Overwatch's New "Large Feature" Will Be Revealed Very Soon
Blizzard isn't finished supporting the 2016 game just yet.
While Blizzard is spending a lot of time and energy on Overwatch 2, the studio is not yet finished supporting the original game.
Overwatch game director Aaron Keller, who recently took over for Jeff Kaplan, said during a Reddit AMA (via Rock Paper Shotgun) that fans of the original Overwatch have "several exciting things" to look forward to. One of these is a "large feature" that should be announced before long. When it will be added to the game, however, is another story.
"We have several exciting things coming to Overwatch. As far as rough estimates go--one large feature will be announced somewhere in the timeframe between soon and really soon," Keller said.
That's all Keller had to say on the subject, so we can only guess as to what this "large feature" might be. This isn't the first time that Keller has suggested more might be in store for Overwatch. As part of the five-year anniversary video for Overwatch, Keller said, "Looking ahead, we're so excited to expand this universe within Overwatch and Overwatch 2."
In other news about Overwatch 1, Blizzard's technical director John Lafleur mentioned that Blizzard does not plan to release a 120 FPS patch for Overwatch 1 on PlayStation 5. This would take away valuable time and resources from Overwatch 2.
"We don't have any plans to do so, at the moment. We would have to invest a non-trivial amount of time to upgrade original Overwatch to recognize and separately treat the PS5 (it involves changing the platform SDK)," Lafleur said. "Instead, we're taking that time to focus on making OW2 the best we can on the next gen consoles."
Also in the Reddit AMA, Blizzard developers discussed an Apex Legends-style ping system for Overwatch 2, cross-play and cross-progression, beta plans for the sequel, and more.
One of the big changes for Overwatch 2 is that it's dropping the team size from 6v6 to 5v5. The 5v5 structure will consist of one tank, two support, and two DPS players per team. That's a major change from the 6v6 matches of the original game. But with Overwatch and Overwatch 2's multiplayer being compatible with one another, Blizzard confirmed to GameSpot that this change will also be introduced to the original game. However, that change won't happen until Overwatch 2 releases, whenever that might be.
For lots more on Overwatch 2, check out GameSpot's extended interview with Keller who told us about stepping into Jeff Kaplan's shoes and lots more.
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