The game director on Blizzard’s inaugural journey into the world of first-person shooters, Jeff Kaplan, has announced on the Overwatch forums earlier today that while the beta won’t be kicking off again until next month, there will be a new present to compensate.
A present in the form of a new game mode.
Jeff Kaplan wrote that taking the time to add the new game mode in, as opposed to rushing out a beta patch before the end of January, would also give the Blizzard developers the opportunity to rework the reward and progression systems.
“After looking through all of the feedback from last year, one of the things we noticed players consistently mentioning was their desire for more game modes in Overwatch, in addition to Point Capture and Payload,” the veteran developer wrote.
“Without getting into specifics, we are working on a new game mode. And we’re very excited about it! And we have some great new maps to support it, too, but we need a little more time to get everything just right.”
Kaplan uses “maps” in the plural, which at the minimum would bring Overwatch’s total map pool to 9. At this rate it wouldn’t be unlikely for Team 4 to push the map count into the double digits for Overwatch’s release later this year, which is a welcome state of affairs considering the dearth of maps other shooters have launched with in the past.