If you had any concerns about Blizzard’s post-launch plans relating to new heroes and maps for their upcoming “hero shooter” Overwatch, you can put your mind at ease.
In a Developer Update video posted by Blizzard on the Overwatch official blog discussing popular community topics, Game Director Jeff Kaplan confirms that new heroes and maps created post-launch will be free, and not sold as DLC for the game:
“So, one of the top things that always comes up, that people want to know about, is ‘what’s going to happen with Overwatch post-launch, in terms of additional heroes and maps?’ [...] So, we thought about this, and we decided the best way to add them to the game is to patch them is as free content, and not as DLC. So, hopefully, that alleviates some concerns that people have [...] “
This should be great news to hear for players out there who were concerned about how Blizzard would approach adding new content to the game after its’ release.
Many players may have been worried about Blizzard adding additional content to Overwatch as paid DLC, especially when referencing their latest releases, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, which both have some implementation of paid add-ons available as either cosmetic, like card backs and hero outfits, or additional game content, like Adventure packs or the purchase of newer heroes. With this announcement, it looks like Blizzard is focused on delivering an even experience for all players intending to give Overwatch a shot.
Overwatch is currently in beta, with players gaining access via invite only at this time, but it will be going offline for an extended break starting this Thursday, December 10 at 9:00 am PT. The beta should return sometime in mid-to-late January 2016, although no specific date has been set. Overwatch should release officially in Spring 2016 and is available for pre-purchase at Battle.net.
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