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Whenever a new piece of software hits the market, there are always going to be times when it creates problems for users. This has now become somewhat standard for the Overwatch Switch version, but it’s not because it’s far worse than any of the standard versions of the game. Yes, it does cause problems, but not necessarily because of glitches or bugs. It’s just a matter of simple kinks that can be smoothed out if enough time has passed after the game was released, as has now happened.

Looking at the raw numbers of Overwatch Switch and the average Steam reviews, it’s clear that it was somewhat of a disaster from the beginning. The game launched well, but really was a short lived success as dedicated players slowly migrated over to other esports games. It’s become sort of joke amongst Blizzard fans about the game on Switch being the lowest rated in the entire Overwatch franchise, ranking in the lowest 20 percent of reviews on the game and remaining there for a number of weeks. Blizzard fans have really responded to that fact with their wallets, choosing to not buy Overwatch on Switch out of spite for the game.

The real problem, though, is more in the fact that the game doesn’t actually offer up things to play well with other people. The gameplay is certainly impressive, but a lot of its details are lost or can be overwhelmed with a buddy system that forces play partners to split up into teams of two, four, or six. That just brings a lot of extra chaos to the mix, as the game keeps moving through the ranks and fans have different motivations. On PC and PS4, the opposite is true and this is a reason to play with a friend rather than just playing on your own.

But the pure technical merits of the game are good enough that you probably have just as much fun on the Switch as you do on a PC or PS4, which means you can play with your friends and have a good time. The Switch is best for people who really don’t need much from a game, but still want to experience some multiplayer. The couch co-op is fun, even if you’re switching teams in the middle of a match, and the player count can be tight, so there’s really no excuse to not make use of the built-in game features. And of course, the characters are some of the best in the franchise, so that’s something to look forward to if you are a big fan of the game.

On top of this, the real health of the game comes from subscribers. Given that both PS4 and PC have 400 different players, there’s very little control over which map is drawing players away from Overwatch, or how many people play it on any given day. Switch, though, is a completely different matter. If the consoles are grabbing players because they’re high scoring and focused on the gunplay and good deathmatch practices, the Switch is chasing them in droves. But despite this, the IP still has a ton of casual appeal, which is really the only means that a casual interest can live in the game.

Overwatch is the perfect level of high quality esports game, and anyone who loves this game on any platform should be playing it as much as possible. But just because everyone complains about the game doesn’t mean it’s a problem. It just means the Switch version will get updated and smoothed out so it more closely approximates the PC and PS4 versions for most players.

That’s true for any new game, but here is especially true for one of the most beloved franchises in modern gaming. Any long time gamer is going to jump at the chance to make Overwatch their own on the Switch just for the pure fun. If you’re tired of PC or PS4 already, Blizzard has put together the perfect support-based launch and should see big crowds on Switch going forward.

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