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Seagull reveals his frustrations with current state of Overwatch in rare YouTube video

Published: 15/Nov/2018 20:31 Updated: 15/Nov/2018 20:49

by Bill Cooney

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Popular Overwatch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned discussed the current state of the game and his own frustrations with it in a YouTube video posted on Thursday.

Seagull touched on a few of the points in the video during a stream on November 8, where he said he would make a longer video soon.

In the new video, the streamer says the fundamental issue with Overwatch is that “Good games are really good and bad games are really bad, they need to find a way to normalize the experience so when I click on competitive it’s not a coin flip.”

Hard counters are another issue in Overwatch Seagull brings up. For example, if a player on your team chooses Tracer, and the opposing team has a Brigitte, that Tracer has to switch.

“How did we go from this depth of ‘if they do this I can do this’ to a more rock paper scissors way of playing?” The streamer asks. “You can be the best Tracer in the world, but just Brig existing counters Tracer.”

Seagull also said he thought ultimate abilities might be a little too powerful, “There needs to be more focus on the nuances of Overwatch, when ults are too powerful it’s just ‘I have more Q’s so I win.'”

L.A. Gladiator’s player Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts said Seagull made some good points in his video, but didn’t offer any solutions on how to fix the problems he mentioned.

Most of the heroes released since the game came out in 2016 are the type that can kill another player 1v1 very easily unless they get help from their team, to which Seagull laments that “All of these factors just add powerlessness frustration and when people feel like that in a solo queue environment they’re toxic towards each other.”

The streamer goes into much more detail on each of his points during the full video.

“I love this game,” Seagull explains towards the end. “I don’t want just another hero release or two or three hero releases per year with a couple maps and we call it good with some recycled holiday events. I want to see true change, I want to see Overwatch be better than it ever has been.”

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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.