An Overwatch 2 developer spoke about how the sequel’s increased “reactivity” regarding voice lines will change the game from moment to moment.
With Overwatch 2’s release date not too far away, more key details about the FPS have surfaced, including new heroes like Junker Queen and the complete removal of loot boxes.
Blizzard’s long-awaited title is also seeing a massive voice line overhaul, with a leading developer sharing all the new details ahead of its October 4 release date.
Overwatch 2 gets new reactive voice lines
Senior Narrative Designer Justin Groot shed light on what to expect from OW2’s “specific voice lines that respond to very specific gameplay events.”
The goal of these voice lines is to “reward players for their best achievements with special voiceovers.”
Groot stated that the team wanted to take things a step further than the original Overwatch interaction between heroes mid-game.
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One thing NEW about narrative design in Overwatch 2 is much more “reactivity,” meaning very specific voice lines that respond to very specific gameplay events.
The goal? Reward players for their best achievements with special VO!
— Justin Groot (@JustinGroot3) June 17, 2022
These voice lines will be activated only in rare game situations.
Hanzo’s new reactive VO has already been teased and is the only one the OW2 team has shown off so far. In the voiceover, Hanzo starts different voice lines once the enemies around him are killed.
I can’t stress enough how much I love the extra dialogue with a sonic arrow removed.
(there are 3 of them) pic.twitter.com/TF0L1cH7zN
— 🏹 Hanzo Shimada Appreciation Station 🍰🏹 (@mysteryproff) April 27, 2022
Overwatch 2 developers have said that the sequel is much more than just an update.
With little touches like this, the Overwatch community will no doubt appreciate anything that makes the hero shooter feel more like a sequel and less like a big patch.