MMO players are understandably concerned about the state of World of Warcraft after Blizzard’s disastrous player losses over the last few years, but Overwatch is in far more trouble. You might not like WoW’s updates, but it’s making bank – and the same can’t be said for Overwatch. (If it could be said, Blizzard would be saying it, and it’s not.) We’ve been watching the game for five years, but the last couple haven’t gone great, largely because the live shooter has been very obviously backburnered while Blizzard builds Overwatch 2, which is kind of a sequel and kind of an upgrade to the original. While Blizzard has added new players during the pandemic thanks to free-play events, it’s not clear whether those players are sticking around during the dry spell, and the abrupt departure of Jeff Kaplan pretty much freaked everyone out. In spite of the previews given at BlizzConline, it’s obvious OW2 is still a long way off.
So what is Blizzard up to in the meantime? More previews and Q&As, apparently. As promised, today the new Overwatch team and OWL leadership will be running a dev PvP livestream that’ll presumably offer another new look into the state of the developing game as well as answer questions posed ahead of time by the players. There’s an AMA coming up on the 24th too. But in the meantime, you can watch the PvP stream right here at 3 p.m. EDT.