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Overwatch 2 job listing hints at upgrades to arcade mode & highlights

by Michael Gwilliam
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Overwatch 2 is in full production at Blizzard. While it’s well-known that the game will feature a PvE campaign and a new game mode called ‘Push,’ some recent job listings may provide a hint as to what else players can expect.

A job listing for a Senior Features Engineer includes several references to non-gameplay features that could indicate that an upgrade is in the works.

Under the “responsibilities” list, Blizzard would expect the candidate to “collaborate with artists, designers, game programmers and fellow server programmers to maintain and implement non-gameplay features.”

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The listing then provides several examples of non-gameplay features including: arcade, custom games, player grouping highlights, and integration with Battle.net.

This basically confirms what many had expected in that the arcade mode and highlights will be returning to the game’s sequel, but also that further upgrades will be added.

As Dexerto previously reported, Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan has indicated that advanced stats, an upgrade to the replay tool, and career profiles are in the works for the long-awaited sequel.

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With such basic features such as the career profile and stats getting an upgrade, it isn’t hard to believe that further enhancements will be made for the features previously listed.

Notably, the Looking For Group (LFG) feature hasn’t seen an upgrade since it was first added to the game.

What this means for the future of grouping is anyone’s guess, but it’s also interesting to see integration with Battle.net listed. Could this be a sign that guilds are in the works?

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Of course, highlights did see some improvements in Overwatch when a feature was added that allowed users to download their plays. How this feature is improved upon for 2 remains to be seen, but a frequent community suggestion is the addition of dual highlight intros where multiple players are showcased.

Unfortunately, Overwatch 2 still doesn’t have a release date, but at least it would appear that the game full steam ahead. Who knows what we will see at BlizzCon 2020 and if a release window is finally announced.