Overwatch, the exemplary class based shooter from Blizzard Entertainment, as our guy Saqib Mansoor puts it in the game’s review, has a gigantic player base and that is about to get better with the Competitive Play next month. In order to ensure smooth gameplays, the developers are planning to add an Overwatch Public Test Realm alongside other features like Server Browsers!
This was revealed by game director Jeff Kaplan while outlining stuff that fans should expect Blizzard Entertainment to roll out in the future.
Kaplan says that the upcoming Competitive Play is “quite a big effort for [them] this time around” and it is demanding “almost as much work as the first version” which is probably why they wish to expand testing with a PTR like feature:
[Competitive Play is] really far along. We’re playtesting it multiple times a day. We’re also looking into/debating putting up a Public Test Realm for this feature so that we can test it in a larger environment before putting it live.
Apart from the Overwatch Public Test Realm, Blizzard Entertainment is also looking into other custom game options and further improvements to Overwatch like the addition of a Server Browser.
For Custom Games, we want to improve overall functionality but figure out a way for players to play more Custom Games with their friends or with strangers (for example, we’re researching what a server browser-type feature would look like in OW).
Of course he did clarify that these new features and improvements should not be expected to come out as early as the next update, these things are far from the end of the pipeline and will take due time before hitting live.
What Blizzard Entertainment have already done, though, is nerf Widowmaker and McCree in a recent update that was released to Overwatch.