Overwatch, one of the great successes of last year has been growing from strength to strength since it’s launch but it does seem to have one big problem, the community. For whatever reason the community has become something of a toxic cesspit. We have all received those hate filled messages for choosing Hanzo or Torbjörn in competitive mode. Well now it looks as if Blizzard are set to do something about this in the console version of the game.
When patch 1.14 launches it will contain a reporting feature so you can let the developer know about this toxic behaviour which can have a negative effect on the players experience. Naturally it was game director Jeff Kaplan who reported the news, “Reporting on console will be available when patch 1.14 goes live (the patch that has DM and TDM and is currently on the PTR for testing). Thanks for being so patient with us.”
“Also, it’s important to note the reporting system and punishments are very much an ongoing development for us. Improvements will continue over time. We are working on increased punishments for high frequency offenders, email notifications when your reports result in disciplinary action (we’re experimenting with this right now and we’ll expand this as we refine it) and eventually notifications in the game client when your report results in disciplinary action.”
This of course won’t entirely eradicated this toxic behaviour but at least it will mean that we can feel like we’re doing something about it.
What do you think? Is this enough from Blizzard or is there more that they can do to fix this very big issue with the community of their otherwise beloved game?