Blizzard Entertainment has announced that a new workshop mode will be added to Overwatch for players on PC and console. This new mode will allow players to customize features available in the game browser.
The announcement was made by the game director Jeff Kaplan on the official website of Overwatch. The workshop, as described by Kaplan, is a simplified game scripting system that will expand the customization features available in the Game Browser.
Players will now be able to create their own custom rule sets, however the Workshop will be a far more robust system for players to set up and their own versions on Overwatch. Players will now have access to the same tools that the developers and programmers have to make whatever they could come up with, wherever their imaginations would take them.
Within the Workshop, you’ll create a Script to add Rules and unique play Conditions on top of the established Overwatch game modes you already know and love. Rules can do many things, like change how a hero’s movement and abilities work, modify how players are damaged or healed, or even display text under certain circumstances.
This could essentially diversify the game modes of Overwatch beyond the standard Wrecking Ball brawls or Ana paintball matches. Blizzard is known for being player friendly and allowing its game base the freedom to create their own. Both World of Warcraft and StarCraft franchises have had map editors that gave a rise to the popular custom game modes, including DOTA.
Kaplan also gave out some examples as a starting point that includes a Molten Floor mode where touching the floor will deal damage to Heroes, powerful enhancements to existing fan made Hide and Seek modes, and Mirror Deathmatch that swaps the entire pool of players over to the same character on a 1 minute rotation.
The Workshop will be available both on PC and consoles. What do you think of the new customization mode that Blizzard has planned for Overwatch? Post your comments below.