It's coming! One month after Kaplan confirmed that the Overwatch team's working on it, we finally have a rough ETA for when shared highlights will be available. Asked Battlenet's LastLaugh, "any news on saving Play of the Games or Highlights without having to use external programs?"
To which the game director responded:
Yes. This will be live before the end of summer. It's being worked on right now.
But to clarify: this is not a full replay system. That one's a lot more involved, and doesn't have an ETA as yet. Said Kaplan over Reddit:
Just to clarify, the title of this post is misleading. The poster on the official forums asked about "Saving Highlights". We consider saving Highlights and PoTG's very different from a "Replay System". We've also worked on replay technology (in fact it is what drives highlights and potg's) but that system is way more complex and will take much longer than saving highlights. Hope this clarifies.
Play of the games, sometimes to show off amazing stunts and more often than not used for comedic purposes, are among the community's most commonly shared content. The game's propensity for the unexpected and the absurd is a major selling point in general.
Right now, the most common ways to share Play of the Games is to either with a third-party streaming service, or Microsoft's onboard recording software -- all of which have one drawback or another. An internally supported share system would allow Blizzard to guarantee a certain threshold of quality.
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