Overwatch seems like the gift that keeps on giving. A wonderfully made, team-based shooter with MOBA elements, amazing animated shorts, and continuing additions in the form of new maps, characters, and items. Still gamers crave more. If you’ve even sniffed Overwatch, you probably know that the title is basically a multiplayer only game. No singleplayer or in-game story to speak of. Strictly speaking that is. The world’s lore and plot are usually told through tie-in comics and the aforementioned animated shorts. You’ll also know that there is currently no map editor alongside the title’s current fifteen maps. Sadly, one of them will not be happening (for the foreseeable future) and the other will take quite some time to implement.
Everyone’s favorite Overwatch representative, and meme master, Jeff Kaplan recently sat down with Gamespot in a lengthy interview. They talked about a lot including the possibility of a story mode and a map editor (as well as peanut butter). Regrettably, we have to report that Mr. Kaplan isn’t keen to the idea of a campaign in Blizzard’s baby. The magnitude behind it would be too much for the title.
“For a 6v6 PvP game coming out with a whole single-player campaign is like making a brand new game in and of itself. I’m not sure our players understand the magnitude of development that would go behind that. But certainly it’s a fascinating idea.”
So there’s no chance it’s happening anytime soon, but it is on the table. At least teetering on the edge just out the family dog’s reach who’s waiting for its morsel. The map editor on the other hand is more likely if Jeff’s comments are anything to go by. Just don’t expect it right away due to the complexity of it.
“It was more getting a statement out there to say, philosophically, we’re totally on board with things like a map editor. The problem is because we’re a brand new engine, for us to get our tools in players’ hands is literally going to take years. It’s not even something I could say like, ‘Oh that’s our top priority now and in the next couple patches you’ll see it.’ It’s literally years away, the amount of work it will take to get there someday. But philosophically, the team is super excited to someday get there. But it’s not trivial.”
Two big content additions and two long wait times if at all. Still the online only experience continues to grow stronger nearly a year after release. We’re sure plenty of Overwatch agents are plenty happy with the old and new content alike that Blizzard has created. You can read the entire interview here if you’re interested.
What are your thoughts on Overwatch getting a story mode and a map editor? Do you think it’s worth the time and effort? Also, in a completely unrelated way, let us know who you main! Mine is Reaper and I know that makes me incredibly cool.