Overwatch‘s 27th hero is in the final stages of development, and when the character lands, game director Jeff Kaplan claims he, she, or it will completely change the game’s meta.
Members of the YouTube channel Overwatch Central recently traveled to Blizzard Entertainment to talk with the development team and learn more about the hero shooter’s upcoming 27th character. In an interview with Kaplan, the director discusses how far along the 27th hero is in development, before revealing that he thinks the hero will be “meta-changing.”
The game director makes the bold claim around 4:20 into the video, after which he talks about the accusations that the active Overwatch League has stunted development, and discusses his philosophies behind game balancing.
A competitive game’s meta is made up of the team compositions and strategies that are most commonly used in the higher skill tier of play. Overwatch‘s most popular current metas could be observed in the recent Overwatch League matches, with team builds like Winston, D.Va, Zenyatta, Mercy, Genji, and Widowmaker making frequent appearances. If the 27th hero is truly “meta-changing,” they will disrupt the current popular team builds in the game, forcing a readjustment of strategy.
Prior to the 27th hero dropping, Overwatch players will see the launch of the game’s next map, Blizzard World. First revealed at BlizzCon 2017, the map is currently playable on the game’s public test region, and Kaplan recently expressed that he intends to get the map in the full game before the month is out.