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    Get An In Depth Look Of Overwatch 2 Ping System

    Blizzard Entertainment is pleased to introduce the highly requested ping system to Overwatch 2. This quality of life feature is added as a way to improve player experience and include the community in its development strategy. Here are the goal, inspiration and overview of Overwatch 2’s ping system from the development team.

    The inspiration behind the ping system came from a value the Overwatch team holds dearly: Every Voice Matters. This is a core value at Blizzard, and the Overwatch team wanted to personify this value in the game.

    “We wanted to create a system that would enhance voice communication as well as provide alternative ways to share information with your team. One of our goals was to augment speech and give people a way to visually interpret voice communication. We also wanted to support all voices and create a system to communicate for players that would prefer to avoid voice chat.”

    Gavin Winter – Systems Designer

    Part of how the ping system enhances communication is by adding context to what you can already hear in voice chat. With the press of the button, you will activate a contextual ping depending on what you’re aiming at within your line of sight. For example, if you’re playing Tracer and ping an enemy Reaper, your teammates will hear Tracer call out that Reaper’s location.

    “It’s a more accurate, clear, and understandable way of communicating rather than hearing someone yell, ‘Reaper behind,’ or, ‘Reaper, Reaper, Reaper!’ “

    Adam Puhl – Principal Designer

    Puhl was also incredibly adamant about looking to the community for guidance on how to create contextual pings that are functional for the players.

    With Reaper, sometimes you can see him, and sometimes you can’t. When you ping a Reaper who’s in your line of sight, the hero you’re playing will call out his location. However, when he breaks line of sight, your ping will show his last known location. Some of Reaper’s abilities, like Shadow Step and Wraith Form, will cause your ping to show his last known location.

    “A ping can be ‘stuck’ to a hero while they are visible, and the ping shows the last known location when they aren’t visible.”

    Gavin Winter – Systems Designer

    The ping changes depending on hero abilities. Sombra’s Translocator, Doomfist’s Meteor Strike, Moira’s Fade, and Tracer’s Recall are all examples of abilities that will cause the ping to fall off. This was designed to specifically fit with Overwatch’s fast-paced gameplay.

    Alerting your teammates to your enemies’ locations or last known locations are only a few of the things you’ll be able to convey with the new ping system. Holding down the ping button will open a wheel that allows you to tell your teammates where you’re attacking, defending, need help, and more. There’s also a unique set of interactions for responding to a teammate’s ping. Using the communication wheel to tell your team to “Group Up” or “I need healing” will now activate a ping on top of your hero. Your teammates can respond to your ping to let you know if they’re with you or where you can group up with your team’s Support heroes.

    There will be iterating on this system as more data comes in from testing. They want to create an evolving system that’s the right fit for the gameplay and culture of Overwatch.

    “We are hoping this system will help with toxicity in-game. If you don’t like a person pinging so much, you have the option to turn the ping system off through block or squelch for that specific person. We do have heavy spam protection right now that we are open to adjusting, but we really want to see what works best for the community.”

    Gavin Winter – Systems Designer

    It’s important to remember the ping system is a work in progress. Many different teams have been included in the development process, and they are always interested in hearing what works and what players would like to see in the future.

    Overwatch 2 is planned for release for the PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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