Overwatch PTR could come to PS4 and Xbox One
Overwatch developer Blizzard has said that the PTR (Public Test Region) could eventually come to Xbox One and PS4.
The PTR lets PC users test new features before they're released to the wider Overwatch community as part of an update. It's Blizzard's way of testing and tweaking new maps, game modes and balance changes before they go live.
In an interview with Express Online, Overwatch game director said that while making the PTR available to console users would slow down the update process, it's by no means a closed door.
"It is possible for us to do PTR on console, but it is a little bit of a catch-22 for us," Kaplan said.
"The thing that has enabled us to simultaneously patch on PC and consoles is the PC PTR, because in essence what we’re doing in the PTR is trying to pass our console certifications so that everything can come out at the same time.
"Now, if we had to cert PTR, which we’d have to do, it would basically add a few more weeks to the development cycle, and then I don’t know how much we’d be able to react to the console PTR feedback at that point.
"It would be more of a gesture than a genuine ability to test things."
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Kaplan would then say that Microsoft and Sony have been very flexible with Blizzard and that despite the complications, PTR on consoles could eventually happen.
"With that said, we actually have a great relationship with both Sony and Microsoft, and we love working with them," he continued.
"The guys at Blizzard who work on our console platform and the guys at Sony and Microsoft are really smart people who love technology and love games.
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"And I believe that they’ll keep trying to make it more and more possible for us to do things like PTR."
During the same interview, Kaplan also teased the appearance of Doomfist, telling fans that "when the time is right for people to learn more about Doomfist, they’ll be pleased".
The news comes just days after Blizzard released the new Overwatch Uprising update.
Uprising explores the history of the characters and delves into Overwatch lore.
It features a brand new player-vs-enemy game mode in which teams try to destroy a group of omnic separatists in a revamped version of the King's Row map.
“Get ready for the ultimate recall,” a message from Blizzard teases.
“Our latest seasonal event turns back the clock, giving you the chance to relive a pivotal moment in Overwatch history."
Uprising also features new unlockables, including skins, emotes, sprays and more. The new Overwatch Uprising event is live now on PS4, XBox One and PC until May 1.