By Mike Malpiedi
Over the past week I, like many Overwatch fans, have been enjoying the most recent game event, Overwatch: Uprising. Just like Junkenstein’s Revenge, the new PvE mode is a blast to play! It is easy to find yourself lost in game after game while trying to get your hands on those precious, new skins (Seriously, that Blackwatch Genji, I need it now!). To put the icing on this already sweet cake, Uprising happens to be the first bit of in-game story content we have received thus far… but it is only available till May 1st.
This has got me thinking, why doesn’t Blizzard just add a permanent story playlist to the game?
Not a campaign mode with scripted dialogue and plot, but just a simple playlist that utilizes story event game modes. It would be cool to see a playlist that captures each story event mode as they arise; starting of course with the recent Uprising PvE mode. If there is anything that Overwatch fans are asking for it is more lore and story content featured in the game. It is definitely a nice change of pace that Blizzard is putting a focus on story events instead of holiday events, but it is a shame to know that our time with these bits of story will be fleeting.
It would be great if Blizzard just kept the story content in the game within a playlist that players could go back to and play to their hearts content. It would add an extra layer of variety to an already stellar and diverse game since each story event would bring custom variants of pre-existing maps (like the current Uprising variant for King’s Row). The story game modes can still be ushered in through a major in-game event, and be the featured mode for a specific period of time, but it shouldn’t disappear like the other holiday-based modes.
It is apparent that Blizzard will be supporting Overwatch for years to come due to its immense popularity, so it is vital that the developers keep the game-play feeling fresh and exciting to avoid it ever feeling repetitive. The additional character releases, holiday events, and added arcade mode have done an good job of this thus far, but I feel that the addition of a permanent story playlist would better ensure that fans of the game stick around for years to come.
It would also be a nice touch for players that don’t always have the most time on their hands between work, social obligations, and other games. I know that there are many other players, like myself, that don’t always have a lot of time to enjoy the Overwatch events, so having this playlist would allow players to continue enjoying the story content even if they missed out on the initial launch event.
What are your thoughts on Overwatch‘s current story event? Do you think it is time for a new playlist? Maybe the game does need a campaign mode? Sound off in the comments!
If you haven’t been able to take part in the new event, check out our previous article which gives details on Overwatch: Uprising.