Every year, giant game company Activision Blizzard holds its own convention known as BlizzCon. But this year's BlizzCon was deep in the throes of controversy for a number of different reasons. The biggest reason concerned fans' anger with Blizzard over banning a Heartstone player for showing his support for the Hong Kong protestors. It sparked anger that reached gamers and non-gamers alike. Even American politicians from both sides of the aisle showed their disappointment in Blizzard in the form of an open letter.
Another reason that there was controversy during this year's BlizzCon was due to the leak of Overwatch 2. Blizzard had intended to announce the existence of this particular video game during BlizzCon. But the leak of the highly-anticipated sequel left many who work for Blizzard unhappy, to say the least.
"It's extremely demoralizing. You feel totally deflated," Game Director Jeff Kaplan said in a recent interview about the aforementioned leak.
He then went on to explain that while game leaks can and do happen often, the lack of context in this situation is what upset him and the team who worked on Overwatch 2.
"When you're trying so hard to deliver something for somebody and to have it be spoiled in a way that's not coherent," he added. "That's the part that bothers us the most, where people are not given all the information and all of the context that they need to understand what we're doing.
"Our artists are heartbroken: They take such care to make the art look beautiful, and then we get some crappy version of what the art looks like ... and then people are like, 'I don't know it doesn't look that good' and we're like, no it does, it looks amazing! It's just a crappy screenshot that someone took, so it can be a bit demoralizing. But my interactions with everybody on the team today is everybody's on cloud nine," Kaplan concluded.
While the team behind Overwatch 2 may be disappointed in the leak, the game itself still looks amazing. We can't wait for it to come out so that we can finally get our hands on it!