Overwatch 2 Director Talks About Steam Review Bombing

Director talks about how Blizzard disappointed fans of their controversial decision to cancel PvE mode and more.

Overwatch 2 Director Aaron Keller has recently responded to the Steam review bombing on the platform after the game’s launch on it.

Overwatch 2 Review-Bombed on Day One

Overwatch 2 launched on Steam a few days ago, on August 10, 2023. Unfortunately, it was quickly review-bombed on Steam and became the worst user-reviewed game on the platform ever. It currently has a score of just 0.96 based on an approval rating of 10 percent from 92,028 votes.

Game Director Discusses Disappointment

Keller addressed the review bombing on Blizzard’s official website. He was happier that new players have joined the game rather than the fact that it has been criticized heavily on the Steam platform. He says this had more weight than the review-bombing.

“We also launched on Steam last week, and, although being review-bombed isn’t a fun experience, it’s been great to see lots of new players jump into Overwatch 2 for the first time,” Keller wrote. “Our goal with Overwatch 2 has been to make the game more accessible than ever for more people than ever before.”

Moving Forward

Keller then discussed their decision to cancel Overwatch 2’s PvE Hero mode, which made the game community wield their pitchforks and rally against the company. This is one of the reasons for the community to review bombing the game. He also shared the vision for the game going forward and promised it will be one worth seeing through.

“Many of the reviews on Steam mention the cancellation of the much larger component of PvE that was announced in 2019 as one of their primary reasons for dissatisfaction with the game,” Keller said. “I get that. That announcement was about an ambitious project that we ultimately couldn’t deliver.

“If we can’t turn back the clock, then what can we do? We can keep adding to and improving Overwatch 2. That is how we move forward. This means more maps, heroes, game modes, missions, stories, events, cool cosmetics, and features – an ever-expanding, evolving, and improving game. This is the future of Overwatch. One where we will continually create and innovate on what is making the game great now for the players who are playing now.”

There are smaller PvE story missions to look forward to instead of the canceled PvE Hero mode, but would still not make hardcore fans happy. It was one of the modes that they were looking forward to and now it was not going to happen anyways. It will be difficult for Blizzard to change their minds going forward unless they can make better preparations later and finally release PvE later.

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