Opinion: Why I Need an Overwatch Story Marketing campaign Greater than Overwatch 2


Extra story, no more of the identical.

For a sport I nonetheless spend as much as 20 hours per week taking part in, I’ll be the primary to confess that Overwatch does have its issues. Sure, the inherent issues of balancing a 30 character hero-shooter roster plague it, the problems of its loot field tradition are effectively documented, and its lack of function queue system nonetheless frustrates many. None of those, nonetheless, have an effect on my enjoyment of Overwatch sufficient; it’s nonetheless my favorite sport.

All of those points fall to the again of my thoughts after I’m within the warmth of battle in Ilios or attempting to push the payload by way of the winding backlot of Hollywood. These areas have offered me with a few of the most enjoyable I’ve had over the previous three years, however sadly that is all that they continue to be to me, areas. There is no such thing as a sense of historical past to them; I’m not tied to them in any approach past the very fact their geography is burned into my mind. With the information breaking that Blizzard are pulling sources from a deliberate Starcraft FPS and placing additional concentrate on the event of a brand new Overwatch sport, it bought me desirous about what I want to see from it.

This is the reason I need a PvE (taking part in in opposition to CPU managed enemies somewhat than different people on-line) Overwatch sport greater than I do an “Overwatch 2”. I might discover it irritating if Blizzard launched a complete new set of characters and maps with out even delving into the historical past of those that exist already. I’ve at all times thought that an Overwatch Netflix sequence can be the right approach for these tales to be instructed, however with the current information that a new Overwatch sport is on the way in which, I can’t assist however hope that it’s marketing campaign pushed. We just lately realized that Blizzard contemplate Overwatch’s story to be constructed just like the MCU. Are we about to enter section 2?

Ever since earlier than Overwatch was even launched we have been handled to a number of animated shorts, promising roundly developed characters with wealthy backstories. Issues began strongly with Winston’s “Recall”, then got here the Widowmaker and Tracer duel in “Alive”, promptly adopted by my private favorite “Dragons”. Submit-launch, although, these prolonged nuggets of lore have been produced increasingly sporadically. For years now we have now been teased with Overwatch story, however in actuality, they’ve solely been drops within the ocean within the Overwatch universe. There simply doesn’t appear to be a grand plan with regards to threading story into Overwatch because it exists now. I completely loved the brief story “Bastet”, which instructed of Ana and Soldier 76’s time in Anubis collectively, however it will have been a lot extra satisfying if it was within the context of a bigger story.

The now-titled Archives occasions that roll round every year give us a style of what Overwatch PvE might seem like. Whereas these 15 minute lengthy missions principally function a fast technique to earn loot packing containers, they do not less than try to develop some characters. Sure, they could simply take the naked bones of Left four Lifeless’s horde mechanics and gown them in an Overwatch pores and skin, however in the event you supplied me a totally shaped marketing campaign based mostly round this, I might welcome it.

Clearly, Blizzard must introduce extra selection in gameplay to weave in amongst the various hours a narrative marketing campaign may require, and that will be a giant problem. In any case, the rationale why Overwatch is so good within the first place is that it nails a single gameplay loop that retains you coming again for extra. The newly launched Workshop is a superb approach for Blizzard to see what modes and kinds of sport gamers are gravitating in direction of, which could possibly be moulded right into a future iteration of Overwatch. This “create your individual sport mode” space filled with creator instruments has already spawned some fan favourites which have been launched into Overwatch’s Arcade rotation, albeit if these are solely PvP focussed as of now.

The reality is, Overwatch’s present gameplay loop – capturing factors and shifting payloads with my associates – is as satisfying a online game expertise I’ll ever have had. But, I nonetheless crave story,  and need to know extra concerning the characters I’ve grown to like a lot. The considered hour-long co-op story missions excites me. The considered making a strike workforce of D.Va, Reinhardt, McCree and Mercy and discovering out what the core central battle is in Overwatch appeals to me drastically. I don’t need an Overwatch 2 with one other dozen heroes and one other handful of maps. True, introducing a brand new fashion of gameplay will show largest hurdle if a fully-fledged Overwatch PvE was to come back to fruition, however I’ve little cause to doubt Blizzard. In any case, the corporate hasn’t let me down but.

Simon Cardy is a Video Producer for IGN UK, and nonetheless nothing fairly provides him the joys of a Lifeless Eye quintuple kill. Observe him on Twitter.

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