If you’ve started to notice that the community in Overwatch has started to turn vicious in the past few weeks, you’re not alone.
In an interview last week, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan acknowledged that the longer a PvP game is out, the more some players’ “dark sides” start to emerge. The good news is that steps are being taken to combat this developing toxicity and to encourage community togetherness.
“There are some systems that under the hood we’ve been tweaking as well,” he said.
A lot of this is very black box — and for a reason. We don’t talk about it because if we talk about it too much, players can exploit behavior.”
One example Kaplan cited was improving how Overwatch’s report function works, while another was brainstorming a way to let players continue to fight in matches with friendly combatants.