Overwatch Has a Plot, But No Single-Player Campaign

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Overwatch shooter BlizzCon 2014 was very special because of one big reason: Blizzard announced its first new IP in over 15 years -- Overwatch! The team-based multiplayer shooter is a big departure from the games the company normally releases, but it’s fresh and -- frankly -- looks like crazy fun. Unfortunately, Blizzard’s renowned storytelling won’t be part of the gameplay experience... Overwatch does not have a single-player campaign. While no one will be happy to hear that, Titanfall has shown that not every game needs single-player to be a hit. In fact, judging from what we saw in its announcement and gameplay trailers, Overwatch looks primed to make a big splash on the eSports scene. DON'T MISS: There is an Unlikely Connection Between Overwatch and Project Titan In an interview with Kotaku, game director Jeff Kaplan explained why there is no single-player in Overwatch:
“I don’t think we would ever do a single-player campaign, because the way these characters work… they’re cool when you combine them together. Some don’t play well alone, either. Unless we built a campaign around supporting somebody else, a support character like Mercy probably wouldn’t do well.”
To compensate for the lack of single-player storytelling, Kaplan says each character in Overwatch has an interesting story that will be explored both in-game and from external sources. Given that this is Blizzard we are talking about, chatter between characters and quality cinematics will likely be used to flush out each fighter’s plot. Another game that employs a similar strategy is League of Legends. The world and champions of Riot’s MOBA have a lot of back story and context, but you don’t learn much about any of that in-game. Considering how successful League of Legends has been, we get the feeling Overwatch won’t be held back by its lack of single-player. Blizzard’s FPS is all about quality multiplayer action, which will take it a long way in eSports. Do you have a problem with that?

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