Fans of Blizzard’s blockbuster Overwatch have repeatedly brought up the question about the availability of a local co-op mode. Until now, the developer has been shying away from releasing an official statement on the matter. However, a recent post of Bill Warnecke, a Lead Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment, made it clear that fans’ dream of playing with friends while sitting on the same couch may never turn into reality.
Mr. Warnecke used the Overwatch forums to convey the message. He said that for the time being, there were no way players to be provided with a local co-op mode. He also added that the chances console players to get such functionality were even slimmer.
Blizzard’s representative went on to explain that local co-op was not among the imminent projects Blizzard was working on. He said that the release of a co-op mode would be preceded by a significant amount of effort. The reason why the local co-op poses such a challenge to Blizzard’s team was the fact that the split screen considerably alters the gaming experience.
Warnecke’s announcement has quickly become a central topic in Overwatch forums and discussion groups. Fans weighed the advantages and disadvantages of such functionality. Some of them claimed that the constantly increasing demand for local co-op would leave Blizzard with no choice but to respond to it.
Others questioned the effectiveness of the split screen. The availability of a split screen was said to do more harm than good in competitive game modes. In addition, the recent changes to the Overwatch penalty system only make matters worse. Bad performing players who use the split screen mode would see a few reports coming their way from the quick-tempered Overwatch fans.
Aside from the local co-op mode turmoil, the other Overwatch-related news includes the arrival of a new map. As previously reported, the Horizon Lunar Colony map is to be released on June 20th.
Meanwhile, Blizzard provided fans with insights into the Diablo 3 Challenge Rifts – the new version of the randomized Greater Rift dungeons. The upcoming feature will be included in patch 2.6.0 but the release date is yet to be specified.