Overwatch Battle Royale Mode On Blizzard’s Mind – Here’s Why Kaplan Thinks It Won’t Work
The popular Battle Royale game mode that everyone has been talking about lately has certainly been making waves as of late. With Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds seemingly clearing a path, more and more developers are beginning to get on board with the idea of version of their own. That being said, an Overwatch battle royale mode could be inbound, but Jeff Kaplan has his reservations.
In a recent interview, Kaplan discussed the idea of bringing the hot game mode to their hero-based shooter. While he mentions how awesome it would be to just add a card to the Arcade one day that allows players to enjoy some battle royale goodness, he does go on to state the difficulties that would come with the task.
A lot of times when I hear some of our fans pitch it, they’re like ‘Oh, just put a card in the Arcade one day that’s a battle royale mode,’ and I’m like ‘Fuck, that would be awesome. But there’s a lot of design and tech work to get us to that place and not just feel like a me-too game.
First and foremost, Overwatch is a game about heroes, and part of what makes the core loop work in a battle royale game is the search, the looting, and the fairness that everybody’s sort of equal. Overwatch wasn’t designed to be a 1v1. Every hero’s not balanced against every other hero.”
The game director has a good point, as we’re sure many Overwatch gamers recognize. In games like Fortnite and PUBG, everyone is the same at the beginning of the match. Over time, weapons and armor are picked up. When heroes are dropped into a match, they already have everything they need, including their unique abilities. This would definitely create some problems as each of the characters are different in their own way. If it came down to D.Va against Mercy, the fight wouldn’t exactly be fair.
Of course, the heroes and their abilities would not be the only issues to arise in making an Overwatch battle royale mode. Blizzard’s FPS features a lot of smaller maps, whereas the popular titles that have the game mode have massive maps, accommodating 100 combatants and giving them the space they need. Kaplan said:
I think there are also some technical challenges of large, open game spaces. Our primary engagement distance is usually around 15 to 40 meters. The Hanamura dojo point B is 45 meters across. I don’t think people realize how tiny it is. Part of what makes Fortnite and PUBG so awesome is that you can have these really long engagement distances.”
Kaplan goes on to say that the work that would be involved in creating a battle royale mode for Overwatch would begin approaching “new game territory.” It’s unknown at this time as to whether or not the developer will implement the popular game mode, but if they’re going to, they might want to start working on it soon.
Overwatch is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news going on right now, check out the following:
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.