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Overwatch Not Ready for Player Role Queues Yet, Says Jeff Kaplan

Just grab some buddies and play nice.

Overwatch players might be clamoring for role queues and it might solve a lot of problems in an ideal world, but game director Jeff Kaplan says the game’s just not ready for it yet.

“There’s two versions the community has proposed, and neither is fully satisfactory to me,” said Kaplan in an interview with Kotaku. “One is the honor system version where I queue up as a tank, but actually I want to play McCree, and the game lets me do that since Overwatch is very much about fluidly responding to the enemy team’s composition. The other version is that it locks you in. I think that also hurts the spirit of the game.”

Exit Theatre Mode

Kaplan highlighted the issues that could arise with a group finder like the one in World of Warcraft. While tanks and healers would be matched very quickly, the wait time for a DPS player might take a bit longer. He also noted that if players have their own group to play with, there’d be significantly less bickering and a lot more co-operation when it came to choosing roles.

“I do think people know what role they want to play before they play, I do think people would have more fun playing in a premade group than just sort of randomly hoping the matchmaker finds them someone with the same values as them, and I do think people’s reasons for not wanting to group are actually valid right now,” he said. “I think we need to address all those things at once before we can just get to a role queue.”

Last week, Kaplan addressed why a battle royale mode in Overwatch would be tricky, saying, “I think battle royale for Overwatch starts to get into new game territory.”

Exit Theatre Mode

Blizzard recently announced the addition of the Overwatch Archives, story mode events that would be a regular fixture in the wake of Uprising. The trailer for this week’s event, Retribution, dropped last week, and it’s full of secrets about the fall of Overwatch as well as the Archives game mode.

Retribution goes live tomorrow, April 10.

Shabana is a freelance writer who enjoys JRPGs, wine, and not finishing games. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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