Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has commented on the current gaming industries interest in cross-platform play, he says that cross-play is "beneficial to everyone."
Kaplan discussed the topic throughout Games Magazines latest installment, he began by mentioning the two hottest games at the moment; PUBG and Fortnite. Using both of the battle royale titles as an example, Kaplan says "Fortnite and PUBG recently made a huge impact on gaming by having cross-platform experiences that spanned the PC, consoles and mobile. Cross-platform experiences, especially in social games or games with persistent progression, are very exciting."
Kaplan continues by saying "I hope to see platforms open up and embrace the way players want to play more. The technology and the desire exist. I believe it would be beneficial to everyone to open platforms up more to bring players together. So I'm definitely hoping for more cross-platform opportunities."
This is quite intriguing, as back in June of 2016, Blizzard took to Twitter to settle any speculation of cross-play coming to Overwatch, here is what they said "We have no plans for that. Mixing mouse/keyboard and controller can have balance and competitive issues." Perhaps Blizzard and Kaplan have had a change of heart after seeing the success of both PUBG and Fortnite?
We have no plans for that. Mixing mouse/keyboard and controller can have balance and competitive issues.— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) June 4, 2016