Blizzard Promises Amazing Characters, Features & Updates For ‘Overwatch’ In 2017, Plans Revealed!
A "Year in Review" video for "Overwatch" was posted by Blizzard Entertainment. Director Jeff Kaplan talks about all the major updates to the game following launch in May. Kaplan also dropped some hints about what might be expected to the shooter game in 2017.
Sombra balance changes were also addressed by Kaplan, explaining that Blizzard is being deliberately slow with tweaking her balance to avoid a situation same to the one the studio experienced with another DLC character, Ana. Blizzard has ideas for how to tweak Sombra, but is waiting to deploy them until the studio sees a "mastery curve" for the character, according to PC Gamer.
A new DLC map, Oasis, is on track for launch in early 2017 as confirmed, which is announced by Blizzard at BlizzCon. Currently, it is on the PTR, according to Game Spot. Fans can also expect from "Overwatch" more in-game events in the New Year, some of which are expected, themed around holidays, and other amazing themes.
Another update will be done on the communication that will enable more customization options. Said update will feature the ability to add up to four voice lines and emotes, Kaplan said. Kaplan also teased that Blizzard is working on more additional "Overwatch" DLC characters, however he disclaimed that some are only prototypes and they may never eventually come out.
Lastly, Kaplan stated that "Overwatch" in 2017 will focus on developing the server browser for Custom Games in order for players to find them more easily. This was a top-requested feature from the fans and that an initial version will be released in 2017, as reported by Polygon.
"We want to thank you for what an awesome year 2016 has been for the Overwatch community, for all of us together," Kaplan said. "And on behalf of all of us on the Overwatch team and at Blizzard, we want to wish you and your family a very warm and special holiday season. Thank you for everything you have done for us. We appreciate it."