In an interview with Gamespot, Aaron Keller spoke about what his vision for Overwatch is as the new game director, and one of the key points he touched base on was on how the game will try to have more updates. The interviewer, Tamoor Hussain, asked if Keller was planning on changing Overwatch 2 to feel more like live service games (he proceeded to name Fortnite, Warzone, and Apex Legends as examples).
The game director stated that while he cannot speak specifics on where the game was going, and whether it would "have a battle pass or not," he will focus on the values of the game first.
"The values for Overwatch 2 are that we want the game to feel like it has a constant heartbeat, that there are a lot of updates to the game, and that the community knows that it's kind of our first priority moving forward."
Keller then highlighted how the team has created almost as many maps for the live game as they did when the game launched, and there are almost as many heroes for the live game as when it launched. The way players remain engaged is not necessarily through new maps and heroes, but rather thanks to the new game modes and seasonal events that are created. He says that this is something that he starts looking forward to in terms of what the game should do in the future.
Overwatch's New Game Director Speaks On New Updates and Vision
While the Gamespot interview delved into various subjects like what awaits Keller as a game director, what "traditions" would be kept, and how the Overwatch team functions, Hussain also asked if there were any new announcements that he could share (or leak.)
Keller then says, "Yeah, there are really big features and systems coming soon. As big as anything we've built for this game, and the amount of resources that we've poured into these has been massive across almost every aspect of our team to do it."
"Those will be coming out soon. I don't have a date that I can announce right now. Hopefully, it's something that we'll be able to start talking about sometime in the near future, but I am very excited for them and I can't wait to see people's reactions."
For the time being, is does not appear as though micro transactions in Overwatch or battle passes will be as prevalent as its contemporary competitors, but we cannot wait to see how Aaron Keller will interact with the community going forward as a game director.