Overwatch 2 arcade is a great way to unwind, giving players the chance to get away from the stress of ranked play and into more chaotic or relaxed modes of Blizzard multiplayer. This is currently where you’ll find the Overwatch 2 Battle for Olympus mode, a fast-paced game where players gain powers inspired by the Greek gods. However, one mode that has been conspicuously absent thus far seems like one of the most obvious: Overwatch Classic.
As most people probably already know, Overwatch 2 transforms the hero shooter from its original 6v6 format to a 5v5 setup, with the main game modes featuring one tank, two damage characters, and two supports. It’s proven to be a pretty successful take on the formula: it hasn’t convinced everyone, but the general consensus is that it allows for more dynamic and exciting fights that give a bit more potential for individual plays without losing the need for teamwork.
However, I have no doubt that Overwatch slides a bit more in the direction of more traditional shooters, stripping away some of the more MOBA-influenced aspects of the original game. While my initial skepticism faded once I got down to business with Overwatch 2, convincing myself that this new setting can be just as fun and still retain the original’s unique hero skins, I’d love the chance to come back. to visit the past of the game.
Currently, there is no way to play the original Overwatch. The servers went down right before the release of Overwatch 2, and Blizzard made the decision to transfer everyone to the new game and force players to the modern version whether they like it or not. While the desire to keep everyone together is certainly admirable, it seems like a reasonable salve for those who miss 6v6 to offer them a way to play it in Overwatch 2.
Bringing back removed formats isn’t a new idea for Overwatch – right now in the arcade, you can choose to play a ‘Raid Maps’ playlist. This comprises all maps created for the now-defunct Breach game mode (often referred to as 2CP), which was removed in the transition to Overwatch 2 after general agreement between players and developers that it too often led to a full one-way mode. . snowballs or agonizing raffles.
Different numbers of players are also a common feature of the arcade mode; Also frequently available are Team Deathmatch, which uses teams of four, Elimination, which is played primarily in a 3v3 format, and even a one-on-one dueling mode.
Given the presentation of ‘Overwatch Classic’, I would suggest that you wouldn’t even want to use modern balance or new heroes. Rather, an Overwatch Classic playlist could embrace the game’s launch lineup and balance (really going back to its roots) or opt for the state of the game at the time it shut down its servers, which was a pretty cool period. balanced and fun to finish. the original release.
If you wanted to get particularly fancy, you could even rotate between various eras of the game – GOATS meta, anyone? – although perhaps Blizzard could worry about the possible confusion this could cause. However, custom games already allow players to adjust balance, and arcade modes like Total Mayhem adjust cooldowns, so it doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, especially since the six players per team already clearly delineates the game’s mode. main mode. game format.
Players on Overwatch Reddit are currently pondering whether they would have stuck with the original Overwatch if the transition to Overwatch 2 hadn’t been forced on them. Before the game came out, I might have felt that way, but now I feel pretty confident and say that I’m glad I moved. I certainly have my complaints, the expensive skins and the relentless push for microtransactions between them, but I’m having a great time with the sequel.
That being said, I would love the option to return to those tanky synergies of yore from time to time, and offer an olive branch to those players who feel left behind by the complete removal of a game that loved the sounds. Like a nice gesture to me (and, to take a slightly cynical angle, one that at least keeps them playing your game).
Be sure to check out our Overwatch 2 tier list if you’re playing to see who the strongest characters are right now, along with our guide to the best Overwatch 2 builds to ensure peak performance on your gaming PC. The latest Overwatch 2 patch notes feature buffs for some of the weaker members of its roster, including the Junker Queen and Moira.