Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has revealed an interest in allowing players to create custom matches that are open to the public.
“We’re very interested in the concept of enabling players to make custom games open to the public. We have time scheduled to explore this and we’re pretty excited about it,” Kaplan said in a forum post.
As of now, custom matches in Overwatch allow players to customize their matches from choosing maps and modes to tweaking Hero ability cooldowns. Currently, players can only invite people on their friends lists and fill in empty spots with AI.
In addition to public custom matches, Kaplan discussed the possibility of custom games providing experience points.
“We want to see if we can make this happen. There are some exploit/collusion cases that need to be worked out but if we can come up with a satisfactory solution, we’ll try to make EXP viable for certain modes/rulesets,” Kaplan said.
Kaplan also responded to a question about the chances of an Overwatch map builder or editor. “Both our design and tools team are very invested in trying to make this happen someday. But this concept would not happen anytime soon,” he said.
Stay tuned for more updates on Overwatch.