The Overwatch Workshop launched on the PTR for PC on Tuesday and fans immediately got to work creating crazy content. As game director Jeff Kaplan declared in the announcement video, new community-driven game modes, heroes, and experiences are on the horizon.
Seeing her cheery demeanor as she slowly freezes enemies to death, many in the community have dubbed Mei “Satan.” Wouldn’t it be fitting if she set foes ablaze with the blue flames of hell?
While Roadhog’s hook catches people and drags them in, Widowmaker’s allows her to swing through the map. What if Hog could do both?
Beyond just prototype heroes, fans are creating brand new custom game experiences.
Ever wanted to race across the streets of Numbani? Thought Super Hot would be good with multiplayer? Wanted to play Gun Game? Battle Royale? Bumper Cars?
All these and more have already been created by Overwatch players with the Workshop.
The new workshop feature in @PlayOverwatch is INCREDIBLE, there are going to be so many amazing custom games made with it. I have no idea what I'm doing but still managed to make basic Hammond racing with the help of my stream 😀
If you wanna play too the import code is: JWY47 pic.twitter.com/6PzzQgnKOC
— Fenner (@DanielFenner) April 24, 2019
But the Overwatch Workshop could also potentially be good news for esports. While Blizzard is able to control the patch played on by pros in their own Overwatch League and Contenders tournaments, third-party organizers lack that privilege.
Once the Workshop fully launches for PC and consoles, players will only need to enter a short code, and suddenly, matches can be played on the same version of the game all tournament long. Regardless of Blizzard’s balance changes, tournament organizers might be able to essentially revert patches and maintain consistency.
Fans have only just started to really delve into what’s possible with the Overwatch Workshop and the results already speak for themselves. As creators get deeper and deeper into scripting, it remains to be seen what kinds of intricate mods will be built. For more Overwatch content, see our recent interview with Lucy in Disguise, or check out Blizzard’s official Overwatch Workshop announcement.
I fell in love with Tomb Raider for the PS1 as a 4 year old and have gamed ever since. While I’ve meddled with the pro scenes of a couple games, I only really got invested with Overwatch for which I’ve been a pro player, coach and analyst in the tier 3 scene. Nowadays I mostly just play Overwatch, some Pdx Grand Strategies and R6 Siege but my favourite video game will forever be Star Wars Republic Commando. RIP Sev, you’ll always be remembered.
Disclosure: I’ve been a tournament admin and writer for The NUEL. While I am unlikely to cover the UK collegiate scene I still believe it important to disclose.