Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Nintendo Store in New York would be hosting a special launch party for Overwatch, which blasts its way onto Nintendo Switch today. As it happens, Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment has cancelled the event with hardly any notice, and appears to have left Nintendo to apologise on its behalf.

The event was planned to take place tomorrow, Wednesday 16th October, but the Nintendo NY Store shared a message to social media just as Monday was wrapping up New York time. The message reads:

Please be aware that the previously announced Overwatch launch event scheduled for Wednesday, 10/16 at NintendoNYC has been cancelled by Blizzard. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The event was free to attend but had very limited availability; those fans who were lucky enough to secure a free ticket have therefore been given less than 48 hours' notice that the event has been cancelled.

Interestingly, the official channels for both Overwatch and Blizzard haven't announced the cancellation, and Blizzard doesn't appear to have provided any reasoning for it either. Of course, it could be assumed that the cancellation is in relation to the recent PR disaster faced by the company after it opted to ban a pro Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protests.

Incidentally, if you're wondering why Overwatch still isn't playable on your Switch despite it being out today, worry not. At the time of writing, we have just a handful of hours to wait before the servers go live. Here are the times you need for your area:


[source twitter.com, via vg247.com]