Kinda worried that Devs are not hyping June 16th enough

If the next beta doesn’t start on the 16th, the hype will die more. OW1 sits under 10k viewers routinely on Twitch now.

but imo there is nothing wrong with hyping it up, it gets the community excited

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Cool direction, here comes the offtopic questions, including this one just to manage expectations, can you please tell us if those who had access to previous beta are gonna have to get another access for the next one?

Hype probably isn’t healthy anyway, eyes are wanted on the finished product, not the half finished Overwatch 2 we’re currently playing. Don’t try to hype it up. Do that once OW2 is ready to be seen by the wider world

I’m not sure if you are being intentionally disingenuous or if you are actually just super out of touch with the community. This forum has been asking for more communication for years now instead of constant radio silence. It’s actually borderline insulting that you would say this.

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communication =/= being a hype machine on the forums

Please don’t try to conflate the two

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How is it insulting? I’ll admit I wish we had more communication but what you’re quoting is AndyB saying is that they don’t want to just write about how excited they are without giving details or showing things.

I personally want more details on experiments and planned change but I guess those aren’t being shared because they’re in progress… like the unused Moira experiments we only heard about after-the-fact.

Incidentally, any news on when the Experimental is expected to be back up?

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What happens on June 16th?

A beta, announcing the decoupling of PvE and PvP, a weekly blog post, multiple online discussions about balance and new heroes and announcing this event the day the first beta ended.

There’s probably more, but they have communicated more in the last two months than they have in the last two years.

There’s more they could do and they could still be better, but you sound extremely entitled.

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The dev blogs from beta (which we’ll be continuing), the recent stats blog, the Moira blog, are all examples of us moving towards more transparency and involving the community in our development process. Shifting our philosophy and comms strategy to a new approach takes time, and iteration, to get right.

I know that Jodie and I haven’t been as active on the forums for the last few months. TBF, we’re heads down on planning for the next phase of beta and beyond at the moment. Hopefully I can carve out some more time soon to jump in here (I had 2 meetings cancelled today, which allowed me time for posting and responding)

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Not yet. My understanding is they’re still investigating the issue.

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It’s a spectrum my friend. There isn’t even a regular-type blue post on the general discussion for June 16th which apparently should be a somewhat big deal. Surely that is the minimum amount of work that would cross both communication/hyping.

But anyways. Your response is kind of weird because even if we pretend communication and hyping are separately identifiable, it’s not like Blizzard is communicating in lieu of hyping or something - there’s just… nothing instead.

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you were being melodramatic and got owned.

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Why not do that then? There hasn’t been a single hint of what to expect other than support changes which were talked about at 2 other occasions already.

You…actually believe there’s a PvE Overwatch 2 game coming?

That stuff is deader than King Tut.

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I could be wrong but I believe the intent for this next round is to show off what the PVE looks like.

If it’s not that I don’t know what the point of it is.

Then what have I been playtesting?

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I’d just like to say that the developer blogs have been fantastic and well received.

Hopefully the devs could continue with something similar after OW2 launches? Perhaps even with “State of balance” blogs that have a deep dive into current stats, heroes they’re concerned about, etc? It would be a good way to keep the community engaged and dispel potentially incorrect community perceptions regarding balance by explaining the stats.

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thanks

Jodie has been doing a wonderful job with our editorial strategy. The fact that she was a fan and player of the game before joining the team is really shining through in how we’re structuring our blogs, the language we’re employing, and the information we’re including

Super proud of my team :slight_smile:

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