It’s been almost a year since Overwatch hit the scene, and over the course of that time, Blizzard has kept the game fresh with new maps, new modes, and new characters. However, the game could receive an update that ensures a steady stream of community-created content for the foreseeable future — a map editor.
Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan said that the development team was “open-minded” about the prospect of a map editor being added to the hugely popular multiplayer FPS. That said, he acknowledged that adding this type of content wouldn’t be easy.
“Because Overwatch was made with a brand new engine, this is not a small task or one which can happen any time soon,” wrote Kaplan in a post on the game’s official forums. He went on to confirm that Blizzard is interested in the potential of user-generated content.
It’s no secret that multiplayer games can extend their longevity by relying on the community to keep things fresh — this strategy has certainly paid dividends for Valve and Team Fortress 2. However, people love Overwatch because it’s a competitive experience, and amateur maps could upset the game’s careful balance.
At this point, it seems like Blizzard is simply keeping its options open with regards to the future of Overwatch. The arrival of a map editor is a possibility, but it’s clear that it’s not a priority at this moment in time. Instead, the studio will continue to fill out the game’s roster, with new tank hero Orisa joining the cast today.
Overwatch is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.