Contemporary off the announcement of Overwatch 2, Overwatch sport director Jeff Kaplan says that, whilst the 2 will first of all exist as totally separate merchandise, that received’t all the time be the case.
Chatting with Kotaku, Kaplan stocks that the crew has plans to merge the purchasers for the 2 video games one day, a step that will stay all of the Overwatch and Overwatch 2 participant base contained to at least one unified model.
“There might be some degree the place the purchasers merge. We expect that is necessary, particularly as a aggressive revel in,” Kaplan tells Kotaku. “The entire thought is to keep away from fragmenting the participant base and giving anyone a aggressive merit. If we’re taking part in in the similar aggressive pool, you’d higher now not have a greater framerate simply since you’re on a unique model of the engine.”
Overwatch 2 exists as some way for Snowstorm to introduce extra cooperative modes and narrative into the Overwatch franchise, all whilst construction at the player-versus-player basis laid through the unique. As a part of that, each the unique Overwatch and its sequel are set to proportion maps, even sooner than the 2 merge into one shopper.
Snowstorm president J. Allen Brack elaborated at the reasoning for doing so in a contemporary investor name, noting that “the idea at the back of that is we have now labored laborious to construct a robust group and we need to transfer ahead as one.”
He explains that new player-versus-environment modes goal to carry new gamers into the franchise, all whilst enjoyable longstanding participant requests for extra narrative content material it the previously-PvP centered sport. Even that PvE content material, on the other hand, maintains Overwatch’s center of attention on replayability.
“One of the vital issues that you just alluded to and I feel is value in point of fact more or less articulating is this concept that the crew has round redefining a sequel,” Brack presented in keeping with a query on Overwatch 2’s monetization. “And in point of fact what does that imply?”
“And so, when you consider for PvP, we have now communicated that the entire gamers of Overwatch will play at the identical maps as gamers of Overwatch 2. In different phrases, there will be one map pool,” he continues. “Then we have now additionally introduced that each one gamers can have get admission to to the similar set of heroes. And the primary for that is that nobody is left at the back of and that we in point of fact don’t seem to be splitting up the group.”