Leaks and reports of Overwatch’s sequel have been around for quite a while now, but we’ve just now gotten a look at it. Overwatch 2 comes with new maps, heroes, and even a campaign mode. The campaign mode expands on the narrative foundation that Blizzard’s been building with its character cinematics.
Overwatch 2 is no ordinary sequel. The new additions, including new heroes and PvP modes, will also come to Overwatch with no additional charges. That’s somewhat unusual.
Overwatch and Overwatch 2 will coexist as one big PvP experience, but the new additions to Overwatch 2 will remain exclusive to it. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about the upcoming sequel.
Everything you need to know about Overwatch 2 after its announcement at BlizzCon 2019, along with what you can expect from the game will be listed in this article.
OverWatch 2 Release Date
Overwatch 2 is still in early development and the date of release hasn’t been decided yet according to a statement made by the game director Jeff Kaplan at BlizzCon 2019. His exact words were: “I don’t know, I have no idea”. He further stated that he wants to make the game as great as possible.
He said that he doesn’t have a date in mind, but he and his team at Blizzard want to take their time to the game as great as possible. Until they have more to share, there won’t be any further news on Overwatch 2 according to Blizzard. So, Blizzard won’t be giving any leaks or reports related to Overwatch 2. The same cannot be said about PlayStation Brazil. PlayStation Brazil tweeted that the game would come to the PS4 in 2020, but the tweet has now been deleted.
What Is Overwatch 2?
In simple words, it’s a sequel to Overwatch, but it’s not what sequels usually are. If you look at its details, it looks more like a big expansion, focusing primarily on PvE missions.
The storyline is the Overwatch Archive seasonal events from the past few years. The new campaign missions will likely have more story, dialogue, and cutscenes than the highly repeatable limited-time events.
Overwatch 2’s Announcement Cinematic
Blizzard released the announcement cinematic of Overwatch 2, which is 8-minutes long. Taking a look at the cinematic, it seems quite different from the disjointed hero cinematics Blizzard has released in the past. The cinematic ties multiple characters together in a focused story. For now, this is the kickoff, and Overwatch 2 is yet to have a campaign.
Overwatch 2 PvE Missions Are Divided Into “Story” & “Hero” Missions
Overwatch 2 is emphasizing more on the PvE mode more as the main campaign of the game is made up of cooperative Story Missions in which new and old Overwatch heroes will team up against the Null Sector, the robotic army players fought in the Uprising event from Overwatch.
A statement made by Blizzard says: “Players will team up as different sets of heroes and fight to defend the world from the omnic forces of Null Sector, uncover the motives behind the robotic armies’ attacks, and come face-to-face with rising new threats around the globe”.
Slightly modifying a hero’s playstyle, campaign missions are going to have item pickups. A Hp generator, a corrosive grenade, and a barrier shield are the three that have been shown by Blizzard. The barrier shield bears a striking resemblance to Winston’s shield. These items can be picked up by any hero in the mode, not carrying over between missions.
The PvE mode will also include Hero Missions. These missions will be separate from the story, and in this mode, players will be able to level up heroes and unlock customization options to modify their abilities. A modified Tracer builds that chains her Pulse Bomb explosion to multiple enemies was seen in the game trailer. These ability modifiers seem exclusive to PvE and won’t have any impact on PvP.
Overwatch 2 May Not Have Loot Boxes
Game director, Jeff Kaplan, made the following statement in an interview with PCGamesN: “Well, we have made a lot of changes to loot boxes and how they work over the years, so we’re definitely open to change. Overwatch 2, in terms of business model, we’re exploring different options that move us away from loot boxes, but I think that will be more for Overwatch 2 than the core game. I would never rule anything out”.He further stated that BattlePasses seem like a great idea, but didn’t say anything about Overwatch implementing something similar. But, if Blizzard doesn’t come out with a completely different model, we might just get BattlePasses.