Overwatch is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 15th, bringing much-needed competition to Paladins. Most players that already have the game on another platform might be thinking, why should I invest in another copy? The answer according to the game’s producer is simple. The Overwatch Gyro-Aim for the Switch is its most impressive feature and you won’t find it anywhere else.
Motion controls on Nintendo Switch are often overlooked. This is actually a pity since they indeed enhance gameplay and stability on aiming. We’ve seen it in games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wilds, Paladins, Fortnite and more. Basically, every shooter on the console is better with gyroscopic aiming. That’s why it’s almost natural for Blizzard and Iron Galaxy to go that way too. In an interview with Vooks, Overwatch Principal Game Producer, Wes Yanagi praised the feature and detailed some of its most interesting details.
Before we start, let’s do a quick recap of what motion controls do. Essentially, your whole Nintendo Switch console can be the “guide” of where you want to aim. Tilting the console to the general direction of your aim preference will do the trick. The movement is a bit slower than moving in a classic way but if you’re feeling hardcore, the gyro-aim can work wonders. It needs some time for you to get used to it, for sure. However, once you do you’ll see that it is worth the try.
That’s it for the handheld mode, of course. According to Yanagi, you can also detach the joy-cons and aim them at the screen. Bonus points for realism and creativity for the popular title. In order to follow the classic competitive style of Overwatch, the team has also included a hero-specific settings tab for the motion controls. This looks a bit like how you adjust the sensitivity of the scope while playing snipers. To hype things up, Overwatch’s producer concluded:
“Gyro-aiming is legit. Spend two hours learning it, and you may not be able to play without it”
During the interview, Yanagi focused a lot on Overwatch Gyro-Aim, praising it as a mechanic. Truth is, apart from that you shouldn’t expect anything new. Not Nintendo specific loot or characters, no special rewards, and no other new mechanics. However, it seems like it will be a completely new experience with motion controls than what we knew.
Overwatch on Nintendo Switch releases on October 15th. The game will be capped at 30FPS, which is a big drawback, without crossplay and will no Amiibo support. There goes our dream of getting an Overwatch Amiibo collection.