Overwatch: What updates and events are coming next?
Overwatch's Lunar New Year event is long gone. Overwatch Uprising is over. But we can't spend too much time mourning our favorite events. Overwatch content is rolling out continuously—events, heroes, and maps come out every few months, with hero updates dotted in between.
Blizzard has a habit of re-launching Overwatch's seasonal events, like Halloween Terror, Summer Games, and Lunar New Year. New content typically comes along with these events, but Blizzard also brings back old skins and cosmetics for a discounted price. So what's next on the docket? We've got you covered.
What's coming next?
Overwatch Anniversary is set to end on June 11. Blizzard hasn't officially announced which Overwatch event is coming next, but we can be certain that one will come. Overwatch's Summer Games event typically comes around in August. It'll be the third year running for the Summer Games event, should it return for another year.
A Symmetra rework is currently on the Overwatch test server. Blizzard hasn't said when the patch will be uploaded to the live game, but it'll likely by sometime in late June or early July. Overwatch's overhauled Symmetra moves her from the support category into a broader damage section, which combines former DPS and defense heroes.
Are new features on the way?
Looking for Group
Looking for Group is designed as a way for players to better find teammates to play with. "Join a team of other like-minded players or lead a group of your own by creating a group with your personal preferences such as game mode, role enforcement, and more," Blizzard wrote.
The feature is currently on the Overwatch test server. Like the Symmetra overhaul, it'll be a while before it makes it over to the live game.
Endorsements are a way for players to support each other for good behavior in-game. "Recognize commendable behavior for sportsmanship, being a good teammate, or for shot calling," Blizzard wrote in the patch notes. Endorsements are viewable on the Career Profile menu or the Groups menu.
What can you be endorsed for? Commendations can go to enemies or allies in three different categories: sportsmanship, good teammate, and shot calling.
The Overwatch development team is interested in giving Overwatch players the ability to create custom maps, but it's still a long way out. Kaplan said in September 2016 that Blizzard "would love" to make more tools available to the community.
"Our main issue has been that we made a brand new engine for Overwatch," Kaplan wrote. "The tools and tech are not in a state where it is easy to make them public facing. We keep talking about ways to get a road map to get us there someday. Both our design and tools team are very interested in trying to make this happen someday. But this concept would not happen anytime soon."
A mini map for spectators of esports tournaments may be coming soon, but Blizzard won't ever add one to the regular gameplay interface. "Philosophically we were opposed to adding a mini map to the HUD for gameplay reasons," Kaplan said in February 2017. "We wanted to reserve 'enemy awareness' moments for certain hero abilities like Widowmaker's ultimate or Hanzo's Sonar Arrow."
New heroes will continue to get released every few months; the pattern is typically every three months or so. Overwatch's tank-like support, Brigitte, was just launched earlier in March, so it'll be a while before a new hero gets announced.
We'll keep this guide to Overwatch's future updated as Blizzard announces more events and heroes.