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Overwatch fans question play of the game changes

Published: 22/Nov/2018 16:02 Updated: 22/Nov/2018 17:15

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch players on Reddit are asking about the status of an improved Play of the Game system mentioned by Developers back in 2016.

Possible changes to Overwatch’s infamous Play of the Game system were mentioned by Overwatch’s lead hero designer Geoff Goodman in an interview with Kotaku all the way back in November of 2016.

In the interview, Goodman mentions that the Overwatch team is working on what they called “Play of the Game 2.0”, which he said would basically give more credit to players involved in the play.

He used the example of a Genji using Dragonblade on a group of enemies after a Zarya ultimate, currently the Genji would get Play of the Game, but under the new system, Goodman said both players would be recognized.

The post to the Overwatch subreddit by user rubenburgt asks what happened to the new Play of the Game system, because it hasn’t been mentioned or heard of since the Kotaku interview.

Some users responded in the comments saying it was probably on Blizzard’s to-do list, but most likely pretty far down. 

Others thought that the recent introduction of the new Overwatch World cup viewer, could be setting the stage for an overhaul of the Play of the Game system.

Play Of The Game 2.0. It was only talked about it more than 2 years ago. What happened to it? from r/Overwatch

Blizzard hasn’t responded to the post, but Overwatch Developers have mentioned “special stuff” coming in 2019, which could include an overhaul to the system.

Many commenters said they would be happy to see a new PotG system, but would prefer Blizzard focus on other issues, like hero balance, that the community has been discussing recently.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.