Blizzard announced in a blog post today that they will be bringing Overwatch 2 to the Steam platform come the 10th of August. Along with Overwatch 2 will come a ‘selection of games’ overtime as well, marking the first time the company has published their games digitally outside of their Battle.net platform. Overwatch 2 players on Steam will still need to connect a Battle.net account to play, which enables the crossplay and crossplatform functions the game currently uses.
Battle.net will still be a priority for the foreseeable future, says President of Blizzard Mike Ybarra. “While Battle.net remains a priority for us now and into the future, we’ve heard players want the choice of Steam for a selection of our games, starting with Overwatch 2 on August 10th. We’re happy to work with Valve to make that happen.”
Well, I don’t want it to be the only one, personally. I would like for GOG to become bigger, that’s a pretty good no-BS store, but big publishers don’t like it because DRM-free.
But I think it’s easy to see why Steam is overwhelmingly preferred on PC, because of other stores having something weighing them down. My brother has game pass ultimate and still purchased Payday 3 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Steam because he says the Xbox PC app is unusable.
I’ve been lucky and I’ve only had minor issues with it (occasionally games not installing from Xbox app and needing to install from MS Store). Personally I’d like to see Steam break out all their platform features away from the store entirely and separate things like Steam Input completely instead of locking it to their launcher.