Games are an interesting thing, and when it comes to franchises, they can be much more interesting than you realize. For you see, franchises can start out as one thing, but then evolve into something else. Mario for example, started off as a platforming franchise, but then became a racing franchise, a party-game franchise, a series of sports games and more. Other franchises have also broken their primary mold, and others have potential. Take Overwatch for example.
“Overwatch?” you say. “What potential does that game have outside of a shooter?” Well, think about it. It has a wide range of characters, both good and bad, and incredibly deep world with lots of areas to fight in, and each character has a unique set of abilities to use in battle. Doesn’t that sound like an RPG?
In fact, when you think about it, Overwatch might not only work as an RPG franchise, it could actually thrive as one should Blizzard want to do it. Don’t believe us? Check out what Youtuber user The Salt Factory did, he basically merged Overwatch with Final Fantasy. The results speak for themselves.
What makes this more of a work of art is that The Salt Factory spent months working on it. And as you can tell, there was a lot to do to make it look the part. Boy, does it look the part. The characters, the UI, the attacks, the damage counters, it’s all good stuff, and some small graphical differences aside, it really fits the theme of Overwatch.
Now, the question is, could Blizzard allow this to become an RPG? Well, it’s hard to say. On one hand, they did turn the RTS Warcraft into the MMORPG World of Warcraft, and there there’s a thing called Heroes of the Storm to take into consideration. But, you also have to consider that Blizzard rarely makes “one and done” games like an Overwatch RPG would likely be, even with DLC. Still, it is nice to think about what could be.