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Jeff Kaplan talks ideas for Overwatch 2 and the possibility of exploring other genres

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Jeff Kaplan has spoken about possible plans for the future of the Overwatch universe, including maybe expanding into other genres. 

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We already know Blizzard like to flesh out their worlds, whether it be in movies, card games, crossovers and whatever else. The same has already started happening for Overwatch - with a series of animated shorts, some free web comics, graphic novels and more planned to breathe life into the characters - despite the game not being out until May 24.

This hints at a certain level of commitment: Blizzard need this to be a big success; these characters need to be popular; and there's a lot invested. And that's probably why Kaplan feels so comfortable speaking about what the future might bring. 

In an interview with Game Informer, Kaplan was asked whether they were planning to bring an overworld or add any PvE elements to Overwatch, to which he responded: "Right now, the focus of Overwatch is entirely on our competitive game. We are very excited that we are going to introduce our play-vs.-A.I. feature, which is getting to be more robust. It’s going to be more like Heroes of the Storm play-vs.-A.I., where players can actually queue up solo but get matchmade with five other players and play against bots.

"I think the idea of exploring PvE in Overwatch as game developers has us all eagerly awaiting the chance to do that, whether that be in some subsequent Overwatch game that we haven’t made yet, or even in a different genre of Overwatch. I think we’re all dying to explore PvE at some point, but not for this game. Not for the initial offering of Overwatch, which is really focused on the team-based hero-action combat. So it’s something we’d like to get to someday in a different game."

The wording in that last bit certainly hints at the team cooking up ideas for a return to this universe, just "not for the initial offering of Overwatch", as Kaplan says.

What do you lot make of this news? Obviously it would be nice to get our hands on the first game before thinking about a sequel, but what other genres would you like to see explored via Overwatch? Let us know in the comments. Personally, I'd just take a Pixar-style movie. 

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2 Years ago

see to me exploring PVE is just admitting they left something out of the game, in the late 90's/early 00's games would release like Unreal and Unreal tournament with 2 sides of the same coin as separate games, but as time went on it became expected that shooters would have a single player mode, then in the last few years companies have dropped more and more of the single player and now you have things like this about talking about releasing that removed feature as a separate game.

fair enough making it something like Diablo or StarCraft but to release a PVE FPS is just releasing something that a few years ago would have been part of the game, makes you wonder if the slow removal of FPS single player was just so firms could start selling the same game twice.

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2 Years ago

I'd love PVE with this style of gameplay. Blizzard really has the foundation of something fantastic here. Got to play in the beta, really good game.

First game I've ever pre-ordered too. G2A has a pretty good deal on it - http://tinyurl.com/grnf85v

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