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Overwatch concept shows how awesome shared POTG highlights could be

Published: 4/Feb/2020 23:19 Updated: 4/Feb/2020 23:28

by Bill Cooney

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An new Overwatch concept attempts to show how multiplayer shared Play of the Game highlights could work in the game, and it looks pretty impressive.

Play of the Game highlights show up after every Overwatch game and while the quality of each POTG may or may not live up to expectations, it is always nice for players to see their names up in lights.

Over the years, players have suggested multiple changes and ideas they think could make the highlight system better, but one idea that people seem to keep coming back to is combo or shared clips for multiple players.

Blizzard EntertainmentUltimate combos can be some of the most devastating moves in Overwatch, but only one player gets credit in the POTG currently.

Reddit user Frogmjf decided to see what POTG highlights with multiple players could look like, and the results are pretty impressive.

“I’ve seen it talked about on here before but having multi-player POTGs would be awesome!” Frog wrote on Reddit. “I threw together a few concept videos of how that would look because I’m obsessed with stuff like this and the highlight intros chain perfectly together.”

“I like that feeling of surprise that you get right before the POTG when you want to know who got POTG after the match,” he continued. “I designed this concept to make it feel as if you don’t know how many players were involved and what team, since each animation stacks on top of the next.”

The two-player highlight is just a simple split-screen, and the Play of the Game in question could be shown from each of the perspectives of the heroes included.

Three players would be a little more difficult to show in the highlight. The intro screen certainly looks cool, but how a three-person POTG would be shown after is interesting to think about.

If a three-player highlight seems difficult to pull off, then a four-person highlight would be even more insane. But Frog’s four-player concept does look clean either way.

It certainly seems possible for Blizzard to add multiplayer POTG’s in the future or with Overwatch 2.

The big challenge, however, would be figuring out how to make the highlights themselves work since it’s obvious from Frog’s video the intros already go together pretty well.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.