Overwatch could get a character and a map based on every region in the world, according to the game’s principal designer Geoff Goodman. The most recently introduced character to the game is Orisa, a quadruped robot that was made in Numbani, in Africa.
In an interview, Goodman describes Overwatch‘s first year as “amazing” and describes the response from fans as “way more than what we could have even asked for,” especially the response from fans all over the globe. Although Goodman doesn’t even want to “guess” where the game might go in its next year, the designer does reveal that “we want to do every region in terms of characters and maps, and ensure the entire global community feels represented in Overwatch.” It’s just “a matter of time and resources,” he explains.
On the one hand, this is massively exciting for the global Overwatch community. While the game’s character roster already does a good job of regional diversity, with characters hailing from the United States to South Korea and plenty of places in between, not everyone feels properly represented yet with players especially eager for a South-East Asian character to be introduced. No doubt this existing diversity and global appeal is a big reason why Overwatch has 25 million players, but surely improvements on that front would only see that figure increase too.
But on the other hand, some may fear that the developer is putting a lot of pressure on itself to represent all players. There are existing things that need to be fixed and introduced such as Play of the Game 2.0 and some may fear that the developer will spread itself too thin if it also has to research all of these places, cultures and traditions in order to get it right.
It’s true that the developer could save itself some time and effort by making characters and maps for a general area (Numbani for example is the general area of Nigeria and the African savanna rather than a specific country) this runs its own risk. Taking shortcuts may cause the developer to improperly represent those places and upset global players rather than appeal to them as it intends.
Overwatch is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.