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Jeff Kaplan teases “radical” changes coming to Overwatch multiplayer

Published: 5/Dec/2019 22:23

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has hinted at some unexpected upgrades coming to the game’s multiplayer.

In an interview with Edge magazine, via Unit Lost, Kaplan was asked if there was anything about Overwatch that he’s glad the team has a chance to balance with Overwatch 2 currently being developed.

He explained that while the team is hard at work redesigning the look of the original game’s heroes and they are completely revamping the user interfaces, there could be even more changes coming that would greatly impact the multiplayer.

Blizzard EntertainmentWhat could the ‘radical’ multiplayer changes be?

“We are experimenting with more radical changes for PvP internally – but I don’t want to commit to any of those yet,” he added. He went on to reference the addition of role lock and how with the Role Queue system, major changes that can improve the game will be added to the game instead of waiting for a sequel.

Radical PvP changes sound like they could be just about anything, but they are major. The use of the word ‘radical’ implies a huge shift in the game, something similar in size or scale to that of Role Queue which flipped the game on its head.

Unfortunately, Kaplan didn’t elaborate on what those changes could be, but the fact they are being internally tested potentially even for the standard game, speaks volumes. Just recently, Overwatch introduced a map pool for competitive seasons and a natural evolution of this would be to allow users to vote on which map they want to play on.

An Overwatch animated series?

In the same interview, Kaplan touched on his ‘dreams’ for Overwatch and the team’s vision. He told Edge: “We’ve always thought of Overwatch as a universe, not a single game. The original game was the first expression of Overwatch, but we dream of what other forms of media could feature Overwatch. Movies? An animated series? What other game types would everyone love to see in the Overwatch universe? We hope that the characters of Overwatch exist far into the future and are expressed in ways that we can’t even imagine today.”

With the lore in Overwatch finally picking up steam heading into the long-awaited sequel, an Overwatch animated show or movie could bring an even bigger audience to the popular franchise.

Blizzard Entertainment Overwatch animated series? Take my money.

It is expected that an Overwatch mobile game of some sort would be in development if it isn’t already. At BlizzCon 2018, Executive Producer Allen Adham said the company was working on mobile titles for all of their IPs.

It will be interesting to see what is announced in the near future for Overwatch.


Why an Overwatch 2 delay could be a blessing in disguise

Published: 17/Jan/2021 23:38 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 23:41

by Bill Cooney


We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever on Overwatch 2 and everyone wants to see big news at BlizzConline 2021. But if we don’t get a release date, we shouldn’t be treating it like the end of the world.

The hype around Overwatch 2 was incredible when the first trailer and gameplay were revealed at BlizzCon 2019 but, after that, it steadily died down to little more than background noise with no official updates or news whatsoever coming from Jeff Kaplan and the team since.

Really, it’s only coming back on everyone’s radar because of BlizzConline, the online replacement for the canceled 2020 convention starting on February 19. Of course, we don’t know anything about what’s officially going to be covered there, but so far people have been saying we could see anything from just a few shots of new heroes, maps, and other content, all the way to a full-on release date.

But, drawing a line in the sand with a set date could be one of the worst things to do to the game before it even comes out.

Everyone obviously wants to play a good game day one on release, but, we’ve all come to expect to be drip-fed information on the newest upcoming titles at every stage, and to know roughly when they’re coming out. This hasn’t happened for Overwatch 2, and to say people are starting to get anxious over it would be arriving very late to the party.

The way it works though is if a game has a set release date from developers of publishers, then it becomes news when or if that date gets delayed or pushed back, and you better believe the pitchforks will come out on Twitter when people find out they’ll have longer to wait.

You may have seen where this is going, but take Cyberpunk 2077 for example — from E3 through the lead-up to the release (which was delayed multiple times) we were shown video after video of incredible-looking gameplay and promised an immersive, futuristic world to get lost in. We got neither.

Instead, most of us got a bug-filled mess that barely worked unless you had a high-end PC or the latest gen console, and even then it still didn’t deliver everything that was promised. It was so bad, Sony even pulled it from the PlayStation store. Now, just imagine that happening to Overwatch.

Overwatch 2 concept art
Blizzard Entertainment
Concept art, screenshots, trailers, and a bit of gameplay are basically all we’ve had to tide us over since 2019.

Not to say Jeff and the Overwatch team aren’t capable of delivering an amazing product — they’ve proven they can do that already — but for the sequel to be the best that it can be, they should take all the time they need. We all want to play OW2 ASAP, but if they need to hold off on a release date a while longer to avoid a broken, buggy joke, then so be it.

“I don’t know, I have no idea,” Kaplan said about a release date all the way back at BlizzCon 2019. “Just let us make it great, that’s all we care about more than anything, we don’t have a date in mind.”

That kind of thinking might be a bit of what endears Jeff to the community, as someone who worked on World of Warcraft when today’s “Classic” was just the entire game, he’s one of the last links to the “old Blizzard,” one that even had its own definition of the word “soon™” coined by fans, which is good to keep in mind as we continue to wait for Overwatch 2.

“Soon™: Copyright pending 2004-2021 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. “Soon™” does not imply any particular date, time, decade, century, or millennia in the past, present, and certainly not the future. “Soon” shall make no contract or warranty between Blizzard Entertainment and the end-user. “Soon” will arrive some day, Blizzard does guarantee that “soon” will be here before the end of time. Maybe. Do not make plans based on “soon” as Blizzard will not be liable for any misuse, use, or even casual glancing at “soon.”