Following days of rumors, Blizzard has finally announced Overwatch 2. The sequel to 2016’s popular team-based shooter is now getting a sequel. Although the new title will also feature a multiplayer component, the main focus will be on a co-op story mode. Support for the original game won’t be ended, however, as Blizzard aims to maintain both games at the same time.
As seen in the trailer above, Overwatch 2 features “highly replayable” co-op story and hero missions. Instead of the character system, players will be able to level up heroes, thus unlocking new abilities. Overwatch 2’s story mode is shaping up to be quite good, and there’s no doubt that PvE gameplay will attract lots of new players.
PvP, meanwhile, has also received a bunch of updates. While the original Overwatch remains untouched, the upcoming sequel will add new maps, game modes, and heroes. A new PvP game mode called Push has teams engage in a tug-of-war over a payload. The new Push game mode, including all future PvP content for Overwatch 2, will be deployed for the original game as well.
Blizzard also confirmed that the entire 31 hero roster will receive updated visuals in Overwatch 2. Whether or not the first game undergoes the same graphical overhaul remains a mystery. Since cross-play between the two games has been confirmed, it’s highly likely that the predecessor will receive the same updates as the sequel.
Now that the dust has settled, it’s clear that Overwatch 2 hasn’t killed Overwatch like many people thought. Rather than reiterate on PvP, it seems Blizzard’s goal with the new title is to appeal to the PvE market. Existing Overwatch players will also have a reason to dive into the sequel, as Blizzard has confirmed that player progression and cosmetics will carry over onto Overwatch 2.
Overwatch 2 currently doesn’t have a confirmed release date, but expect more information in the near future. The game is currently in development for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.