The past couple weeks have been quite the rollercoaster. The devs have put out good updates and continue to work on balancing and fixing bugs every week. We’ve had the release of overwatch. We’ve seen a pretty steady decline on the pc side of things, leading to really poor matchmaking times, which adds to the decline. And all of this got me thinking. What will the future of this game be? We can expect skins, heroes, campaign missions (paid), PvP modes, and PvP maps as well as new features like a spectator mode. What is the ultimate goal though?
Currently I believe gbx has one particular goal in mind with the future that has guided their decisions: To become an E-Sport. While there are some on consoles, nearly all major E-sports take place on pc. How can gbx expect to ever become an E-Sport if their pc community keeps dwindling? More importantly, from an objective standpoint: Why should gbx try to become an E-Sport if their pc community keeps dwindling?
Gbx has said in multiple indirect ways in which trying to become an E-Sport has restricted this game. Aiming towards E-Sports for the future removes time and resources that can be spent elsewhere for future updates. Skin creativity is limited due to recognizability and hit box sizes. But what if they stopped trying to become an E-Sport? What if they focused on making content more fun and less competitive?
I’m of the firm mindset that I won’t surrender when losing because I don’t care if I win. I understand that my character has a role to play and I will try to help my team win. But I think playing the match is much more fun than winning it. I think perfectly placing an ice wall behind an enemy trying to escape as Kelvin is INCREDIBLY more satisfying than winning. I think playing the game and it’s characters is the important and fun part of the match. Congratulations to all the Marquis’s that cheesed the sentry before the patch, I’m sure you had so much fun not playing the game and instead just going for the win.
So I ask why not focus on making this game fun (even more than it is)? Make this game goofy. The dialogue already is and it’s fantastic for it. Make fantastic costumes like cowboy orendi. Make new modes that focus on playing more than winning. Make an alternative alani special effects that uses lava instead of water. This game oozes creativity, but is still held back. I say let the floodgates open.
And hey, once everyone realize how awesome this game has continued to become one year from now, maybe it will reach E-Sport status with a revived pc player base. Til then, see you guys in game!