Blizzard Entertainment's Jeff Kaplan Hints at New Heroes, Maps, and More Future Content for Overwatch
Since its release last month, Blizzard Entertainment’s first-person team-based shooter Overwatch has captured the hearts and minds (and playtime) of gamers around the globe, with the studio having given a few more details to share what may be on the horizon for the game in the coming months.
In a forum post by game director Jeff Kaplan on Battle.net, the company outlined a few new features and content that will be coming to the game “throughout the rest of the year and into early 2017.”
While mentioning things like content updates and patches (as have been recently released to balance specific characters), Kaplan said “our big focus right now is Competitive Play,” saying that while adding ranked play was a feature the team wished to include near launch, he added that “it’s really far along.” While no specific release timeframe was given for the mode yet, Kaplan explained that the company is considering a “Public Test Realm” for Competitive Play to “test it in a larger environment before putting it live.”
Kaplan also addressed that new heroes are also in the works to include in the game, mentioning that the team has “some that are very far along and others that are just getting started,” along with various prototypes that may or may not see release. He also added in the post that the team is not setting a firm release schedule for the inclusion of new heroes just yet, though hopefully new details on them will be coming in the near future.
Kaplan added in the post that new maps are also in development for Overwatch, with a mix between maps that “are in prototype and playtest phases right now,” with some that “will become real maps and some of them will be totally scrapped.”
Other details that Kaplan explained included new features that the team is experimenting on, with a specific mention to “make a lot of improvements to the spectator/broadcast/observer functionality in the game,” along with other improvements to existing features such as Highlights/Play of the Game, Brawls, Custom Games, and more. Kaplan also mentioned the possibility of taking in-game progression further, expanding the game’s customization options, and much, much more.
Overwatch is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.