2017 was quite a year for fantastic games. Players got titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Nier: Automata and more. But even some of the older games made a splash like Overwatch.
While Overwatch launched back in May 2015, it has reached 35 million gamers worldwide and had many new and returning players in 2017. The regular release of new content, including maps, heroes, and seasonal events, have kept players engaged and it appears the game is continuing the trend.
The game's director Jeff Kaplan, looks back at the game in 2017 and explains 2018 plans in the latest Developer Update video.
What's Next For Overwatch?
Kaplan first started the video by looking back at all the updates of 2017, with the introduction of three new fighters, new maps, new game modes and new cinematics. Then he let everyone watching know that the team is ready to deliver more content to the gamers.
He noted that Overwatch League is about to begin. With it comes skins that coincide with the league. He also hinted that the Blizzard World theme park map that players seen at BlizzCon in 2017 will be coming "very soon," along with themes that match the franchise.
He remained tight lipped on many details but did reveal that a new hero would be joining the team soon and noted they were "very needed." They could arrive any day as the development team is already testing them out. The last character to be released was the healer Moira, who came out in November.
Furthermore, he notes that new maps are also in the works and claims they are very well received. And, even more, he mentions that the developers are taking a look at the games story content in hopes of updating.
Uprising will also get a return but is to be "evolved." Something else returning is the Anniversary event, which will feature even more content for gamers to unlock. Gamers will also be able to acquire standard skins in the year long loot box rotation.
There are some other changes coming to the game, which include tweaks to the competitive play and the design philosphy surrounding them. There will be updates to the progression of the storyline, as well as the next lore-based event, the upcoming Lunar New Year and more.
Check out Kaplan in the entire Overwatch Developer Update below:
Overwatch is available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.