The Overwatch free trial is available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, and is scheduled to end on January 2.
In our original Overwatch review in 2016, we noted the strength in the team shooter’s attention to detail, writing:
“Overwatch excels at learning and playing, offering an incredibly diverse range of characters to use in combat, along with some interesting maps to explore and artwork to admire.
“And in all these efforts, the quality and time that Blizzard has put in really stands out.
“The Overwatch roster is one of the main reasons this game stands out, while there are so many characters to choose from, the overall quality of the design, art, and backstory means you can enjoy trying out the many options available.
“We suggest exploring all of them, but even that would be a substantial task as the lineup benefits greatly from different wacky fighting styles.
“The 21 characters are divided into four roughly defined areas, but luckily for fans, these attackers, defenders, tanks and supports offer different ways to play.”