Overwatch Developer Update Hints What’s to Come in 2018

​The first developer update of 2018 has been released, as Jeff Kaplan had some things to say about the year in review, as well as detail what’s to come in the new year.

In the video, Kaplan mentions the Oasis map, Orisa, Doomfist, Moira, the various new game modes and all of the additional content that made 2017 what it was for Overwatch. He also highlights the things to come in 2018. The Overwatch League skins, the League itself, and the Blizzard World map were the only things he talked about in any sort of specific manor, but he also mentioned a 27th hero, calling them “awesome” as well as “needed.” New maps are in the works as well.

He went into some detail regarding the competitive scene, too. “Short-term, strategic” changes are what the team is focused on, according to Kaplan. Season 8 will discard the skill-based skill rating metric for players who are Diamond and above. For the long-term, Kaplan says they are planning how they will evolve the platform over time.

Story is also a big subject that they want to focus on in 2018. Kaplan said that they noticed how much people liked the recent Winston and Mei shorts, and want to work on more shorts, comics and more.

Uprising will be making a return in the New Year as well. The co-op mode was available for a limited time during 2017 and Kaplan says that they want to give players a chance to play it that didn’t get to the first time around.

Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland 2017 has ended as of the first of the year, so next up will be the Chinese New Year, which takes place in February. 2018 is the year of the dog.