'Overwatch' Director Explains Capture The Flag Mode Delay

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 26, 2017 07:46 AM EST

Players are currently enjoying the "Year of the Rooster" event for "Overwatch," which was just recently added as an update from Blizzard Entertainment. Other than the new skins with a Chinese New Year theme, the update also introduces a Capture The Flag (CTF) mode named "Capture the Rooster." Game director Jeff Kaplan has uploaded a new video, where he explains why it took them a long time to add this reportedly popular game mode.

In the "Developer Update" video, Kaplan confirmed that his team was already testing different versions of the CTF system. He claims that they initially decided not to include the feature since it created problems with each character's movements. Each of the team-based shooter's characters have unique movement options, which apparently give them advantages and disadvantages, reports Game Rant.

Blizzard Entertainment's Jeff Kaplan said that their initial feedback surrounding a Capture The Flag feature was negative. He describes the rules that applied to this mode "no longer made "Overwatch" heroes feel like "Overwatch" heroes." Tracer, as an example, could teleport rapidly around the map and can easily grabs the target, which allows her to use her "recall" ability to quickly return to base.

The example detailed above would apparently make it difficult for the opposing team to defend their flag, and it might also appear like the roster is terribly unbalanced. Their team came up with a solution by adding a short delay during the capture phase. The capture meter also depletes when players are hit with any attacks, which helps the defending team delay its capture.

Capture The Flag is a popular mode that most FPS games include from the start. In Blizzard Entertainment's "Overwatch," the mode was apparently delayed due to some issues with game balance. Players agree that the new game mode is not perfect, but is still enjoyable, according to a report by Forbes. "Capture the Rooster" is a temporary game mode and lasts until the "Year of the Rooster" event ends on Feb. 13, 2017. Jeff Kaplan hints that it might come back in the future permanently.

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