As much as a local co-op split-screen experience is considered rudimentary for consoles, Blizzard is not interested in releasing such a mode for Overwatch.
Since the release of the popular team-based online vibrant shooter, many from the community have been requesting the developer to allow them to enjoy the multiplayer from the same couch. Posting on the official forums, lead software engineer Bill Warnecke explained just why that will never happen.
“Local co-op would be really cool but it’s not something we’re working on right now,” he said. “Getting great performance on the console for this mode would be a significant amount of effort.”
Warnecke also added that a split-screen, whether horizontal or vertical, would greatly “change the experience of the game.” For a shooter, especially one that is pursuing competitive play, the field of view is very important. Limiting that would ultimately force the developer to make other iterations in order to ensure a great experience. The hectic challenge is best left on the shelf for the time being, as far as Blizzard is concerned.
Do note that the recent Overwatch: Uprising event featured a co-op experience where players teamed up to fight against waves of enemies. Hence, it is not something impossible for the game but Blizzard is currently busy sorting through other priorities. Perhaps the future will find the developer changing its stance.
In other news, the new Horizon Lunar Colony map is scheduled to go live today. According to lore, it was established by Lucheng Interstellar for the sole purpose of space exploration. A team of scientists took with them a group of genetically enhanced gorillas in order to test the effects of prolonged habitation in space. However, the experiments did not last long. The gorillas launched an uprising, killing all the scientists and claiming the lunar-base for their own.