Blizzard Announces Their Plans With Overwatch and Discusses The Game’s Future
In a recent interview with Gamespot, Blizzard’s Assistant Game Director Aaron Keller and Senior Game Producer Matthew Hawley announced the companies plans with Overwatch and the possibility of an Overwatch 2.
When asked about the possibility of Overwatch Aaron Keller stated
“Running a live service game takes a lot of work and I hope the community knows we have been committed to continually improving the game and creating content. What people might not realise is the team now is significantly bigger than what it was when we shipped the game, and we have put all of that into working on the live game and the new maps, heroes, and events like Anniversary. At least for the time being, [supporting Overwatch] is our focus right now, and we’re excited to work on this game.”
Hawley also stated the possibility for Overwatch crossing over to the switch or on mobile.
“I think it is one of those things that we constantly evaluate. Where technology is going; where the industry is going. There are challenges in running on the platforms that we’re not already on, otherwise we would probably already be on some of those other platforms. We’ll see where things go. Certainly, there is a huge number of people out there who have Nintendo Switch and mobile phones, but right now, the core development team is focused on supporting the live game.”
Keller also stated the possibility of adding new hero’s into the game.
“There are still heroes on that list [of 50 that were pitched at the start of development] that we are excited about that we have not made yet. When we bring new people onto the team, they hear us talk about heroes as if they already exist, with their codename and everything like that, and they’re all heroes that we have been excited about for a long time. We just haven’t gotten the opportunity to make yet. There are a lot more ideas that we haven’t shipped than we have.”
With its second anniversary, Overwatch also released 50 new cosmetic items in Loot Boxes, a new death match map named Petra, and various other new features.
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