In 2016, Blizzard launched the hero-shooter sport Overwatch to widespread crucial acclaim, establishing it as some of the profitable and progressive video games of its era. Blizzard has stored Overwatch followers engaged with common content material updates, including new heroes, maps, and extra to the combination in an effort to maintain issues recent. Nonetheless, help for Overwatch has slowed down these previous couple years, as Blizzard has set its sights on the franchise’s future.
Overwatch 2 is in energetic growth, and was beforehand believed to be launching throughout the first half of 2021. The newest data places the Overwatch 2 launch date someplace in 2022, with no specifics obtainable on the time of this writing. Overwatch stays a massively well-liked sport, nevertheless, and so one has to think about that Blizzard has some plans for it in 2021 past the standard seasonal occasions.
On February 19, Blizzard will focus on the way forward for Overwatch throughout its BlizzCon 2021 presentation. Whereas it is anticipated that the corporate might be primarily targeted on Overwatch 2, one has to think about that there might be some related data for the unique Overwatch sport as properly, particularly for the reason that two video games share their PvP modes. It is unclear precisely what might be introduced for the primary Overwatch sport at BlizzCon or later this yr, however that is what we wish to see from the hero-shooter.
These days, crossplay is an anticipated characteristic for on-line multiplayer video games. Regardless of this, Overwatch doesn’t have crossplay help. Whereas introducing crossplay between the console and PC variations of Overwatch would possible lead to some main points, it might be nice to see crossplay added for the PlayStation and Xbox variations of the sport, not less than. This could assist strengthen the Overwatch on-line neighborhood and make it even simpler for gamers to get into video games.
Blizzard shocked Overwatch followers with new hero Echo in 2020, however Echo was the one new hero added to the sport for the whole yr. Her addition to the Overwatch roster got here as a shock as many followers anticipated Blizzard to attend for the Overwatch 2 launch earlier than including any new heroes to the sport. That is nonetheless the final consensus, however there are lots of the reason why Blizzard ready for Overwatch 2 so as to add new heroes could be a mistake.
With the Overwatch 2 launch date not anticipated till 2022 on the earliest, it might be nice for Blizzard to maintain the bottom sport alive with some new hero additions. Maybe Blizzard might add the previously-revealed hero Sojourn to Overwatch, or perhaps it may well add some new, unrevealed heroes to the sport as properly.
Whereas it might be nice for Blizzard so as to add new heroes to Overwatch in 2021, it might be a bit extra lifelike if new maps got here to the hero-shooter as a substitute. Because it stands, numerous new maps had been revealed for Overwatch 2, however once more, with that sport not anticipated to return till 2022, perhaps it might be greatest if Blizzard used a few of these maps to maintain followers of the bottom sport busy whereas they wait to get their palms on the sequel.
Blizzard might additionally create model new maps and add them to Overwatch in 2021. The newest addition was the Kanezaka Deathmatch map, however Deathmatch is not practically as well-liked as Fast Play and Aggressive Play, so it might be nice to see some new maps for these modes added to Overwatch in 2021 as properly. Because it stands, the final Overwatch map added to Fast and Aggressive Play sport modes was Havana, and that was all the way in which again in 2019.
A wide range of video games have been getting next-generation updates that improve them on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Collection X consoles. These updates typically add new options, however normally they’re targeted on enhancing a sport’s efficiency. A next-gen replace for Overwatch might enhance the graphics and body fee, whereas additionally including help for next-gen unique options. On PlayStation 5, this might imply Overwatch supporting the distinctive capabilities of the DualSense controller for issues like adaptive triggers and haptic suggestions, to not point out 3D audio.
With Overwatch 2 not anticipated till 2022, a next-gen replace may very well be the shot within the arm that the unique sport wants to remain related all through 2021. What precisely an Overwatch next-gen replace would entail is difficult to say, nevertheless it may very well be an effective way for Blizzard to maintain its followers engaged with the sport whereas the look ahead to Overwatch 2 continues.
In response to poisonous gamers who throw video games by selecting characters that are not wanted, Blizzard applied a job queue in Overwatch. The concept was that gamers would be a part of a aggressive sport in distinct roles, so that they could not change off a Tank hero or a Harm hero. This additionally noticed Overwatch implement a strict 2-2-2 system, the place every workforce was balanced with two Harm heroes, two Help heroes, and two Tank heroes.
Whereas this may occasionally have been a good suggestion on paper, the issue is that it appears the overwhelming majority of Overwatch gamers are extra interested by enjoying the Harm position than anything. This triggered Overwatch to have some extreme matchmaking points, the place gamers would discover themselves ready extreme durations of time to get into video games. Fortunately, Blizzard has pulled again position queue considerably, making it doable to play Aggressive with out going into position queue.
If something, position queue makes extra sense in Aggressive Play than it does Fast Play, but it’s nonetheless in Fast Play. The position queue experiment in Overwatch appears to have completed little past making it harder to get into video games, so perhaps it ought to be faraway from the sport totally at this level.
Overwatch in its present state closely favors the PC model of the sport. The PC model of Overwatch will get new heroes sooner via the Public Check Area, together with maps and sport modes. Overwatch has a big playerbase on consoles in addition to PC, so hopefully Blizzard considers introducing parity between the completely different variations of the sport so everybody can strive the brand new content material on the identical time.
Like many different extremely aggressive video games, Overwatch has a difficulty with rage quitters. If issues aren’t going somebody’s method, they might drop out of a match, which may make it not possible for their teammates left behind to win. In Aggressive Play, this basically signifies that those that selected to not rage give up are going to be docked SR, although it is not essentially their fault and there may be nothing they’ll do about it.
To make rage quitting much less harsh for the individuals on the fashion quitters’ workforce, maybe Blizzard might cut back the SR that Overwatch gamers lose when this occurs. Alternatively, it might make it so solely the individuals in a celebration with the fashion quitter lose SR, in order that method individuals cannot coordinate and have somebody on their workforce give up matches to guard their teammates’ SR if it appears like they’re about to lose.
Like different dwell service video games, Overwatch has modified dramatically within the months and years since its preliminary launch. The unique model of Overwatch would permit gamers to have greater than one of many identical hero on any given workforce, and lots of the heroes themselves had been very completely different from how they play right now. Harm hero Symmetra, for instance, originated as a Help hero, and had utterly completely different skills.
Different Overwatch characters have been a part of huge reworks as properly. One other good instance of that is Help hero Mercy, who used to have an Final that might revive the whole workforce concurrently. There are a lot of different examples of this all through Overwatch‘s roster, and it might be fascinating for Blizzard to carry again these authentic variations of the characters as a part of a particular Throwback Mode. The logistics of pulling this off could imply that it is not a sensible enterprise, but when Blizzard might pull it off, it might make for an fascinating Arcade Mode.
Overwatch is out now for PC, PS4, Change, and Xbox One.