The voice lines and endearing character interactions are one of Overwatch‘s biggest draws, and hearing-impaired Overwatch fans will soon be able to experience the joy of Torbjorn throwing quips at Tracer, or Hanzo and Genji having a brotherly quarrel, thanks to an upcoming subtitle support feature.
In response a new thread about subtitles for hearing-impaired players over at the Blizzard Forums, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan revealed that the team is working hard on adding subtitle support into the game. With the current Uprising event being the first Overwatch game mode to offer subtitle support, Kaplan states that the underlying technology and systems are in place and the team are working on extending subtitle support to other areas of the game.
While it is not yet known when subtitle support will be implemented into Overwatch, news of this feature has been warmly received by the community’s hearing-impaired players, many of whom state that this will help them counter Ultimate moves involving voice lines, such as Junkrat’s RIP-Tire or D.Va’s Self-Destruct.
“Uprising is the first event to support subtitles. We now have some of the underlying tech and systems in place to proliferate subtitle support to other parts of the game. The team is very passionate about adding subtitle support.”
This upcoming subtitle support feature is just one of many updates that the development team has in store for the multiplayer shooter in the coming weeks. Just recently, Kaplan revealed that the team is currently working on six new maps for Overwatch and hope to get these out as soon as possible for the fans, as well as to coincide with the game’s one year anniversary.
Beyond the new maps and subtitle support feature, the development team also have some ambitious plans in the long-term in regards to new Overwatch characters and the future direction of the game’s maps. The game’s principal designer Geoff Goodman stated that the fan reception across the world has been “amazing”, and that the team wants to introduce new maps and characters based on every region in the world as a way to represent the entire global community, though it remains to be seen how this will pan out due to matters relating to “time and resources”.
Needless to say, Blizzard’s post-launch support for Overwatch has been nothing short of impressive and fans certainly have a lot to look forward to in the coming months, especially with a mysterious “major surprise” in the works for E3 2017.
Overwatch is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.