Blizzard VP Jeff Kaplan Says Company is ‘Open Minded’ About Bringing Overwatch to Mac

In a new Q&A video from Wired, Blizzard vice president Jeff Kaplan responded to a list of user questions on Twitter, all centered around the company's popular first-person shooter Overwatch, which is currently available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Ahead of the game's release, the company said that any development on Mac was not in the works and that focus would be on the other platforms.

Now, in response to a user asking if the game will ever be on Mac, Kaplan has said that Blizzard is "open minded" about bringing Overwatch to MacBooks and iMacs, although such development doesn't appear to be a priority.

User's question: Hi I was just wondering and I'm sure this question is kinda of annoying. Will Overwatch be coming to mac?

Kaplan's answer: I will not say that it's definite...that we will never be on Mac. We are open minded to it, we just need the priorities of our development process to line up with the capabilities of the platform in order for it to become a reality.
Kaplan's response is a bit non-committal, neither confirming nor denying whether players will ever be able to purchase Overwatch for the Mac, but it is at least nice hearing that the team behind the game continues to consider all platform options moving forward. It remains unclear what specific Mac-related limitations might be preventing Blizzard from pushing forward in Mac development on Overwatch, but from Kaplan's comments it appears that the team wants to ensure the game's quality before it would publish it on Apple's computers.

Blizzard has supported Apple devices for many of its previous games, including bringing Hearthstone to iOS and Mac, as well as launching Heroes of the Storm on Mac. Overwatch runs best with a consistent frame rate due to its fast-paced gameplay, particularly during competitive season games, but some lower-end PCs have been able to run the game with concessions in graphics and resolution.

The Mac-related question appears at 12:45 in Wired's new video.


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The ‘Overwatch’ winter event kicks off on Dec. 13 (probably)

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Here’s hoping one of Reaper’s holiday-themed voice lines is “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

Overwatch will seemingly kick off its first (and hopefully annual) winter/holiday event on Tuesday, Dec. 13. There aren’t any details to share yet, but a tweet from the game’s official account seems pretty clear.

You’re invited! pic.twitter.com/MQZPZOW4Y1

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 6, 2016

The tweet is just cryptic enough to leave an element of uncertainty hanging — does the event start on Dec. 13 or is it just an announcement? We’d bet on the former.

Tuesday is the day that Overwatch weekly updates launch. What’s more, multi-week Overwatch events for the 2016 Olympics and Halloween occurred earlier in the year, so there’s precedent. Blizzard likes to extend real world celebrations into its hit game. Read more…

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Steve Aoki and Gerard Way go Rogue in surprise ‘Overwatch’ charity match

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LOS ANGELES — Steve Aoki, celebrity esports owner of team Rogue, linked up with Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance on Wednesday for a charity Overwatch match in Los Angeles. 

The musical duo hopes to raise $10,000 for Best Buddies and National Alliance on Mental Illness. The stream will begin Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT on Aoki’s Twitch channel

Best Buddies is nonprofit dedicated to creating employment opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities; NAMI helps support and educate people and families that suffer from mental illness.   Read more…

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Play the new ‘Overwatch’ map Oasis right now

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Blizzard Entertainment is full of surprises.

Overwatch‘s upcoming map Oasis was released on the public test region Tuesday, a week before the map was expected to hit the PTR as promised at BlizzCon.

Oasis is the fourth control map in Overwatch and it’s set in a futuristic city in the Middle East. Not only is this the first map to introduce jump pads to the game, but early testers found out that the environment can kill unsuspecting and clumsy players as well.

Watch out for the traffic on the Oasis map! pic.twitter.com/aajBrQcCoQ

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Be your best edge lord with this $150 ‘Overwatch’ Reaper statue

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Blizzard Entertainment knows what its fans want: more edge lord.

Reaper, the edgiest dual-shotgun-wielding badass in the Overwatch hero roster, is getting his very own collectible statue. The 12-inch figurine captures the the Reap-man at his edgiest: midway through a Death Blossom ult, with both arms extended out for maximum killing and posing power.

The $150 collectible is up for pre-order now in Blizzard’s online store. The first wave is expected to ship in Q1 2017 and the second wave will follow in Q3 2017.

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‘Overwatch’ is incredibly cheap this Saturday

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If you’re a gamer who somehow managed to avoid the complete and utter annihilation of your bank account on Black Friday this year — congratulations! However, Amazon has a new offer Saturday that might break your resolve.

Overwatch: Origins Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is marked down to $32.99, a savings of 45 percent overall and ever so slightly cheaper than the $34.99 asking price you may have seen Friday. 

The game — one of the most highly reviewed of 2016 — is a team shooter populated by a growing cast of characters that look like they belong in the most violent Pixar movie ever. Players are placed on teams of six people according to their skill level and battle for control of various objectives. Read more…

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There will probably be an ‘Overwatch’ winter event

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Can’t wait to see that inevitable Torbjörn-dressed-as-pint-sized-Santa skin.

It looks like Blizzard is planning a winter- or holiday-themed event in Overwatch. It’s not a surprise after similar events around the Summer Olympics and Halloween, but informed speculation leveled up to “this is probably happening” with the release of the latest PTR update.

Much of the attention around the update has been focused on the changes to Symmetra, but tech-savvy fans dug through the data and found some other surprises. Along with new character interactions and sound effects, there’s a snippet of music with a distinctly Christmas-y feel. Read more…

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