'Overwatch' is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch.

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Despite previously stating that a Switch version of the multi-player first-person shooter game would be "challenging" to make, Nintendo has confirmed that developers Blizzard are releasing the game for the handheld device on October 15.

The game's director Jeff Kaplan said in 2017 that "adding a third ecosystem" to the consoles they already create patches for would be too complex for the development team.

He said: "I think the problem is, we've really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform.

"And also, it's already challenging right now maintaining three platforms and patching simultaneously, which is something that we've finally been able to achieve.

"Our first couple of patches would come out on PC first and then later on the consoles. And a lot of that is because you're working with Microsoft and Sony, and you want to be compliant to their ecosystems. Adding a third ecosystem to that just adds a lot of complexity for us, as well."

However, he didn't completely rule out the possibility of releasing a version for the Switch, as he urged people to remain "open-minded" and said that whilst it won't happen right away, it may be something which happens "in the future".

He added: "But I always like to tell people we're very open-minded about what platforms we could be on.

"Just because we're not on a platform right now, it doesn't mean we won't reconsider it in the future, so we stay aware of all these things."