Of all of the video games that had been revealed in 2019, Overwatch 2 was doubtless one of many least stunning of the bunch. Rumors of the sport’s existence had been floating across the web for weeks, if not months, previous to the official announcement. Leaks of emblem appeared shortly after. By the point Overwatch 2 was truly unveiled at BlizzCon, the one factor that was stunning in regards to the recreation was that it has no concrete launch date. Plus, should you look again on the final yr of stay occasions and updates for Overwatch, it appears clear that Blizzard was targeted on one thing else.
If one had been to make an informed guess on when growth began on Overwatch 2, it’d’ve been when Overwatch’s seasonal occasions stopped providing something new. The discharge of latest skins and the like continued in fact, however, for example, the Summer time Video games occasion has seen little change since its introduction. The identical could be mentioned of the Halloween occasion. The Winter occasion, whereas novel for a time, may very well be kind of recreated by the customized recreation creator instruments. You may depend the variety of story-related occasions on one hand. It goes with out saying that there’s little to distinguish between Aggressive seasons both.
The same sample seems should you take a look at the release of major Overwatch patches by way of the years. Counting solely new Hero releases, maps for core recreation sorts, new recreation sorts, and main recreation mechanic balancing overhauls (e.g. armor), there have been round 5 such updates in 2019. In 2018, there have been about seven main updates. In 2017, there have been eight or so of those updates. Sadly, the newer Heroes have additionally been noticeably increasingly more problematic, aside from Ashe. In some methods, largely on account of energy creep, new Hero releases have truly shrunk the viable Hero pool. Talking of which, regular balancing updates have additionally appeared to have slowed down.
On condition that Overwatch is a multiplayer recreation, stagnation is a significant concern. Sometimes, stagnation results in a bored viewers, a bored viewers results in a dwindling participant base, and a dwindling participant base leads again to stagnation because the builders transfer on to one thing else. Repeat as many occasions as wanted till a recreation is formally “useless.” Now to be honest, Overwatch is an previous recreation by multiplayer game standards. Having an lively participant base for a yr is usually thought of affordable. Overwatch by comparability is about to show 4 this yr. The franchise is clearly not going wherever anytime quickly. The seeming profitability of the Overwatch League all however ensures this. After all, if the League adopts a conventional sports activities mannequin, which may change issues, however that’s a complete different can of worms.
In any case, if present patterns proceed, the query is whether or not or not anybody will significantly care when Overwatch 2 releases. Overwatch 2 will nonetheless promote very properly, there’s no doubt about that. It’s only a matter of whether or not will probably be a one and achieved recreation or one thing that may carry launch pleasure into the long run. The bizarre factor is Blizzard would absolutely have a plan for a clean transition from Overwatch into its sequel, however it doesn’t appear obvious at the moment. On the very least, PTR patches are nonetheless very protected, and really gradual adjustments which can be being launched at a glacial tempo. Perhaps Blizzard thinks that the sport is presently in an appropriate place so far as balancing is anxious. There’s nothing improper with that, however it could suggest that Overwatch won’t see substantial updates till the sequel is launched, at any time when that’s.
Certainly, not having an official launch window, a lot much less a date, is oddly disconcerting. It positively raises some questions. Will we’ve to attend months till one thing new comes alongside? Vacation 2020? Subsequent yr? Is there a purpose to play till then? Nobody exterior of Blizzard is aware of. There could be no concern by any means if Overwatch 2 was a very new recreation. However as an alternative, it is basically an growth of a mode that has confirmed to be a little bit tedious, to place it calmly. Admittedly, there’s no rush for Blizzard to disclose and even do something as of now. Ultimately although, as a result of the 2 are so intently associated, they should do one thing to point out that Overwatch 2 is a recreation that individuals will need by displaying that Overwatch is a recreation that it’s best to maintain enjoying.