It's only been two weeks since Orisa's addition to Overwatch as the game's new tank, but apparently the next hero is already in the pipeline. Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan told IBTimes that the newest hero is farther in development than some fans would expect.
"Yes! I absolutely know who the next hero is going to be," said Kaplan. "The next hero is very far along in development, so we're at the point where we're doing art for that hero, we're doing a lot of aggressive play-testing. We know what that hero, what the abilities are and how they interact, so we're at that point. The heroes past that hero are more in prototype, exploration phase but the next hero we're pretty set on."
Many speculated that the 24th hero would've been Doomfist, but it ended up being Orisa, who was needed to provide an alternative tank to Reinhardt. Of course, now folks are thinking that Doomfist will be the 25th hero, given the character's prominence in Orisa's origin story. In a separate interview with GameSpot, Kaplan admitted that the team might slow down with hero development.
"Each hero that comes out makes us evaluate how much time it should take for the next hero to come out," said Kaplan. "I think we need to take a step back from hero development in Overwatch and really evaluate what it does to the meta--but also there's some other factors. One of the factors is our time and attention. The more heroes we add, the less attention we're giving to the existing 24 heroes that are already out there."
"So, I would like to see hero development not go any faster than it currently is and maybe over time even slow down somewhat. I want each hero to feel like a really special event where you're just so excited, they fit in, and once they're added, it feels like they were always meant to be there."