Frequent complaints about the lack of an adequate Spectator Mode for Overwatch made game’s director Jeff Kaplan took a stance on the matter in the Battle.net forums. Mr Kaplan announced that major changes were coming to the Spectator Mode.
The teams color is a major concern of Overwatch fans. Many spectators consider it a bit weird to see a team marked in blue in one match and then marked in red in another. Overwatch is a fast-paced game and therefore, viewers find it challenging to keep track of what is happening. According to users, the pro scene was well-founded but the lack of clear indicators makes the game a chaotic visual presentation.
Game’s director acknowledged the issue and announced that Blizzard was readying enhancements. Kaplan also added that apart from the coloring system, the Spectator Mode needed other improvements as well. Back in January, Blizzard added a third-person health bar, but it seemed insufficient to solve mode’s shortcomings.
Kaplan was quoted as saying that Blizzard devs were currently focused on enhancing the team coloring system and they have put a lot of efforts towards fixing the issue in the best way possible. He also said that the progress has been good so far and remained positive that players’ gaming experience would be considerably improved.
According to people familiar with the matter, the timing of the Spectator Move improvements is just right. As a matter of fact, it should be a high priority issue for Blizzard. The Overwatch League is approaching and the visually accessible gameplay is of critical importance.
Although Kaplan did not specify when the Spectator Mode changes would be available, players believe they will go live before the Overwatch World Cup event commences or before the Overwatch League start.