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Jeff Kaplan reveals how Overwatch developers would handle role queue

Published: 6/Mar/2019 1:18 Updated: 6/Mar/2019 1:33

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan gave players a clue on the game’s official forum to how developers would handle role queue, if they ever implement it.

Role queue or some kind of system like it, has been one of the most talked-about topics in the Overwatch community for awhile now, which even led to Kaplan talking about it recently.

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Along with a massive content update to the PTR over the last week, Overwatch developers have also been posting to the game’s official forums and now, Kaplan has revealed how role queue would probably go if it were ever implemented.

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Players are still split over if an enforced “2-2-2” split of tanks, healers, and DPS would produce a viable line-up far more often, but most agree some kind of role queue would be an improvement.

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In an interview last week, Kaplan said that Overwatch already had people working on trying to figure out how role queue could be implemented into Overwatch, which could mean the system is already on the way.

Kaplan dropped more hints about a possible role queue later on in the week on the Overwatch forums, telling fans that if Blizzard did implement the system, it would be broken up by SR.

https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/overwatch/t/role-queue-compromise/311123/7

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It certainly seems like Overwatch Developers are looking hard at some kind of role queue, but whether or not it will actually happen is still unknown.

It  certainly seems like the Overwatch devs are trying to increase their communication with the game’s community though, which is always a good thing and looks to have the community exciting once more.

For now, players still have the multitude of hero changes and the newest Overwatch hero, Baptiste, to look forward to.

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Leaker suggests Overwatch 2 release coming in early 2021

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An Overwatch leaker has revealed that the Overwatch League and Blizzcon schedules for 2021 suggest a release of the Overwatch 2 beta or full game in February 2021.

The original Overwatch title came out in May 2016 and, over four years later, the game’s extensive fanbase has been eager to find out when the sequel might finally release. With expectations of better graphics, new heroes, maps, and even modes, an upgraded follow-up to the popular Blizzard title remains a highly anticipated mystery.

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In November 2019, players of the Blizzard franchise received their first look at what’s on the horizon with a gameplay trailer that revealed a variety of new content. Now, with BlizzCon scheduled for February 2021 and recent speculation that the Overwatch League’s fourth season will return in April of the same year, a popular leaker is specifying exactly what that horizon may be.

Known as ‘Metro_OW’ on Twitter, Metro has been the source of OW2 leaks in the past and did correctly predict Ashe’s reveal in 2018. Given their track record and the surrounding context, this new leak engenders some confidence.

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As Metro explains, the rumored OWL return being pushed back to April coincides with the BlizzCon date in February to suggest a reasonable expectation of, at the very least, an OW2 beta in early 2021.

With Blizzard popularly known to prioritize revealing content at their own events, fans can be sure to expect more information at the upcoming virtual company conference. With gameplay shown in 2019, the launch of a beta is certainly within the realm of possibility.

OW 2 code in Battle.net
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Fans have also noticed Battle.net files that indicate an OW2 beta is being worked on.

If a beta is released in late-February, then that means OW2 will be playable in some capacity before the return of the Overwatch League. It would be somewhat awkward for an entire season, which typically lasts about six months, to play on the original game despite an existent beta. 

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That, therefore, grounds Metro’s expectations that the upcoming OWL season will be played on Overwatch 2 with a beta, if not the full game, releasing following BlizzCon. Theoretically, this timeline could give the beta about two months of play before an official launch just ahead of a new season of professional play.