Rumours of a hero ban system coming to Overwatch have been circulating for months, but Jeff Kaplan has admitted Blizzard is “reluctant” on adding the feature on the grounds that it won’t help move the meta any faster.
Responding to a forum post, Blizzard’s vice president says he agrees that the stale meta is the biggest problem in the game at the moment, but he’s not keen on introducing a ban system because it’s likely to make things worse and players more frustrated. So, if you’re a one trick pony who only mains Hanzo, you can rest easy tonight.
“We agree with and understand that players want the meta to be more fluid and move more frequently,” Papa Jeff says. “Hero bans are not a silver bullet solution to making the meta move. If the problem we are trying to solve is that the meta needs to change more, hero bans might actually make the problem worse, not better.”
Blizzard is also focusing on making games faster for players, so that players can spend more time “shooting stuff” than sitting in menus and loading screens. This is another reason why Kaplan isn’t keen on the mechanic which games like Rainbow Six Siege and League of Legends employ.
Clearly Blizzard has a plan on how it’s going to change Overwatch’s stale meta, but we won’t hear about it until the developer update at the end of the month.