In the first Developer Update for 2018, Jeff Kaplan, the ever-vocal spokesman for Overwatch, has laid out what players can expect for the game in 2018. While much of what Kaplan said was covered with a vague aura of mystery, there are some concrete details we can begin to look forward to.
Hero 27, which has been in development for some time still has not got a definite release date as the team is concerned more with getting it out right rather than getting it out fast, which I greatly respect. The hero is in internal testing, meaning that it should not be too long before we see the first glimpses, teases and hopefully a new short about the newest member of Overwatch. Kaplan stated that this upcoming hero is a very needed addition so it could be quite the balanced character when all is said and done.
A brand new map is also scheduled to release this year, which is a video game hybrid of Blizzard titles, providing an incredibly varied and entertaining environment, covered with Easter Eggs, courtesy of Blizzard. Along with Blizzard World, or at least inspired by Blizzard World is a series of eight new Legendary skins that are once again inspired by the behemoth studio.
- Blackhand Doomfist
- Magni Bronzebeard Torbjorn
- Ecopoint Mei
- Butcher Roadhog
- Barbarian Zarya
- Nova Widowmaker
- Immortal Orisa
- Crusader Reinhardt
In the Developer Update, Jeff Kaplan spoke about general Loot Box changes which will see more content available to earn that is not locked behind a time wall. These additions to the base Loot Box are hopefully said to be arriving later this month, and could quite possibly contain these awesome Legendary skins.
Overwatch has also got some popular events returning to the game starting with the Year Of The Dog Event that will bring significant content drops for players to collect and take part in. The Year Of The Dog follows 2017’s Year Of The Rooster event, which began on the 24th January, so we can most likely assume a similar release date for Year Of The Dog.
The second iteration of Uprising will also be making a return later in 2018, expanding the lore surrounding the event, while still presenting a similar experience for those who happened to miss it the first time around (like me). For those unfamiliar with this story based event, Uprising was an Arcade mode where players must fight against AI enemies while capturing objectives. It is the closest Overwatch has come to a true PVE mode and many fans have been clamouring for it to make a return.
Speaking of story and lore, Jeff Kaplan has stated that we will be getting an expansion to the universe of Overwatch with more comics and animated shorts (hooray!), with a particular emphasis on how each of the Overwatch heroes reacted to Winston’s recall. In case you haven’t seen the latest short, I have placed it below, because it, like all of the shorts, definitely makes an impact.
These are some of the biggest Overwatch changes slated for 2018 and it is easy to see that we have a lot to look forward to.
What are you the most excited about? Personally, I cannot wait to traipse through Blizzard World.