Overwatch 2 director shares he wanted the shooter to return to its MMO origins
surveillance 2 Director Aaron Keller has discussed how the shooter series was “born from the ashes” of Project Titan following the cancellation of its Hero Mode.
Earlier this week, Blizzard made the shocking announcement that Overwatch 2 You will no longer receive your PvE Hero Mode, possibly the main thing that even warranted having a sequel. PvE content is still planned for the game in the form of Story Missions, only Hero Mode has been removed. Following this news, Keller has now shared his latest.”director’s shot“, a regular series of blog posts he shares on the State of the Game, where he talked about how the Overwatch team came together after an MMO called Project Titan was cancelled, with the ultimate goal of developing a shooter MMO.
According to Keller, the “Overwatch team, especially in its early days, considered itself an MMO development team” as it was “founded in the wake of a canceled game at Blizzard called Project Titan…As we we moved away from that original concept and started When creating Overwatch, we included plans to one day return to that realm. We had a crawl, walk, and run plan. Overwatch was the crawl, a dedicated PvE version was the walk, and an MMO was the run It was built into the team’s DNA from the start, and some of us considered the final game to be a true realization of Project Titan’s original vision.”
Keller explained that as time went on, “the scope grew” when it came to Hero Mode, with the team “trying to do too many things at once”. As the team began to plan for the next few seasons, it became apparent that they couldn’t include Hero Mode in the future of the game, and ultimately made the decision to cut it, with Keller writing, “as the director of this project, I have to I do my best to make decisions that put the game and the community first, even when those decisions are disappointing.”
It seems that ultimately the team wanted to make something like Destiny, itself a bit of an oddity in the MMO scene, and that it has been more successful in its sequel than in its first game.
While Hero Mode has been removed, Overwatch Season 6 will feature story missions, though a release date for this season has yet to be announced.