Overwatch’s recreation director Jeff Kaplan has reiterated the workforce doesn’t have a “specific number of heroes” in thoughts for the sport, however he does see the addition of recent characters slowing down over time.
Speaking with Games Radar, Kaplan stated at current, Overwatch gamers are conversant in each hero and must be maintained. This is one thing Lewis Burnell touched upon in his piece relating to hero releases, when he stated “understanding each heroes purpose, their strengths and limitations is often key to success.”
Kaplan additionally stated any new hero would want to go with “the existing cast” and never take away the value or worth of the others. At this level, the magic variety of hero releases is three to 4 per yr.
He additionally stated Blizzard doesn’t wish to “homogenize heroes by repeating abilities or variants of the same ability.”
“We still have some amazing ideas for heroes that would have unique gameplay and backstories that would fit well within our game,” stated Kaplan, “but ultimately, when it comes to heroes, we prefer quality over quantity.”
Kaplan beforehand stated, when he reveled the scrapped idea of a jetpack with a cat lying in it, that solely three to 4 heroes could be launched per yr. This is the place it stands at the moment, and he doesn’t wish to see hero improvement go “any faster than that.”
Principal director Geoff Goodman added that they workforce has “barely scratched the surface” of enjoyable issues to attempt with Overwatch heroes, and there’s a “giant list of cool ideas to try out.” This consists of new heroes and different mechanics.
“Pharah was one of our first heroes, but I remember when we implemented her I was immediately thinking of a hero that flies 100% of the time and never needs to touch the ground—that might be interesting to try some day,” stated Goodman.
“We’ve had a few experiments where we had abilities or guns that could pierce walls… what if a hero could just blast a hole through a wall? Or somehow create objects for players to run on or stand on? The possibilities are endless.”
Until new heroes arrive, you’ll be able to at all times simply change them up with new skins, and there are a lot available by Loot Box drops in the Anniversary event happening now by June 12.
And, perhaps sometime sooner or later, gamers can be handed new hero skins based mostly on different Blizzard properties. Kaplan advised Games Radar this can be a risk as Overwatch continues to grow to be “more firmly established as a Blizzard Universe.”