The Overwatch Echo release has happened on the PTR, and the next phase will be for the new Hero to arrive on live PC, PS4, and Xbox One servers. So far, no launch date has been confirmed by Blizzard, but it’s expected to happen next month. However, since Echo was announced as the final Hero coming to Overwatch before the launch of its sequel, more news has been shared by Blizzard.
Game Director Jeff Kaplan has shared more on the unique challenges of launching Echo during the Coronavirus outbreak.
As shared by the Daily Star, Kaplan revealed on the TimTheTatman Livestream that the team wants to launch Echo in the coming week.
“Hopefully it’s a few weeks, and not much longer than that,” Kaplan revealed.
“A lot of that depends on the direction that the world in general goes right now. We’re keeping an eye on that, and how functional we can remain as a team.”
Adding: “It was crazy how quickly we evacuated the office, and a lot of people still can’t even work from home.
“Some people only have one computer at home, and their significant other is also trying to work from home.
“So we’re trying to figure out all of those logistics right now, and keep the live game running, and make Overwatch 2 at the same time.”
WHEN IS ECHO COMING TO PS4 AND XBOX ONE?
Based on earlier character launches, we would expect the Overwatch Echo release date to be set for April 2020.
As mentioned above, things could run differently with Echo due to current world events and the ongoing development of Overwatch 2.
But a wider prediction would be for the new hero to be added to the game by April 23, 2020, although no guarantees have been provided yet.
It should also be noted that Echo will be introducing a new unique ability to the game which will make it possible to duplicate other Characters.
This will allow Echo to gain use of their abilities and could make it more of a challenge to catch all the bugs that could be created through this process.
Another factor is the recent release of the new experimental mode, which Blizzard has confirmed isn’t intended to be used as a PTR.
However, it will be interesting to see if this new experimental mode will change how Blizzard goes about releasing Echo on consoles.
The final phase of the new character release will be the launch of Echo in Competitive Mode, which will happen sometime after the AI becomes available in-game.
It’s unclear if this too could be pushed back due to the current situation and how the Overwatch League schedule is changing.
“One lesson we’ve learned in this ongoing health crisis is that we need to stay as flexible as we can in terms of league operations and scheduling,” a message from OWL explains.
“We will always put safety first, and that means responding to new developments immediately and being willing to change our schedule and format wherever needed.
“We are working closely with our teams in an effort to keep bringing amazing matches to fans all over the world and appreciate all of the patience and understanding we have seen from our fans as we shift plans. We will release updated schedules for future weeks as soon as they’re available.”
Published at Mon, 30 Mar 2020 03:33:00 +0000