Blizzard Is More Concerned About Making Overwatch Fun Than Monetization Plans
Blizzard’s Overwatch is looking very promising, and the developers’ main concern is making it fun.
Game Director Jeff Kaplan was in a recent interview, and he talked about a lot of things concerning Overwatch. He talked about the developer’s priority which is making the game fun, then thinking about “how many ways in which we can monetise people.”
He also talked about how people are already asking about expansions and sequel plans, even before the game’s launch. In addition to that, he confirmed that maps and heroes will be added “as free content updates when we patch them in.”
“Right now, our biggest concern with Overwatch isn’t about how many ways in which we can monetise people, but it’s more along the lines of making sure that the game is really fun and that we get a really big audience that enjoys playing the game with each other. From there, it’s easier to figure out what to do.”
“It’s funny, we have people asking us about whether we’ll sell skins, and then what happens if there’s a sequel or an expansion. It’s almost shocking, you know. We haven’t even launched this game yet and people are already asking about sequels. Like, if we did that, would heroes and maps be free there? They’re so concerned about the long, long term future, but it’s really hard to know. If there was a sequel or an expansion, that would be its own thing that we’d figure out at that time.
“We don’t have everything figured out at this stage. But we do know that for Overwatch 1, we want to do heroes and maps as free content updates when we patch them in. We don’t know exactly what we’re doing with the progression system and customisation at this point, but we have some really strong ideas.”