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Jeff Kaplan Answers Fan Questions

Posted by Catherine Daro on Sep 04, 2016  | Comments

Jeff Kaplan Answers Fan Questions - MMORPG.com

Jeff Kaplan has taken to the Overwatch forums to answer several questions posted by the community members. The questions center on the creation of the new maps and the team behind the game. 

Interesting nuggets include:

  • The Overwatch team is a small immediate team that works on the game itself with assistance from the general Blizzard departments to create things such as animated video shorts, licensing, esports, legal issues, etc.
  • The team works from a prioritized list of features and content but allow themselves flexibility to address new tasks as they come up.
  • Ofren times unexpected issues arise that take time to resolve so that it is not always obvious what will take the most effort in development.

Something like a new map or hero takes months for us to get into a polished state that would be acceptable for release. We can get new map and hero prototypes up extremely fast, but these look very ugly and often re-use existing art assets. When we prototype things, they often are created hastily and in a way that is very buggy and unoptimized. So even though we can stand something up very quickly, if we decide it's fun and want to see it through, it can be a very long time before it gets released to the public. We're held to a very high standard so we cannot just "rush something out" and not get called out on it.

You can read the pair of detailed posts on the Overwatch forum.


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