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Overwatch’s new co-operative mode should be a permanent feature

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Just two days ago, Blizzard kicked off their Halloween event for their highly popular competitive shooter, Overwatch. The event added some new (gorgeous) skins for certain characters, gave some parts of the game a limited makeover and changed up loot boxes again, much like its previous Olympic themed event. The update also added a brand new Brawl – a limited game mode that will run for the next two weeks before disappearing for good.

The PvE Brawl is probably my favourite part of Overwatch to date. It transforms the game into a wave-based co-operative mode, letting you and three friends pair up and take on some exploding robots and other characters repurposed as small bosses. It’s incredibly engrossing, letting you use the small pool of heroes open to you in new ways. McCree, for example, is great at clearing out waves with his Ultimate, while Ana is vital to healing and damage boosting at all times.

There’s a lot of additional work that Blizzard has put into the mode too. Aside from the stunning visual makeover, the mode features newly recorded voice lines, some light story elements and a restricted way to play. That sort of work isn’t small either, and it’s a testament to how well Blizzard is supporting their shooter post-launch. So it’s a shame as much as it is a mystery that Blizzard doesn’t make the mode permanent – which seems to be a trend of theirs across their other multiplayer offerings.

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Hearthstone, for example, features weekly brawls too, which turn traditional rules on their heads. Often the changes are subtle, altering certain win conditions, limiting deck choices or picking out set cards for players to deal with. Arguably the biggest change is the semi-frequent co-operative mode, where two players work together to take down a single AI opponent. It’s so contradictory to the way Hearthstone usually plays that it breathes life into the game again, and it’s personally the brawl I look forward to most often.

But again, it’s a mode that Blizzard are intent on only offering for a limited time, despite the amount of work that has likely gone into altering the game to make it possible. It’s also something not exclusive to them either. Valve regularly hosts special timed events for Dota 2 and Team Fortress, as do Riot Games with League of Legends. In most cases it’s slight cosmetic changes, but fundamentally overhauled modes sometimes make the cut too. These are similarly also only open for a limited time, and the reasoning behind that isn’t too hard to decipher.

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Having limited events obviously attracts new players, but also gives reason for players who might have stopped to return. I hadn’t played Overwatch myself for over a month, but this new event has me itching to jump back in as soon as I can. The PvE mode especially begs me to dedicate as much time to it as I can, boosting player numbers, tempting me with microtransactions and generally keeping Overwatch’s servers alive. It’s smart.

But I still desperately wish Blizzard would make it a permanent feature. Even if in structure only. Having a mode that carves out some of the competitive nature and allows me and a couple of friends to just take on waves of enemies shakes Overwatch up in a big way. And I’m going to be distraught when is disappears in November.

Last Updated: October 13, 2016

24 Comments

  1. Played this last night, had a metric ton of fun!

    Agreed, this should be permanent!!!!!

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  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 13, 2016 at 14:15

    Played the one map last night, finished it and that’s it….. I mean it’s fun but what’s the point of playing it again? There aren’t any special rewards that I saw. Just XP

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      October 13, 2016 at 14:17

      You’re such a stick in the mud.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 13, 2016 at 14:22

        I’m sorry, everyone made a big deal of it and I’ll play it again. It’s just feels like they gave as a little taste of something bigger and more exciting. I had flashes of Overwatch being like Destiny at one point

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        • Archdruid Kromas

          October 13, 2016 at 14:28

          Well Overwatch WAS at one point a MMO called Titan.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            October 13, 2016 at 14:30

            Oooh that sounds fun

    • Ottokie

      October 13, 2016 at 14:22

      If that’s the case I suggest you give Warframe a go. It’s a pretty fun game with lots of rewards 😛

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 13, 2016 at 14:25

        • Ottokie

          October 13, 2016 at 14:25

          O.o

          yoh…

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 13, 2016 at 14:26

            I thought you’d appreciate it. 😀

          • Admiral Chief

            October 13, 2016 at 14:26

            …not enough pink

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          October 13, 2016 at 14:30

          XD

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        • Galbedir

          October 13, 2016 at 15:07

          Ya gotta do your cookin by the book…

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        • Raptor Rants

          October 13, 2016 at 15:41

          That’s so… pink 0_0

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          • Admiral Chief

            October 13, 2016 at 15:59

            Otto is even PINKER in WF

      • Admiral Chief

        October 13, 2016 at 14:26

        😀

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      • Admiral Chief

        October 13, 2016 at 14:26

        And REGULAR new things

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  3. Archdruid Kromas

    October 13, 2016 at 14:27

    This feature is already popular in other games like AvP. Or to put it another way.

    In my best religious voice. “Have you got some time to talk about ME3 multiplayer sir?”

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    • Alessandro Barbosa

      October 13, 2016 at 15:59

      Some of the best MP out there 😀

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      • Kervyn Cloete

        October 14, 2016 at 10:32

        I lost SOOOOOO MUCH of my life to ME3 multiplayer!

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    • GooseZA

      October 14, 2016 at 13:02

      ME multiplayer was amazing.

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      • Archdruid Kromas

        October 14, 2016 at 15:44

        was? …. Still is and I am just guessing here but it has more concurrent players then NMS. 😛

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  4. Comeau

    October 13, 2016 at 16:02

    I need that Mercy skin.

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  5. DannyB

    October 17, 2016 at 18:45

    I finally have to play Overwatch. The game seem to be very good

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