No matter how Surveillance players could currently experience changes to heroes like Mercy, Symmetra, and Orisa in Monitor 2you have to stick to one of Blizzard’s overhauls: the benches in the New York-inspired game map.
The benches in front of which the players pass Surveillance 2Grand Central Terminal’s version of Grand Central Terminal is pretty straightforward, but it’s been tweaked from the game’s original beta, based on player feedback. These benches are now an indicator of the hopeful future of Overwatch fiction, according to the game’s narrative designer.
Earlier this month, an Overwatch fan ClearTogether pointed out the problem with the game’s New York benchesas seen in a previous beta version of Monitor 2which mimic a hostile style of architecture designed to discourage and prevent homeless people from sleeping on them.
I’ve been thinking about it since the beta, so I’ll just say it since no one else has…
The anti-homeless architecture of the benches in Midtown makes me super disgusted. Benches like this are designed specifically to make the homeless miserable. pic.twitter.com/jXyddzRgyR
— ClearTogether ️ (@ClearTogether) June 6, 2022
(Although these types of benches are common in New York City subway stations, most of the real-world Grand Central benches in Manhattan have been removed.)
But as ClearTogether noted in a tweet on Wednesday, those benches have since been updated to Monitor 2the current beta version of. Blizzard clearly took note of the criticism and responded. “These are excellent comments” said Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrielead narrative designer and writer for Overwatch, in a response to ClearTogether on Twitter.
Jurgens-Fyhrie added that the Overwatch Narrative Team “decided very early in the development of the map’s story that Overwatch’s NY provided free and safe housing for people. Some of that is in the VO map, with more details planned for later.
“‘How we hope the world will be’ is a big part of our story development,” Jurgens-Fyhrie said.
Blizzard has made changes to Surveillance like this before, including before the original game was released, when he adjusted a sexualized pose for the hero Tracer. The developer also changed the game’s content for more serious reasons, including removing the names of real-world Blizzard employees referenced in-game and pulling a character skin inspired by an accused Overwatch League pro player. of sexual misconduct.
Monitor 2 will be released in October as an update to the original Surveillanceand will be free to play.