The new and highly praised team shooter, Overwatch, is coming upon its second competitive season, set to release September 6th. And with the new season, Blizzard is releasing the new map, Eichenwalde, the Assault/Escort hybrid map set in an old German town. Along with the news of the new map and new season, Overwatch has been keeping the community busy with the mystery surrounding a possible new character named Sombra. However, with all of the news and updates some fear that too many additions could lead to the retiring of older characters within the game.
The game director of Overwatch, Jeff Kaplan, recently said in an interview that there is no current talks of retiring any heroes in the near future. In relation to the conspiracies surrounding Sombra, the Overwatch team believes that the community is “making mountains out of molehills”. It seems that, what began as a fun, in-game, mystery surrounding a possible new character turned into a frantic search for possible clues and theories that, half the time, are fabricated by the community. It’s all fun and games until people start actually going crazy over the mystery. Kaplan and his team have yet to comment on the Sombra mystery but the game director did state that it is highly unlikely that new heroes will be added to the game in the near future. Whether or not this means Sombra will still be added before season 2, as is predicted by the community, is still is a mystery. With Sombra set aside for the moment, Blizzard has openly released information in regards to the release of the second competitive season.
Season two’s biggest improvement revolve around the ranking system. The new ranks will range from 1-5000 and will consist of 7 different tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Grand Master. The new ranking is being put into place in order to further reward better players and create a fair playing ground among players of all skill levels. On top of the new skill tiers, Overwatch is also ridding competitive play of Sudden Death. This addition is graciously accepted by the community, since there were many complaints around the entire Sudden Death system in competitive season one.
It seems that Jeff Kaplan and the rest of the Blizzard team is really listening to the community and attempting to constantly correct issues and improve the already great shooter. One can only hope that improvements will continue to be made as the game progresses and hopefully, there will be some sort of closure surrounding the mystery of Sombra, for the community’s sake.