This past weekend, sports network ESPN received a tip followed with a document that disclosed the legitimacy of Overwatch 2 along with a handful of details that would be revealed at this week’s annual Blizzcon event in California. Said documentation mentioned that new heroes will be introduced, PvE implementation, and a new competitive mode will be showcased this Friday.
Arriving to today, Blizzard Entertainment gave the anticipated sequel a proper announcement with a full presentation for fans to take in the new flow of news for the online, team-based, first-person shooter. Reflecting on the alleged claims from the beginning of the week, it looks that the detail ESPN looked to come out being true.
According to the press kit for the game, Overwatch 2 will offer story-focused missions that players will be able to participate in cooperatively with friends along the way. Blizzard confirms that these new campaign tasks will support up to four players to indulge in, and reintroduces familiar Heroes along with the next lineup of characters that have yet to be announced for the upcoming follow-up.
The missions don’t stop there though, the experience then breaks into the Hero Mission segment of the story portion for the next Overwatch. “Heroes are called upon to go beyond their limits as they deploy across the world, defending cities against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world.” Emphasis on leveling up your hero is also suggested from Blizzard: furthermore suggesting that these cast of missions will offer replayability to continue climbing the ranks for better customizable upgrades.
As for the competitive side of Overwatch 2, Blizzard verified the previous claim for ‘Push’. Sharing that the newest multiplayer mode will pit two teams who must assist a defenseless AI in completing a set of objectives sprawled across the map. The addition of not one, but two new heroes are said to be included with the sequel, only revealing the enigmatic Sojourn without further detail on the next addition nor for the other unnamed hero. The same can also be said for the additional maps coming to the new title as well.
One interesting feature that many fans look to be eager to see in the open is the implementation of a multiplayer sharing world with players of the original title. . Meaning that players on the first Overwatch will play with owners of the second game; Blizzard then discloses that this only applies to the PvP aspect of the game. Only those who purchase Overwatch 2 will have the new content available, the first game will receive the new roster add-ons, modes, and maps. However, this simultaneously confirms that progression from the first installment will also be available to transfer to the newest project also.
What features do you look forward to most for this new title?
Overwatch 2 is listed for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC with not slated release date.