Overwatch 2's Canceled PvE Mode Was To Help Create An Overwatch MMO

Aaron Keller has recently revealed the team's vision behind Overwatch; how the PvE mode was meant to be a step toward an Overwatch MMO.

SullysCigar132d ago

So Blizzard is taking away from people that already put money into the game in order to facilitate their next game? Scum.

Snookies12132d ago

Not to mention it's an MMO... So, they're trying to get recurring subscription money off people rather than a one-time payment lol.

porkChop131d ago

That's not what it says. They aren't making the MMO. Overwatch was originally an MMO called Project Titan. That game was cancelled and turned into Overwatch. The plan was to build a campaign and then eventually work their way up to an Overwatch MMO as their next game.

Gardenia131d ago

The game is free to play. If someone put money into the game that's there own fault. And it's because of those people who put money into battle pass that companies like Activision put battle pass in games.

SullysCigar131d ago

I do agree with you, but this is like slapping the idiots giving you money round the face. Even as someone unaffected by this - as I didn't put any money into it - I still think it's a sh!tty move.

All we can hope is that the people who have just been mugged actually learned something and withhold their cash next time.

Rude-ro131d ago

The PvP is free to play…
The campaign was going to be through a purchase.
Not sure if they ever did pre-orders etc being that the og sales pitch was as such.

-Foxtrot132d ago

Who the f*** wants an Overwatch MMO

SinisterMister131d ago

I mean, like LordoftheCritics said, if done right, it would've been really really cool.

Michiel1989131d ago

I agree, but I can't see that team pulling it of. Their PvE content in the past has been terrible. Yes I had fun with some of it, but in general it was very low quality.

sadraiden131d ago

You can literally say "if done right, it would be really cool" about anything.

SinisterMister131d ago

@sadraiden, then such is life, my friend.

LordoftheCritics132d ago (Edited 132d ago )

If done right, it would be a massive mmo.

It's Activision, don't think there's a right.

Kaii132d ago

How about we talk about the outright lie/manipulation into releasing OW 2 with pve as the core missing piece when you knew beforehand that you benched it last yr.

Illegal to Lie to Investors*
Just general practice to lie to your fanbase*

lodossrage132d ago

That's no excuse.

They gave people the sense that overwatch 1 closing was in part BECAUSE of the PVE mode overwatch 2 was meant to get. So they end a game people paid for, pivot to a f2p, then take away the biggest reason for said pivot. All with the explaination of "it's for an mmo".

But as usual, enough people will keep buying and thus predatory companies will continue their ways.

Chevalier131d ago

It's absolutely garbage that I can't go back and play OW1 which I enjoyed immensely so that Blizzard can go and change their minds on what they promised just to chase this F2P garbage.

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Epic Games CEO addresses layoffs, reveals future of Fortnite

After laying off numerous employees, Tim Sweeney, the company’s founder and CEO, sent an email about the situation. The 52-year-old businessman clarified why the layoffs happened and even shed some light on the future of Fortnite.

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Jin_Sakai1d 11h ago (Edited 1d 11h ago )

Good on them doing this at least.

“we’re offering a severance package that includes six months base pay and in the US/Canada/Brazil six months of Epic-paid healthcare. We’re offering to accelerate people’s stock option vesting schedule through the end of 2024 and are giving two additional years from today to exercise the options. In the US we’re also offering to vest any unearned profit sharing from their 401k. And we’ll provide benefits including career transition services and visa support where we can.”

Knightofelemia1d 7h ago

I wonder how much of a bonus the CEO will get after this decision?


Would be "too much" for us, but probably it's "not enough" for the greedy bastard...


Epic makes way too much money to have to lay people off of the spent that money smartly. Tim wasted money on exclusives for their store when it could have gone to paychecks for people.

Mikeyy16h ago

Epic put all their eggs in one basket with fortnite, they should have continued with the development of unreal tournament and got that game going as an arena shooter that's free to play with a huge cosmetic cash shop.

But your CEO knows what their doing.... laying off people so the board doesn't see exactly how much you stuck. The usual playbook.


Why PlayStation Fans Are Cheering CEO’s Departure

Jim Ryan oversaw the successful launch of the PlayStation 5. His four-year tenure was also marred by several flubs.

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Battlestar231d 2h ago

I understand why Sony is trying to develop gaas titles as even if only 1 or 2 are a hit that means a nice stream of revenue for them and a foundation for further gaas games to build on. Their single player games sell great but with gaming budgets getting bigger and bigger the more the games need to sell. So if they develop gaas games and get a hit that will help migrate some of the cost.

Jin_Sakai1d 2h ago

Bye Jim. You won’t be missed.

“But over the last two years, Ryan has overseen a PlayStation shift toward “games as a service,” a popular industry buzzword referring to video games, usually multiplayer, that can be monetized over long periods of time. It’s been an uncomfortable pivot for some of Sony’s studios, which have spent the last decade building out teams of experienced developers to make big, cinematic adventure games that are played solo."