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Jeff Kaplan confirms change to multiplayer levels in Overwatch 2

Published: 19/Apr/2020 12:23

by Connor Bennett

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Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan has teased a few changes to the levels in Overwatch 2 – especially with how a player’s level border will look moving forward.

Even since Overwatch 2 was announced back at Blizzcon, fans have been desperate for new details. There have been plenty of teases – including new in-game stats – and there have been a few ‘leaks’ as well – with the most recent centering on Ana and her supposed new talents and abilities.

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Though, as for official word and confirmed new details, the Overwatch team has been pretty much radio silent. Yet, Jeff Kaplan has seemingly been perusing the official Blizzard message boards and dropping some information about changes coming in the next game.

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Players are gearing up for Overwatch 2.

The Overwatch lead designer responded to a thread that asked for changes to how the current Overwatch levels look – with complaints being bandied around about the “tacky” borders that appear on an account when they hit gold. 

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“Currently, our plan is to change this system for ow2,” Kaplan commented. “We’ll find a way to recognize your accomplishments for those who care but the current plan is for those borders to go away and be replaced with a different system.”

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Kaplan’s responded directly to Overwatch players.

Kaplan’s message received a mixed reaction with many fans happy to hear that the borders will be going away, yet, others registered their disappointment at the possibility of no longer being able to show off their own unique border.

Though, plenty noted that the removal of the borders would likely see the end of ‘level shaming’ – where players are mocked for being too low or too high in their level – which is seen as a positive step. 

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What changes Kaplan’s Overwatch team has up their sleeve for the new system, however, very much remains to be seen considering that OW2 is still doesn’t have an official release date. 

A now-deleted tweet from PlayStation Brazil claimed that the game would be released at some point in 2020, though, that hasn’t been confirmed by anyone.

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Seagull explains why Overwatch is the “best it’s ever been”

Published: 19/Oct/2020 18:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned has been playing a lot more Overwatch than usual because he believes the game is in the best state it’s ever been.

In a new YouTube video, the former Overwatch League pro delved into why he believes the 2016 title is in such a fantastic state.

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“In previous patches or metas or historically with Overwatch, it’s pretty common to go through a long queue time, you load up the game, you hit tab and you take a quick look at your team comp,” the streamer said, describing how a typical match begins.

According to Seagull, in the past, having a team comp that didn’t follow the meta such as running double shield or Brigitte would be an instant loss. However, in the current patch, it’s completely different: “It’s one of the most balanced patches in Overwatch history.”

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Larned continued to state that most team comps on the ladder are very map-specific, giving the game a huge sense of variety. The 28-year-old said he’s seen every combo of supports and tanks with everything be viable in some capacity.

Another big benefit is how there’s no hero who is so strong that teams have no choice but to run them if they want to win. While there are some characters who will always be niche such as Bastion, Seagull has seen most heroes getting playtime.

He believes this is all due to the experimental card, implementing two patches per month as opposed to one, and not being afraid to nerf heroes.

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Brigitte runs into battle on Route 66
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Teams no longer have to run Brigitte to win.

 

“They cannot be afraid to nerf characters in the future, especially as Overwatch 2 will more than likely launch with a tonne of new characters that will probably be totally crazy,” he added. “Even though we’re going to be bored until Overwatch 2 comes out, at least we aren’t shooting at shields literally all day.”

So far, Blizzard has yet to announce a release date for Overwatch 2, but some new leaks have suggested that we could be getting the sequel as soon as February 2021.

Only time will tell if Blizzard can continue to keep the game balanced leading up to and beyond the next installment’s release.

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