After years of fans searching for a way to merge their Overwatch profiles across different consoles, Blizzard is finally adding cross-progression to the popular first-person shooter. With the addition of this feature, players will have access to all of their in-game cosmetics and stats, regardless of the platform they are playing on. The merge will officially go into effect on October 4 – the same day Overwatch 2 launches – though those looking to take advantage of cross-progression can activate the feature starting today.
Merging your various Overwatch accounts into one complete profile is as easy as logging in using any of the systems you play on. Once logged in, you should immediately be prompted to identify, select, and confirm the accounts you wish to merge. Players will be able to merge a account from each of the following platforms: Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Once you’ve completed these steps, Blizzard will prepare your accounts for synchronization. Be warned, however, that if you don’t follow the steps to merge your profiles when prompted by the game, you’ll lose the ability to do so later. Additionally, once you merge a console account, you will no longer be able to log in to another console account on the same platform.
All players looking to merge their accounts must have a Battle.net account, which you should theoretically already have if you’ve played Overwatch before. Once you choose to merge your accounts, all of your cosmetics and system progress will be stored on that account, which will then share the content to your system profiles.
Once your accounts have been successfully merged, all of the in-game cosmetics you’ve accumulated while playing Overwatch will be waiting for you in your Hero Gallery; This includes all sprays, emotes, and skins. If you have duplicate cosmetics, they will be merged into a single item.
However, how your competitive ranking and overall stats will be evaluated isn’t that straightforward. Competitive and skill ratings will be separated by PC and console entry pools, with the higher rank taken if players merge multiple console accounts. Credits, League Tokens and total values, such as time played or number of wins, will be combined from all profiles. Approvals and best values – which include hero accuracy and killstreaks – will take the highest value of merged accounts. All in-game achievements earned on each platform will carry over to your merged account, although console-specific achievements will remain locked to their respective platforms.
For additional help with merging your accounts, see the Blizzard Account Link support article. If you encounter any errors linking your accounts, Blizzard encourages you to read the instructions listed in their support article Common Account Linking Issues. And, if you’re looking for more information about Overwatch 2 and upcoming changes to the base game, here’s everything we know about the upcoming release.
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