The Overwatch developers did a live stream that focused on potential future changes to the game. In it they talked about doing a role queue and maybe future heroes. So lets break it down. 

Maximilian was sort of confirmed as possibly being the next hero. If you haven't played the newest Archive Event, he is featured heavily in it. While they did not confirm that he is the next hero, they did say that he is in the works.

Echo is playable, but was in fact confirmed to not be the next hero. 

Sojourn\Junkerqueen was teased as being heroes in the future. 

They talked about features, and how their focus is now shifting towards giving us stuff what we have been asking for for some time now. Jeff did say that a guild/clan system will not be coming in the near future. He likes the idea, and the devs like the idea, but it is extremely hard to do.

No more hero reworks! They are just going to focus on balancing and not reworking heroes. 

I will post the rest of the break down below for you all to read. 

  • 1 huge surprise feature coming up before Anniversary event Jeff is hyping up, described as a "passion project".

  • Another heavily requested feature coming end of summer (hinted towards being some sort of role queue).

  • Jeff says he personally resonates with the idea of forcing a 222 rather than subjecting others to peer pressure and unstable MMR.

  • Does recognize DPS queue times would be 15 minutes long as a con.

  • Might enable quests/challenges to encourage non DPS play.

  • F2P possibly happening, vague answer.

  • Cross platform play is something they'd love to do but no plans.

  • Overwatch on Switch not being ruled out.

  • More new heroes being worked on internally than ever before - possible expansion pack 2.0 coinciding with F2P.

  • Brand new arcade game modes coming - inspired by other shooters.

  • Excitement internally surrounding making a new core mode aside from payload, control, 2cp, hybrid - no timeline.

  • Developers are attempting to test some solutions to 2CP as a game mode - 1) tried moving defense spawn for A closer to prevent snowball, was a failure because even more stall 2) spawn delay system for defenders may get returned.

  • Feedback on Storm Rising criticism - taking negative criticism of it seriously 1) Maybe they need to relabel the difficulties because many thought it was too easy 2) Less tension led to it feeling shorter and underwhelming 3) Admit they only spent 6 months on it whereas all other PVEs took over a year.

  • There will be a new D.Va skin in the new Anniversary event that will "break the internet"

  • More comics are coming

Now onto something that just dropped today. 

The PlayOverwatch Youtube channel just did a developer update where Jeff announced a new feature called "The Workshop". The Workshop is a way for us, the community, to create our own game modes. Something the community has been asking for. You can hear Jeff explain the whole thing right here. 

We can literally now mod the game, granted its limited as we can't make characters or maps, but it is a start which is awesome and something I will be playing around with eventually. I don't know if this is the "passion project" that was mentioned in the live stream. 

This has been James with Game Fix. Game on everybody! 

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