The state of Overwatch in 2022: waiting for more

The State of PC Gaming

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As we approach 2022, we’ll take a look at the major games, genres, and platforms that make PC games to see where they stand as the new year begins.

While every weary streamer and exhausted player might lead you to believe in Overwatch, it’s far from dead. Blizzard’s MOBA-inspired FPS may have lost its relevance to games like Valorant and Apex Legends, but as the most unconventional shooter, it remains distinct and steadfast.

For much of 2019, the game’s identity faltered, and Blizzard seemed to forget what made the game so good when it launched in 2016. Its heavy emphasis on competitive gaming and its esports league strips away parts of the game, making it approachable to a wide variety of players. The mechanical complexity of heroes has increased, and the margin of error for a given match has become smaller. Overwatch feels like it’s designed for casual players to watch thrilling, “sudden” moments that only the most skilled players can play.