On August 10, Blizzard released the highly anticipated Overwatch 2 season six. The update, also called Invasion, quickly made up 75,000 concurrent players. Unfortunately, the majority of them said they had negative reviews like Overwatch 2: Invasion became the worst ever game on Steam.
Overwatch 2: Invasion was review bombed on Steam.
Gamers aimed at showing their displeasure for one of Blizzard’s recent decisions. The company began the gaming campaign by shifting its monetization strategy to enable paywalls to lock some free versions. Secondly, Blizzard didn’t stop telling its promise and released a promised PvE mode fans hoped would enjoy.
The events, the shutdown of Blizzard games in China, wreaked the calamity of many Overwatch 2 fans elicited, and they ran a review of the game through Steam to show their displeasure.
One day ago, Overwatch 2’s director Aaron Keller published a report that covered the situation. In a post, Keller said that, according to their ‘core players’, Overwatch 2 is “in the best state it’s ever been.”
He continued that, “Many people told us that it feels like we’re really listening to their feedback and that this season is the culmination of that.” Hearing is amazing.
Keller acknowledged the highly negative reviews that Invasion received on Steam. He chose to view that event as a glass-half-full situation, but noted that he welcomed new players in the game.
In his words, “We also launched on Steam last week” “Before the first time, although review-bombed isn’t fun, it’s been great to see a lot of new players jump into Overwatch 2 for the first time.” Our goal with Overwatch 2 was to make that game more accessible as ever for more people than ever.”
The director of Overwatch 2 said that the game is the best it has ever been despite the review bombing.
Keller admitted that the negative review was due primarily because his studio didn’t deliver on the promised promised price.
We appreciate Keller’s willingness to tackle the issue with a focus on the subject but to not shy away from it that is not true. We thought he would apologize to the game’s ardent fans for what happened, but he didn’t. Because he didn’t do that is a wasted chance to tell fans that Blizzard can take full responsibility for the lapse and assure them the studio has their best interests at heart.
What we think Keller did right was outlining the way forward. Instead of focusing on what went wrong, he pointed out the future with promised growth and improvement.
According to him, Blizzard’s plan for Overwatch’s future is to “continually create and innovate on what makes the game great now for the players who are playing now.” To do that, they will develop “more maps, heroes, game modes, missions, stories, events, cool cosmetics, and features.”
The Steam review bomb is not the only problem that a first-person shooter has been able to face. In its second-quarter earnings report, Blizzard revealed that the player engagement had dropped. Despite that, the executive producer of Overwatch two believes that there is no concern. We wrote about his thoughts on this subject in this article.
Overwatch 2 is available across all major gaming platforms, including PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X and S, and PlayStation 5.