It looks like Blizzard is casually attempting to change the face of competitive gaming as we know it. Overwatch is the next generation FPS. It is really hard to believe it or to accept it, but the moves that the gaming giant is making lead us to a future of team play and not individual skill. The reason why this is hard to accept is mostly because of fear or greed and we will get into those right away.
The eSports scene nowadays is very popular because of some exceptional players. There are usually 1 or two people who dominate most of the games they are in and when they pair up, they are unstoppable. Individual skill is a great way of showing off and attracting fans, but the ultimate truth, no matter how much we value ourselves as individuals, is that teamwork makes the dream work.
Overwatch adds one extra player to their matches, making it a 6v6 instead of the MOBA style 5v5. Some complain about the feature, but can you blame developers for wanting to bring 1 more man into a team? A bigger team is always a better one, because more people can make up for one man’s mistake. It enhances cooperation and it adds the extra help feature.
Then there is another interesting addition that doesn’t make a lot of sense at first but, if you think about it, it can actually be super beneficial: you can have the same hero 6 times in your team. Totally unorthodox and counterintuitive, but having 6 healers is also a tactic, 5 tanks are hard to go through, 6 assassins are insane damage per second and piling up the same characters over and over again can just add to the fun factor.
But what it most interesting is the scoring system, which is similar to Heroes of the Storm. The scoring system is trying to move away from the standard Kill/Death/Assist to a Takedown/Death approach. Takedowns are Kills and Assists combined and this adds a great psychological boost to the team. You do not really need to know that one man dished out 99% of the damage and you only dealt 1%. You need to know that you worked together to accomplish something.
And this is why Overwatch is the next generation FPS: it focuses on team play, eliminating personal greed or fear by being taken over by a guy with more damage. A team worked together towards victory. At the end of the day, that is all that matters.
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