Blizzard Entertainment announced the Defense Matrix Initiative for Overwatch 2 yesterday, outlining strategies like SMS Protect, machine studying and audio transcriptions for coping with disruptive habits. It also outlined the First Time User Experience (FTUE) that might be out there for first-time gamers of the collection.
“We want FTUE to welcome players more gradually to Overwatch 2, as we’ve seen consistent feedback from new players feeling overwhelmed by numerous game modes and heroes.” Initially, new gamers may have entry to a restricted variety of sport modes and heroes, together with restrictions on different options. The first part of the expertise sees all modes and in-game chat unlocked, adopted by all the unique heroes (which requires “approximately 100 matches”).
(*2*); Many restrictions are usually not current when grouping up, so new gamers can crew up with pals to expertise “almost any game modes.”
Competitive is clearly not included, and with participant ranges eliminated in Overwatch 2, new gamers might want to win (not simply full) 50 Quick Play matches earlier than they will entry Competitive. “This gives new players time to prepare for the higher expectations that come with Competitive, while long-term players don’t feel discouraged by teammates who have less experience. In the process of unlocking Competitive, we analyze new player skill levels to optimize matchmaking in a way that feels good to everyone.”
Of course, that is additionally good for discouraging dishonest and disruptive habits, to not point out smurfing, since gamers might want to make investments a big period of time and effort for a similar. It additionally helps to establish new accounts made by cheaters or abusive gamers earlier than they will have an effect on different modes and gamers.
It’s value noting that the First Time User Experience impacts those that have made accounts on or after October 4th when the sport launches. “Anyone who played prior, as well as Watchpoint Pack owners, will not have to play through the First Time User Experience.” This probably consists of those that tried out the primary sport throughout free weekends.
Blizzard additionally confirmed that Endorsements would now fall into one class per match as a substitute of three. Only your crew members will be endorsed, and these with excessive Endorsement ranges will obtain Battle Pass expertise. It’s additionally value noting that Portrait Borders are additionally being eliminated, with title playing cards and titles taking their place. Finally, General Chat goes away because it served no productive function.
Overwatch 2 goes dwell on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, PC, and Nintendo Switch subsequent week. Stay tuned for extra particulars within the meantime.