Overwatch 2 Game Director Responds to Expansion Pack Criticism
Overwatch 2 game director Jeff Kaplan responds to criticism that the new game is just an expensive expansion pack. Blizzard announced Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019 but many fans said that the the gameplay shown could have just been added to the first game as DLC.
Speaking to Edge magazine (issue 340), Kaplan said that his definition of a sequel is “a brand new game, with new gameplay and features as well as an evolution of the game world.” By Kaplan’s definition, Overwatch 2 is “clearly a sequel.” Kaplan also said that as Overwatch 2 is “an order of magnitude larger than the original game, and therefore we consider it a sequel.”
The new game will offer a good amount of new gameplay for Overwatch fans. Blizzard has confirmed that Overwatch 2 will have several new heroes, as well as a new player versus player game mode called Push. There will also be new maps, with Overwatch 2 fans suggesting that Thailand will be one location in the game. With new designs for old characters and with story missions too, Blizzard will be fixing some of the issues that fans had with the first game.
However, there are many Overwatch fans who disagree with Kaplan’s definition of a sequel and whether Overwatch 2 can be defined as such. Those who have said that Overwatch 2 is just DLC have said that as the new characters and maps will all be coming to the first Overwatch, there is no need for a new game. Overwatch 2‘s story missions will not be shared with players of the first game, but many have said that these missions aren’t worth the $60 price of a new game.
Blizzard may find success with Overwatch 2, whether fans keep criticizing the game as being expensive DLC or not. Those speaking in defense of the game have also said that games such as the FIFA and Madden NFL series just add new characters, some new stadia, and change stats each year and they sell millions of copies. In comparison to these games, Overwatch 2 is adding much more. There have also been several years between Overwatch and Overwatch 2, while these annual sports releases have just 12 months between them.
Kaplan has said that he doesn’t know when Overwatch 2 will be released. This gives Blizzard more time to get fans to support the game, but it could also leave some to feel that they’ve had their fill of Overwatch gameplay.
Overwatch 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.