There is no denying that Overwatch would probably be one of the best-selling games of the year. With more than 10 million players already getting addicted to the game, fans of Blizzard's innovative new FPS have started clamoring for more. Thankfully, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan addressed a number of very important aspects of the game's future, including new heroes, battle systems and awesome new maps.
During the Overwatch trailer, many fans were quick to note that many characters which flashed onscreen did not make it to the current iteration's hero lineup. However, while the prospect of new heroes is interesting, Kaplan was also quick to note that their release would take some time.
"We have some that are very far along and others that are just getting started. We also have some prototype heroes that may or may not ever see the light of day. We do a lot of prototyping," he stated.
"I don't think we're at a point where I can really talk openly about the release schedule for the new heroes because I don't want to set expectations and then have something come up and suddenly we're backing out on a "promise" we never really made, if that makes sense," Kaplan added.
Apart from new characters, Kaplan also announced that new maps are already in development. Just like the new heroes, however, the new maps are still pretty much under construction and optimization.
"Aaron Keller, assistant game director, tried some very innovative level design tricks that we hadn't done before in Overwatch. On the upside, the map was very unique. But then we ran into problems with sight lines and the map was basically dominated by long range heroes, leaving heroes like Reaper practically useless. So if we can fix the sight lines while not losing the overall vision, that map might turn into something some day," Kaplan stated.
Lastly, Kaplan also stated that Competitive Play would most probably be brought back. During the Overwatch beta, Competitive Play was bashed by numerous players over its alleged unfair rules and system.
According to Kaplan, however, the Competitive System is close to being reworked fully, and final adjustments are already being developed.