Overwatch Developers Are Working On Map Editor For User Created Content
(Last Updated On: March 23, 2017)

Overwatch has a massively huge community fanbase, after Blizzard Entertainment’s team-based shooter exploded onto the scene back in May 2016, and one of the most requested features that the fans want to see is a custom map editor.

Ahh, the glory days of using Map editors to make crazy new stages. I remember spending countless hours using Far cry: Instincts map editor on the original Xbox, as well as the map editor for Timesplitters Future Perfect.

For those of you that don’t really know how it works, essentially, the map editor would allow Overwatch to live on for years upon years as it would create an almost endless supply of new content and unique level designs, as the players would be the ones to directly create new maps based on their own creative imagination. Most map editors come with themes and tilesets so that you can choose the look and style of the map, tools to allow you to place down connecting zones to navigate the map, items, spawn points and objectives, as well as other special items or tidbits to add finishing touches to your custom map.

The only problem is that for most games that have a custom map editor toolkit, all the tools and features you would need are normally planned from the start so that the parts you need in the level editor are good to go and easy to use, and based on game Director Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch wasn’t one of those games that originally had custom map designs in mind.

But don’t despair! Just because it wasn’t originally planned doesn’t mean it is impossible, it simply means it takes more time and planning to get it done, and as you can see from the below quote, Jeff Kaplan is all for putting in the work, as he commented about it on the Battle.net Overwatch Forums on 3/20/17, saying-

We are extremely open-minded about releasing a map editor for Overwatch someday. But because Overwatch was made with a brand new engine, this is not a small task or one which can happen any time soon. We have this on our long-term road map and believe heavily in user-made content. But there are many challenges ahead of us and it will be a very long road before our editor can be made available to the public.

This reconfirms his earlier comment from last September when he mentioned before about having a schedule for exploring custom maps.

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.

So there you have it, folks! A custom map editor is being strongly considered and possibly even being worked on by the team at this very moment, but it’ll just take them some time to get it all up and running to be user-friendly.

Are you a fan of Overwatch, and more importantly, excited about its future with custom player created maps? Comment below and share your thoughts.


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  • AlecJ

    Never warmed to Overwatch. I played as much as i could stand both free weekends they had– plus when i was home for Xmas b/c my brother has it. I tried to figure out why people like ti….BUT -It was ultra boring, to me. I didnt see the motivation to play, and i sure as heck didnt care about getting a new outfit for a character. It was absolutely the least fun shooter ive played in a long time.

    Oh look this guys got a magic hammer—- and that chick flies—- ha, thats a nerd in a mech……is that a fried chicken fish?

    Wait, i must be so bored im hallucinating made up food again.

    Yeah, this game isnt for me.

    Its obviously very popular, but so are lots of dumb things so i guess that means squat. I dont know. It just seems like a focus tested experiment to see if you could trick people into liking a game by putting one of everything in it.
    “What, you like pizza? We have that—- Dwarves? Sure got one of those. You only like DJs on futuristic roller blades?— no problem, here you go.”

    Meh.

    • You and I are in the same boat, ace.

      This game is the most boring AAA shooter I have ever played. I honestly can’t think of a more boring shooter than Overwatch.

      • Disqusted

        It makes me more upset because I like some of the character designs, but I don’t want them in a shitty boring first person shooter. What a waste.

        • Well if they weren’t in a boring shooter they would be a SJW-filled POS game where each one of them would be preaching down to the audience about diversity. So it was going to be a lose-lose no matter what.

          • Disqusted

            I guess it’d be up to the fans and the modding community to make something better… again.

  • Disqusted

    They should make a sexual orientation editor, because that always seems like a big deal for Overwatch.

    • That would probably end up being more popular than the game itself.

      • Disqusted

        It’d be hilarious if that became a standard in gaming, and in most games it would have absolutely zero effect on anything else in the game.