Overwatch players are currently in the midst of event overload. The Overwatch Uprising event ended earlier this month, and the big Overwatch Anniversary event kicked off today. So, as we head into Overwatch’s second year, can we expect this pace to continue? Will monthly events become a regular thing?
Apparently, not. In fact, we may not get any new Overwatch events during the game’s second year, with all of them simply being revamps of ones we’ve seen before. Here’s what Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan had to say about year two events in a recent Reddit interview:
“I think we need to be careful about event fatigue. Part of what makes events feel special is that they’re not happening all the time. Now, we’re hitting our 6th event, so it’s almost like an event is happening every other month. I don’t think there’s no room ever again, but I also think we should really start to take our foot off the gas pedal when it comes to events and I think the focus for year 2 needs to become, ‘What will Summer Games look like when it happens again?’
There’s a certain spirit to it – like players really miss Lucioball and they really want it back, so we should have that. We shouldn’t just press a reset button and make an event from scratch, it should be the same event that you remember from last year, but maybe we modify some things that weren’t working and add some content. I think the next year will just be refining the events that we have, rather than adding new ones, but I would never take adding a new event off the table.”
I guess it comes down to how you approach Overwatch’s events. If you think of them as annual traditions, like Kaplan clearly does, it makes sense not to add a bunch of new ones willy-nilly. That said, I think a lot of Overwatch players look at events primarily as infusions of fresh content, and the idea that year two may not have any completely new events is concerning.