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It's the long-awaited Overwatch This interview special, as Ben sits down for a wide-ranging chat with game director and all-round lovely guy Jeff Kaplan. 03:01 - Looking back to launch 04:46 - Who are you playing at the moment? 07:06 - What has the response to Orisa been like? 09:27 - How to you view the success of the PTR? 13:27 - Did you expect to be the face of Overwatch? 17:36 - Bastion changes: Success or failure? 19:27 - How will Lucio end up? 23:22 - Whats it like to develop for so many seasonal events? 24:17 - Tell us about the Kings Row uprising... 25:14 - Whats it like to develop the story without Chris? 28:09 - Community reaction to Tracer's girlfriend 30:03 - What hero reworks are next in line? 33:26 - Are you happy with Winston at the moment? 37:53 - Is the meta in danger of going stale? ► Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PCGamesN ◄ Visit us at: https://www.pcgamesn.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCGamesNetwork Twitter: https://twitter.com/PCGamesN
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stenobro (8 days ago)
Jeff Goldblum's nerdy brother
Alex Gamer07 (2 months ago)
why am i banned in competitive play session 11
DiamondLuke26 (7 months ago)
Jeff’s main is...
Sarah Mechem (11 months ago)
12:27 oh god, this is exactly what is currently happening with mercy. i wish people would have a little faith tbh
Ze _Jeff (11 months ago)
The interviewer is pretty annoying, stop interupting. also jeff is such a good role model
Ze _Jeff (11 months ago)
How could anyone in overwatch not be nice to jeff? I can't imagine he deals with toxicity, if i met him in a game i'd try my best
CatsRevenge (1 year ago)
Put Tara in the game, jeff!
Ilijas Ramic (1 year ago)
Go fuck yourself jeff
Jake Miller (1 year ago)
How can you not love this man? He's so open with the community and just seems like a regular guy.
Notkots (1 year ago)
I'm not sure who I'd rather spoon with. Papa Jeff or Lord Gaben
HUNK (1 year ago)
When does the Jeff reference the memes about him?
Oncle Sam (1 year ago)
Symmetra: «Hard work an dedication pays off!» ;)
HeoZ D (1 year ago)
I really love and appreciate when developers have an open line communication with the users. That's one reason why I reaaaaallly loved Bungie, they were always so close to Halo players on the forums and so on. So Jeff, THANKS for doing the developer updates, for listening, for reading, this just makes your company so much better.
Kacper Fresh Kulis (1 year ago)
I.. I just love how Jeff makes the game better for everyone. He responds to players. He is just so kind. :D Love ya Jeff <3
Joseph Chianelli (1 year ago)
I honestly think that a huge part of the success of Overwatch has to do with how involved in the community Jeff and the other developers are. It's really refreshing to see developers showing this much connection and understanding to their fanbase.
FENIX (1 year ago)
"people take placements quite seriously" I have never seen anyone caring about their placements...
crazynico101 (1 year ago)
FENIX They do because they think if you win all ten you will get some kind of crazy head start on Sr.
Samypoo (1 year ago)
Jeff you are the best. You have such a great personality. I do love Overwatch and I appreciate Blizzards work. Thank you, not only for the game but also for all the cinematic short Movies. Greetings from Germany.
Legend Ken (1 year ago)
my main is torbjorn...
chilly22 (1 year ago)
dinoflask when the video man
chilly22 (1 year ago)
jeff may be nerdy but the interviewer is nerdier :P
Aiglos (1 year ago)
Fuck you Jeff.
RealForturama (1 year ago)
What's the name of the Winston main Jeff is talking about? I can't understand the name.
dombobomb (1 year ago)
Jeff is my spirit animal
Temprel Storm (1 year ago)
I didn't know Jeff was this nice to humor a special needs guy like this.
Sean Richardson (1 year ago)
This is an absolutely amazing interview
Fan William (1 year ago)
Great, get a Paladins' ads before this Overwatch video :)
Mau Ordoñez (1 year ago)
Hey, I have the same shoes as Jeff. Am I cool now?
Sheriff Apple (1 year ago)
My overwatch is glitches I can't emote and I can't use my abiliteyes
TheMarineGamer IGGHQ (1 year ago)
God thank fuck for an actually good interviewer :D
Patrick (1 year ago)
...........Every new hero, every new event, every new map........... Does that mean that is much things in work for us?!!!!!!!!! 26:20
Edvin B. (1 year ago)
can Jeff say My name Jeff?
This is a very good interview. Loved it. Jeff says he is someone with zero charisma, but I strongly disagree. He is a very lovely person with whom I'd love to be friends with.
HomersIlliad (1 year ago)
Jeff should release a "Developer Update" video next April Fool's Day where he talks about patching stuff going on in real life. "We on the Overwatch Team have been getting plenty of great feedback on the patches we've been applying to update the world's energy sources, but we noticed that a number of players were migrating to servers running the Vanilla version of the game. When we checked the forums, they were saying the updates kept raising the required specs of the game, and some players running legacy hardware felt that they were being forced to update their rigs just to keep playing. So to give those players more time to migrate away from legacy hardware without mitigating the buffs players earned through the updates, what we did was nerf CO2's infrared albedo by 36% to offset global warming without drastically changing to the weather. "
Ed Diaz (1 year ago)
"I almost wanna tell people.. if we just patch, don't queue for competitive." Hes so real.
Illuminanonymous (1 year ago)
I think the lucio changes made him more skill-based than before, and that's what's appealing about him to me personally.
Kima (1 year ago)
i'm just waiting for Dinoflask montage
Alexander Engström (1 year ago)
This was a great watch, thank you, Jeff!
Patrick D. (1 year ago)
Patrick D. (1 year ago)
Ari Rashid (1 year ago)
Maybe your just bad
Convoy 99 (1 year ago)
This guys right arm alright?
Jake Tilton (1 year ago)
Thank you, Jeff's wife! I had been talking about the Winston nerf's needing to be semi-reverted ever since they implemented the one hero limit! Hire me Blizz! I can streamline this kind of stuff!
EatYOuRNuGGeT (1 year ago)
11:55 Welcome to console! That always happends in my matches. people just play whatever they want
guering (1 year ago)
Whoa how did you managed to get him to agree on doing this? I know at least 50 youtube channels would kill to have this chance.
Painkiller (1 year ago)
wrestle with jeff prepare for death
DMStraylight (1 year ago)
Fantastic interview.
Jigsawn (1 year ago)
Great interview, thanks for this!
David Lindberg (1 year ago)
jeff rocking the vans, nice
ChuggyNation (1 year ago)
fix the Goddamn Ranked system ASAP its by far the worst part of Overwatch i played a solo queue match teamed up with the worst scrubs barely lvl 50 against all prestige 2-3 and a couple silvers like really ? so we loose the first match in about 30 seconds because my teamates chose the worst comp ever, the start of the second round and its already 3v 6 at this point there's nothing we can possibly do to win so i just waited till the game ended so did the 2 other guy's on my team end of the match and i still loose 20 MOTHERFICKING SR WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY WHY WHYWHWYWHYWHYWHWYHWY FUCK YOU BLIZZARD FUCK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.
halofreak1990 (1 year ago)
+ChuggyNation Protip: Don't solo queue. It's the easiest way to get the most random match-ups and plays, which is really bad if you want to climb up ranks. And if you're losing too much SR on a loss, that means you didn't try hard enough. I lose an average between 10 and 20 SR on a loss, and I gain an average between 20 and 30 SR if I win.
calos136 (1 year ago)
ChuggyNation level doesnt correlate to rank at all. I've ran into gold portraits that are gold. The leavers are a problem i agree but not the levels
Something (1 year ago)
Murder ball sounds so much better than death ball
Geo (1 year ago)
my MCM will always be daddy Jeff
Bazzralic (1 year ago)
matchmaking is shit and blizzard REFUSES to implement AVOID THIS TEAMMATE feature
PCGamesN (1 year ago)
In fact exactly this happened with a particularly good Widowmaker back around launch. ~Ben
Cheezity (1 year ago)
Because implementing an Avoid Player option could become very bad for very good players. Take for instance what Xbox did to Halo 5 and Xbox Live in general. Xbox Live for years was if you blocked a player, you would never see them in matchmaking. Which meant that if you went into a game and got stomped by the enemy team because they had a very good player. You could block that Good player and they wouldn't match up with you. But because of this. It would cause both you and the good player to have longer queue times because it would have to work around you and this good player to find fair games. It got so bad at one point. Most Streamers and Pros playing on their personal accounts were having 10 min. queue times because random people would block them in order to never be paired up against them so you gain a higher chance of winning because you were never paired against them.
Himawari (1 year ago)
me and Jeff wear the same shoes
PCGamesN (1 year ago)
It's a sign. ~Ben
hey Jeff have you seen Dinoflask's version of "Shooting Stars" featuring you?? its amazing, you should go see it.
Michael Wigg (1 year ago)
Man crush. Jeff <3
The Zigister (1 year ago)
Here you are interviewung the man himself Jeff Kaplan, and all you ask are the same mandain, plain general questions that most interviewers already asked him over the past year... you should learn from the greats (Carson, Conan, Howard Stern) and ask question that the fans really curious about, personal stuff, his angle on things, his life, what hes doing daily, conflics at the office, whats his end goal regarding OW Esports and league, specific idea behind buffs nobody seem to talked about like the triple tank meta, or meta in general is it what they forsee getting into the idea of Overwatch, even about his favurite food, everything except "Hows Orisa been accepted" who cares man, we wanna learn about Jeff, not the corrent state of the PTR Jesus. even you looked bored.
chonchan (1 year ago)
kakokapolei123 (1 year ago)
The Zigister I thought it would be the opposite lol like who cares what he does in his free time
PCGamesN (1 year ago)
I asked him quite a bit of that sort of stuff, as you'll discover if you watch the whole interview. What I didn't ask him was stuff he won't have an answer for - Overwatch League, for example - because that would be a waste of everyone's time. ~Ben
ProoGenji (1 year ago)
seems like we have to thank jeff's wife for the Winston shield buff lol XD
PopeFire (1 year ago)
I need healing
GrannyGumJob (1 year ago)
Rob Green I require medical assistance
jb0258 (1 year ago)
i love this interview! it shows that jeff REALLY does understand what we all think. i believe jeff will do good with this game as time goes on, without a doubt
ねこCat (1 year ago)
Tamim Hossain (1 year ago)
buff mcCree
Ragillarhd (1 year ago)
@Dinoflask do your thing
Void Bow (1 year ago)
I'll take a ticket too and wait here.
Konstipoo (1 year ago)
0:45 that guy to the right: holding his hand in his crotch then realising it and looked into the camera
get on it dinoflask!
Lamprey • (1 year ago)
Memes aside he would be a good dad
FoxCom (1 year ago)
Oh I heard Petras at 26:50. So you named the Overwatch director after a story team guy huh?
Flowsnake (1 year ago)
5:15 How is that feeling, Jeff 10:20 What should do instead is adding a trading system like in Blacklight Retribution and an "admin" bot just like a player sends you stuff over 32:11 Rein is like 2 heroes in one, a melee guy with firestrike and 2nd a huge shield barrier. Maybe if they were 2 heroes instead or add in the future more variety (and I mean a stronger shield on 1st, and a proper melee tank as for 2nd) would fix the must pick problem for Rein depending on the situation.
joseph amayreh (1 year ago)
Jeff Kaplan how do I transfer $2 on to Blizzard because I really love your game in overwatch and I want to have more updates
Valkarez (1 year ago)
lol 2 bucks i bet that will really help them out
Nathan Hill (1 year ago)
Send him cupcakes
Baroness94 m (1 year ago)
buy lootbox
Bill (1 year ago)
I love you Jeff
Maxito otixaM (1 year ago)
Is that you, Sargon?
TheEvilNightOwl (1 year ago)
Dinoflask is going to have a field day.
Marina The Octoling (1 year ago)
If aliens invade Earth and asks to speak with "our leader", can it be Jeff? They would love him.
vmp916 (1 year ago)
It's Jeff, from the planet Earth.
xXjesperoXx (1 year ago)
"So we have some veery exciting features for you guys... eerr... aliens! We've been working on this new thing where we live together and share the workload. We're calling it 'society' and we're reeaally excited to show you guys... errr... aliens."
Ivo Knorr (1 year ago)
What is Jeff's in-game name?
Don Fusora (1 year ago)
Ivo Knorr kaplan
Tatsuo (1 year ago)
DiggyTurtle (1 year ago)
jeff's beard is growing back!!!!
TheLun4tic (1 year ago)
suggestion #1: roll the dice on new characters so players don't feel "betrayed" to not being able to play the new character. suggestion #2: Put Quests on the PTR on all non-new characters but the new one to earn rewards, loot boxes etc. suggestion #3: Reward balanced 2-2-2 groups more than no heal or no tank groups if they choose a balanced team right from the start (slightly more rating from wining the match) suggestion #4: Reward people that stay in team chat or at least communicate in their group suggestion #5: default settings: 2 voice channels. Groupchat as openMic + Teamchat on Push to Talk. We really had great plays when we stuck to Blizzard Chat (via battlenet Software) and just stayed on teamchat ingame. With this setup you will have a more clean communication towards your teammates because you will just push out commands via Push to talk. Also everybody will automatically be in teamchat in addition to the groupchat. dont make groupchat and teamchat mutual exclusive.
Rhint Valkinsson (1 year ago)
Why do people say "console" like they're saying "council"? Console is an easy word to sound out
Rhint Valkinsson (1 year ago)
No, people in america say council where it's primarily console. Also, I've heard brittish people say console when referring to a console outside of a gaming system. It's simply just not pronounced "Council"
kakokapolei123 (1 year ago)
Rhint Valkinsson language differences
WarHero373 (1 year ago)
Wrestle with Jeff...
GrannyGumJob (1 year ago)
WarHero373 prepare for death...
Makara (1 year ago)
"Three to the one from the one to the tree; What's up, this is Jeff from the Overwatch team!" Dinoflask be praised!
Thomas Blay (1 year ago)
40 mins of material for Dinoflask? Yes... yes...
HoverStrike (1 year ago)
PCGamesN I don't think it will work for Dinoflask videos. He needs frontal face shots so they can be integrated with clips from other videos. The developer updates work best for this.
PCGamesN (1 year ago)
We're praying for this, tbh. ~Ben
NOT EdgeLord (1 year ago)
the new event 24:18 thank me later
Tyrodin (1 year ago)
This makes me so happy and gives me life! :D
Titan Tantrum (1 year ago)
Brian Mayfield (1 year ago)
UNdeadGLADIATOR _ (1 year ago)
Jayce malcolm (1 year ago)
Tyrodin yes,,,
Jonathan Sublett (1 year ago)
Jk love you keep doing what ur doing
Wave Play (1 year ago)
Great interview, well done PCGamesN. Jeff seems super chill to talk to.
The Egg (1 year ago)
I'd fight Jeff Kaplan on the street.
Retard (1 year ago)
The Egg Wrestle with Jeff prepare for death
Where is Boy (1 year ago)
I need healing
TheLonelyLion (1 year ago)
I need healing.
The Egg (1 year ago)
MANTIS Sounds hot.
MANTIS (1 year ago)
The Egg He would have you pinned down begging for mercy in 15 seconds.
AlexZeBeast (1 year ago)
Wow, brilliant interview. I have massive respect for Jeff Kaplan. What an amazing guy
Thraxx Media (1 year ago)
29:02 - BioWare, listen to this please.
TrainOW (1 year ago)
This was very interesting to see the insights of overwatch, reworks, feedback, etc.
Linus Lundqvist (1 year ago)
Omg, TrainOW!
Nintraxas (1 year ago)
I moved to PC from Xbox in season 3 (which was really difficult btw, because I had not played a PC FPS in a long while) and in that season, I played Reinhardt and Zarya mostly. I was super excited to hear that are next hero was going to be a tank. When I finally got to play her, I didn't feel overpowered. I felt it was fun learning her kit and how she stacks up with other tanks. Now, I am not the greatest Orisa player, but I see her as a fresh take on protecting my team. Rein and the other tanks are great and have their weaknesses and strengths, but Orisa has her's too. :For Example: I see her ult as a way to supplement my team to help build their ult charge, when no ults are present. I tend to focus on an enemy Rein's shield and bait him into charging me (it feels so good stopping a freight train in his tracks and yelling "NOPE"). That said, I do find myself hindered from time to time with a high mobile enemy hero. I have more trouble with them as Rein than Orisa, though. I do not see her as over powered or under powered (imo). I have a decent understanding of her kit, however if a situation called for it, I have switched to a Winston or Rein, due to their kit being better suited for an enemy team's comp. I will say that I have also had some success countering a dive comp playing as her and have been countered by an Orisa while in a dive comp.
Ace D. (1 year ago)
psss we need fortify to be an anchor like ability for the team.
spacedoubt15 (1 year ago)
Great interview guys!
M E (1 year ago)
OK now i can sleep I know that widow is getting a skin
Wegason (1 year ago)
Fantastic interview, great that he plays the game and even better that he's experienced the loss streak and resulting massive SR loss like us!
Infinitium 520 (1 year ago)
Dinoflask where are you?
André Costa (1 year ago)
all i want is a genji buff (dont hate me pls)
candr (1 year ago)
not a buff... give him his edge dash back plz
Guilty Trinity (1 year ago)
André Costa I want triple jump
ShadowHentai (1 year ago)
André Costa there's a reason nobody gives a shit about good u are with pharah or Winston
ShadowHentai (1 year ago)
André Costa The shurikens take time to get used to, genji has a low skill floor because he's meant to be the hardest hero. It'd be boring if all heros were easy to just jump in and play as
Fluffy Kat (1 year ago)
Genji doesn't need a buff but heroes that get countered by genji aren't in the meta. Because genji works well with dive comps (a winston etc) you will see a lot of him in dive metas but in the triple tank meta he just doesn't do enough dmg to justify his existence. If you wanted more utility or usage from genji you shouldn't ask for buffs but ask for certain heroes to be added or changed that make the triple tank meta less viable. Ana is the main problem - her healing is too damn strong so you need someone to brutalize her. Unfortunately her sleep dart is too powerful and stops most flankers if you're talking skilled players here. What we could really use is a dive hero that's immune to CC for short periods of time after diving in. It might be a bit strong but it would allow for much harder countering of Ana.
Kelvin The Emboar (1 year ago)
Jeff likes Hanzo mains? Now I got to refund :(
Jonas Hütte (1 year ago)
5:47 THIS IS THE JEFF I CAN COMPLETELY IDENTIFY WITH<3 Feeling with you brother!
DiamondLuke26 (7 months ago)
Jonas Hütte I
JaggerBone (1 year ago)
DinoFlask, where are you?!
Hammeh (1 year ago)
9 game losing streak...lost 500sr...I hear you Jeff, I hear you ^^
Mega Voltz (1 year ago)
Hammeh - Overwatch (FailCraft) your voice is orgasmic
Don_333 (1 year ago)
Subtitles, please?
H4tchet (1 year ago)
could someone show this video to the diablo 3 devs?
Hamzah BoomShekaWawa (1 year ago)
I wish Jeff was responsible for balancing life like nerfing global warming and shit xD
chonchan (1 year ago)
"Global Warming is a lie." Donald Trump. Stinkiest turd America has ever pooed. Jeff for President!!
Funnynin (1 year ago)
global warming isnt that hard to beat it's just everyone on our team is retarded i think trump is trolling
PCGamesN (1 year ago)
RL needs a balancing pass bad. ~Ben
The Egg (1 year ago)
He'd accidentally buff cancer cell growth rates.
Graventiv (1 year ago)
Jeff is just such a cool and Grounded Person. I love it
Elitedevil (6 months ago)
"Grounded" ded
Oscar Gates (1 year ago)
Stop spoiling us Jeff

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