Adding to the growing list of titles announced out at Blizzcon comes Overwatch 2. One of the ones that many had a feeling that Blizzard was working on and now we have official word that it is in the works and coming to the PC, Xbox One, Switch, and PS4 when it is finally ready to come to us all. You know, the usual form that the developer goes with their games. That and since Overwatch is still going strong, I am sure that there is no real rush to get the new one out there. Well, outside of letting everyone know that the game is coming and now the hype machines are flowing strong. That only means that it will be coming sooner than rumored I guess.
Just like the other big announcement, we have a new and long cinematic trailer for Overwatch 2 to give us all a feel for how the story and world will expand with the new game. Just as it did with the original announcement of the franchise and how some of the extra characters have been mixed in. Something you can see with the extra Overwatch characters that have been brought into the game along the way but was not there at the start. Now we get to see how they all fit in here and how they will expand forward. Hopefully, that will go the same way with all of the other new characters that will be coming with this new title. If there is another title in the mix or they just go into full animation modes.
Overwatch 2 — Zero Hour
More than 50 million players worldwide have teamed up to capture objectives, push payloads, and fight for the future in Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed team-based shooter. Today, before a sold-out crowd of BlizzCon 2019 attendees and millions watching online, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Overwatch 2, a supercharged sequel that will send players deeper into the world and story of Overwatch and build upon the original game’s critically acclaimed foundation of world-class PvP competition.
In Overwatch 2, players will take on the roles of the world’s heroes in cooperative missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe. Players will also battle each other in the next evolution of competitive Overwatch play, which carries forward existing players’ accomplishments and loot collections and features the current complete Overwatch roster, a new generation of heroes, new internationally recognizable maps that widen the scope of the world, a new Push map type, and more.
In the sequel’s action-packed cooperative Story Missions, players will experience the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch join forces with a new generation of heroes. Players will take an active role in the Overwatch saga as a new global crisis unfolds through a series of intense, high-stakes four-player missions. As the story progresses, 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.
While the hype and story trailer we have here for Overwatch 2 is nice, we do also have some new gameplay to look at for the game too. We get to see how some of the new looks for the characters will be and some of the new modes that will be coming. There is even a nice little tease of a new character that will be coming to the game and have their own Hero missions that can be played co-op. That is, if you do not want to dive into the fun of the 6v6 gameplay that Overwatch 2 will still be holding in the fuller form. For those like me, it is also nice to see how the story campaign will flow here and it looks to go a bit deeper than we had before. At least from my memory as I do not remember it being like this.
Overwatch 2 — Gameplay
The battle continues in Hero Missions, where the Overwatch team will be called upon to go beyond their limits as they deploy across the planet, defending cities against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world. In this highly replayable mode, players can level up their favorite heroes and earn powerful customization options that supercharge their abilities in co-op play—such as altering Reinhardt’s Fire Strike to ignite nearby enemies or modifying Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to cause a devastating chain reaction—granting the extra edge they need against the overwhelming odds.
To help realize these missions, the sequel also introduces significant engine upgrades that support larger maps for co-op (PvE) play, as well as the wide variety of new enemies and factions that players will encounter on their missions. The game also introduces visual enhancements designed to bring players’ favorite heroes—and their new looks for Overwatch 2 to life in greater detail.
Overwatch 2 also represents the beginning of a new era for the series’ world-renowned competitive 6v6 play. In addition to carrying forward all of the original game’s heroes, maps, and modes—as well as existing Overwatch players’ accomplishments and loot collections — the sequel adds multiple new playable heroes to the ever-growing roster; widens the scope of the world with even more maps and locations; and adds a new Push map type, in which two teams compete to make a robot (that happens to be pretty good at pushing things) push the map’s objective to their opponent’s side.
Overwatch 2 also renews Blizzard’s commitment to continue supporting the existing Overwatch community. Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer. In addition, current Overwatch players will be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps, ensuring the core PvP experience remains dynamic and vital for today’s community in the Overwatch 2 era. More details on Blizzard’s plans, including some of the new heroes joining the fray, will be announced in the future as development continues.
Have you lost your mind over the announcement for Overwatch 2 here or are you still holding it until we get more to go on? Do you like the fact that the old players will still be able to play with the new ones without needing to buy the game or will that get old fast for some? Do you think we are going to lose classic characters to make room for the new ones or will we have a roster of 50+ characters at some point? Let us know what you are thinking down in the comments and then feel free to discuss. When there is more to share for Overwatch 2, we will share it all here. All you need to do is keep checking back in here for all of that and much, much more.