If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
There could be some big changes on the way for Overwatch as Blizzard's Vice President has said he wants the game's sequel to be more like VALORANT than League of Legends. It's no secret that Blizzard has been secretly working on what's next for Overwatch, but now, the developer's well-laid plans are starting to become a little clearer.
In recent times, it's become a three-horse race between Apex Legends, VALORANT, and Overwatch. Where Blizzard's title once reigned supreme, there's no escpaing it has some fierce competition these days. Speaking during a Reddit Ask Me Anything, Jeff Kaplan explained how he wants to steer Overwatch away from being a multiplayer online battle arena and toward being a first-person shooter.
Kaplan's comments came out after a discussion about Overwatch's growing power creep issue. When the conversation turned to what's next, he added, "My personal feeling is that i would like to see less barriers and cc and see the game trend slightly more in the fps direction than the moba direction". Given the popularity of VALORANT and the runaway success Riot Games has been experiencing, Kaplan might be wise to take a leaf out of its rival's book.
The idea of stripping back the character roster and nerfing game-changing abilities including the likes of Reinhardt Earthshatters could prove popular, but then there's also an argument of how much of Overwatch will really be left?
Elsewhere, the AMA proved to be an Overwatch goldmine when Kaplan confirmed crossplay is coming to Overwatch 2. He also called for Nintendo to add Blizzard heroes to the Smash Bros. roster.
Come on though, if they can't even put Waluigi in the game, what hope do Winston or Widowmaker really have? That being said, who else can imagine Wrecking Ball taking on Kirby? Shut up and take out money!
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