The Original Overwatch
Overwatch debuted just over three years ago, and there’s already talk of a possible PVE sequel to the FPS. Overwatch consists of two teams fighting to push a payload, capture a point, or complete a hybrid of the two. Not long after it’s release, Overwatch became a popular eSports, and it’s fanbase seemed to grow continuously. Blizzard obviously wants to capitalize on Overwatch’s success, but is this the right way to go about it?
According to sources, Blizzard canceled a StarCraft FPS to put more resources into Diablo and Overwatch, specifically Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. Overwatch 2 will be primarily PVE, comparable to Left 4 Dead. I expect these games to be Blizzard’s big BlizzCon announcement’s in November.
It’s important to remember that these are just rumors. Even if Blizzard is working on Overwatch 2, it doesn’t mean that it’ll ever be released. It could be scrapped much like the previously mentioned StarCraft, so don’t get your hopes too high just yet.
Are We Ready for a Sequel?
My answer; no. I understand that this is only a rumor. Even if it does come to fruition, it will be years down the line before we finally see a finished product. I’m not sure if this is where Blizzard should be focusing their energy. Overwatch has some significant problems to deal with before we even contemplate playing a sequel.
For example, I don’t think Overwatch has enough content. The maps are cool, and I love the characters, but releases always make me want just a little bit more. More lore based events could help the player base reconnect with the game. I’m also a firm believer that holiday events are becoming a bit obsolete. While I enjoy the changes these events bring to the game, I think they would be better if they focused more on events in the game world instead of real world holidays.
Overwatch still has a lot of balancing issues. The inconsistency with who Doomfist can punch out of ult, the existence of stun abilities, and Bastion’s point and click adventure all decrease enjoyability of the game. While I understand it can never be perfect for everyone, I think the game is going to lose more players if it doesn’t address these issues.
Overwatch 2 sounds amazing, but Blizzard needs to be spending more time fixing their already released game before Overwatch 2 can become a reality.