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Jeff Kaplan finally reveals date of next Overwatch Developer Update

Published: 22/Jan/2020 2:53

by Andrew Amos

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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that a developer update is on the horizon, giving players hope that changes involving hero bans, role queue, and crucial balance updates are on their way.

The Overwatch team hasn’t posted a developer update in over six months, fuelling community concerns about the state of the game.

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While there’s been leaks of hero bans coming in an upcoming update, as well as a new version of role queue, there’s not been much communication between Blizzard and the players. However, that’s changing, with Jeff Kaplan announcing that a developer update is on its way.

Jeff Kaplan Yule Log appearance
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Jeff Kaplan last greeted players on camera in Blizzard’s annual Yule Log stream in December.

The face of the Overwatch dev team responded to players’ concerns on the forums on January 21, saying that an update is due by the end of January.

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“We recently recorded a developer update,” he said. “It’s scheduled to come out towards the end of the month. We’ll try to do them more frequently.”

The response helped alleviate the worries of players, who were hoping for some more communication from the developers as more details about future updates were being leaked.

Overwatch Role Lock concept
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Role lock has been a hot topic since its introduction in 2019, and Blizzard are prepping changes for it soon.

Prominent Overwatch leaker Metro revealed on January 20 that “it’s very likely that hero bans will be added to the game as the dev team has been working on them for a while.” There hasn’t been any official comment on the concept which has divided the player base.

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On top of that, the Overwatch team have also been testing new variations of the role queue system. Jeff Kaplan himself shared the concepts they’ve been trialling in a January 14 forum post, and will likely go into more detail in the developer update video.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, players have been concerned that resources have been dedicated into ensuring that the expansion could be released in 2020, neglecting the game as it is now.

With nine days left in January, players shouldn’t have to wait too long for Jeff Kaplan to make his first appearance on a developer update in over six months.

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With plenty of rumors and leaks about there’ll be a lot to talk about, and hopefully some good news will grace Overwatch players soon.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.