The state of Overwatch in 2022: Waiting for more

The state of PC gaming


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To kick off 2022, we’re taking a look at the major games, genres and platforms that make PC gaming to see where they’re at as we begin a new year. 

Overwatch, despite what every tired streamer and burnt out player might lead you to believe, is far from dead. Blizzard’s MOBA-inspired FPS may have lost its relevance against games like Valorant and Apex Legends, but it remains distinct and stalwart in its place as the least traditional shooter out there.

For much of 2019, the game’s identity wavered and Blizzard seemed to have forgotten what made the game so exceptional when it launched in 2016. Its intense emphasis on competitive play and its esports league peeled away the parts of the game that made it approachable for a variety of players. Heroes increased in mechanical complexity and the margin of error in a given match got smaller. Overwatch felt like it was designed to be watched by casuals for thrilling, “pop off” moments, and played by only the most skilled players.