Overwatch’s ‘stagnation’ is the direct result of Blizzard working on Overwatch 2

    
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If it’s seemed to you like Overwatch just hasn’t gotten as many fun seasonal events or unusual updates for a while, that’s because it’s true. According to Jeff Kaplan, the reason for that is pretty predictable to anyone who either watched this year’s BlizzCon or paid attention to the news surrounding the title subsequently, because yes, all of the effort that could have gone into new seasonal modes or whatever has been redirected entirely into Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 was 100 percent the reason […] and that was the reason that we were so excited to announce Overwatch 2. We now feel like we can have that open dialogue with the community of, ‘This is what we’re doing, this is why we’re doing these things.’

Kaplan was quick to emphasize once again that new heroes and maps will be arriving for both games when the sequel launches, and moving forward from that, there was the implication that live events will be shared between both games. He also stresses that the original game is not being abandoned and that there are new things in the pipeline (it’s worth noting that features like role queue in Overwatch were added over the past year, after all). That having been said, since there’s still no hint of a release date on Overwatch 2, players might well expect the content drought to continue for a while longer, seeing as Kaplan has also stated the game will not be finished before BlizzCon 2020.

Source: Kotaku

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Dobablo

Blizzard have been criticised over leaks, attutude to leaks and the sequel/expansion thing and I understand the logic but they still messed up. Once they announced any form of new game they had to say that cosmetics would carry forward otherwise people would stop buying loot-boxes. They had to announce a new game because people were getting tetchy about lack of event updates on live. They could of saved themselves lots of bother and not rushed an announcement of OW2 before they were ready by resourcing OW1 enough to churn out minor season updates and keep players distracted.

TL:DR. An extra head working on OW events would have spared them all the blowback over OW2.

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Bhima Jenkins

I mean, I get all the cynicism with anything Blizzard currently, but as someone that likes Overwatch’s art direction, and gameplay style but doesn’t really want to play twitch-based PvP, I’m actually interested in Overwatch 2’s co-op missions. If done right, it could be a better executed Destiny.

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Dug From The Earth

Wow… this concept is pointless.

OW2 is mechanically just an expansion that the devs are semantically choosing to call a “sequel”.

Its no different than Shadowlands is for WoW (or any other past expansion). WoW stagnating because of an expansion announcement is the exact opposite of what happens. Players know “I get to keep everything I have now, and everything I earn, for the expansion” which is NO different with the OW2 situation.

I could understand it in a game like Call of Duty, where EVERYTHING you are doing is completely, 100% wiped away. New world, new character, new weapons, new unlocks, and everything you already did in this game, is lost.

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Bruno Brito

They’re literally doing this to charge a box price on features that OW players were asking for years.

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Dug From The Earth

That box price would exist if they were selling it as an expansion, or a sequel.

Most blizzard expansions cost as much as a full game.

40+ dollars.

The semantics of the label they give it is just marketing pointlessness.

As for making players pay additional money for features they want… Thats kinda how it SHOULD be. Hear me out.

40 bucks got us everything that is currently OW. Which is pretty decent. Several game modes, lots of events, tons of characters, maps, cosmetics, etc.

Why is it that despite players feel like companies should just continue to add to a game for FREE for the entire lifespan of the game? No business works that way. Do people pay for a meal once, and then expect to eat free the next time they show up to the restaurant?

Sure, some games provide very little for their initial purchase, after which the devs try to nickle and dime their players to death with added content. Overwatch is not one of those.

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Bruno Brito

True, but i don’t think they would sell these features as a xpac, for some reason. The “New game!!” PR gives them a more solid footing to monetize this shit all over again.

Do people pay for a meal once, and then expect to eat free the next time they show up to the restaurant?

Depends. Does the restaurant has a card/promotion for that? If so, yes.

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Dobablo

Brand new features, all new stuff, no carry over = New game
Brand new features, all new stuff + carry over of old progression and content = expansion. In that case of target have expansions over sequels any day.

Full backwards comparability is a positive feature and not a reqressive step that demotes a game from full fledged sequel to cut-rate expansion pack. Let a game stand on its volume of new content added.

All we have so far is an announcement. Rather than arguing about scimantics, why we wait until we have an idea about how much new stuff is being added and then argue about how much new stuff is required to make a distinction between sequel or expansion.

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hurbster

How long does it take to sell the same game again ?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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David Blair

So when did the stagnation start? Didn’t they just add Sigma a few months ago? How much less did they add this year from last year?

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Sorenthaz

I don’t think they’ve added any new PvE content to events or done any new custom map modes? Might be wrong. But they also did give custom map editing tools to folks to play with so that’s gone some way to help.

But I guess the general pacing has kind of been slow for a AAA game. Other hero-based games usually get new characters much faster.

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Coming summer of 2020 – The Rio Summer Games events! Now with new lootboxes! I’m sorry, it’s Tokyo now! But still Rio! We won’t be using Mei – she is a Chinese Revolutionary! [XI APPROVED PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT]

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Bruno Brito

The Rio Summer Games events!

>:C

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Bruno Brito

seeing as Kaplan has also stated the game will not be finished before BlizzCon 2020.

I feel for the Overwatch players.

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Anton Mochalin

What’s the problem for Overwatch players? Did Overwatch somehow become less playable?

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Bruno Brito

Uh, yes? They just announced that the game will lack content, content that they’ve been asking for ages, that will be avaliable behind a new box price.

People who play online games, want to see them evolve. The community will always exist, but not having updates hurts the base of the community.

Why would people play a updateless game?

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David Blair

“Why would people play a updateless game?”
You just posted a comment down below about Chess. An updateless game. That people still play. Online even.

I get what you’re trying to say, but that last sentence… maybe “people who play online games” is too general a categorization…

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Bruno Brito

My mistake, but still. Chess has an entire spectrum of nuances to it, tha Overwatch doesn’t.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I mean… did people actually need this spelled out? I knew that was the case the moment they announced OW2. Though, the idea that the game is over a year away is disappointing.

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Dantos

I just realized that Overwatch is trying to become Battleborne….

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Anton Mochalin

If Battleborn did what Overwatch did (i.e. release a solid well-optimized and well-balanced PvP game first) it wouldn’t be as dead as it is now. And I have 300+ hours of Battleborn played so I know what I’m talking about.

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James Crow

and still i like BB more than OW :)
and i played both of the games

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Drago

Overwatch 2 what for ? more Toxic junk..