Blizzard has talked about adding the Workshop feature that allows players to create their own scripts for customized game modes for a while now, but it is finally available to try out over in the PTR server.
Director Jeff Kaplan talked about the Overwatch Workshop in the latest developer update. He talks about the conception of the new scripting system and how it is a “Power User” feature with great accessibility to all players, and more on what he hopes to see from the community.
Do note that the Workshop isn’t a map editor, but it does have a share functionality that allows players to share their custom games with others. This will also work as a way to move games you create in PTR to the regular servers when the feature goes live.
Here are more details from Blizzard:
Overwatch players, modders, and budding game developers can now create games in ways previously unimaginable with a new feature—Workshop! Within Workshop, players can create a Script to add Rules and unique play Conditions on top of the established Overwatch game modes they already know and love. Rules can do many things, like change how a hero’s movement and abilities work, modify how players are damaged or healed, or even display text under certain circumstances. Games created by Workshop will live on the Custom Game Browser.
- Create your own scripts for customized game modes in Overwatch
- Share/link out to your own game mode without navigating through menus in game
- Debug issues with their scripts using the Workshop Inspector
- Workshop will be available on Console and PC
Workshop is now available on the Public Test Realm (PTR) on PC. To access Workshop and start creating a script, while in game, click Play > Game Browser > Create > Settings > Workshop.
The Overwatch team is offering two new game modes created through Workshop to give players an idea of what’s possible:
- Molten Floor: Stay off the floor, it’s deadly lava.
- Mirrored Deathmatch (FFA): Players wage deathmatch as the same mirrored hero, rotating heroes every minute, the player with the most kills wins.
You can check out more details over at Blizzard’s full blog outline.
Overwatch is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.