Jeff Kaplan looks to Weekly Brawls as an example for new things to happen.
Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch has been a huge success for the developer with more than 10 million registered players since launch. While the game is focused on team play and objective-based game modes, it’s possible that straightforward deathmatch could arrive in some form, some time in the far future.
Creative director Jeff Kaplan recently told EDGE (as per Gamespresso) that with regards to straightforward deathmatch, “We don’t feel like deathmatch is about what Overwatch is about. I always cite characters like Mercy of Lucio: they don’t really have a place if we create a game mode that’s just about killing other players. But we’re trying to create a lot of exploration space, and there are two elements we’re open to providing players with – I don’t know how to phrase this – almost their own creativity outlet.
“There’s the Weekly Brawl, where we feel we can break all the rules and try a bunch of stuff. If we ever stumble across something that’s amazing, it could become a core part of the game. The other place is our custom game feature – perhaps we could give players a deathmatch mode in custom games.”
Again, this is by no means confirmation that deathmatch is happening but at least Blizzard is somewhat aware of experimenting with the same. In the meantime, Competitive Play will be out sometime this month so stay tuned for more information.