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Overwatch 2 Confirmed To Rethink Its Story Campaign Hero Mode In New Dev Chat

Posted on May 17, 2023 by Nick Moreno

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This past fall was a major step ahead for Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch 2. The title officially launched welcoming a new palette for its users as the game enters its free-to-play model. In that, the developer introduced a new battle pass system for the experience alongside supporting cross-progression for users to transition to the sequel properly. 

Kicking off this new story for the game, it was a major hit right out the door. By the end of week 1, more than 25 million users played Overwatch 2. And by the first month officially over, 35 million players entered Overwatch 2. Looking ahead, fans were eager to see how Blizzard Entertainment would translate the gameplay into the upcoming PvE Hero Mode story campaign promised since the game’s announcement.

Well, that is being changed dramatically. In the latest Dev Chat, Blizzard Entertainment explained that focus is solely on the live-service for Overwatch 2 rather than other modes. It continues by revealing that launch was also affected by this choosing to support the online version as well. You can view the segment of the video in the video below:

“Now, we made a commitment to always prioritize the live game and all of the people playing it and to devote our development efforts there; this game is nothing without all of you,” game director Aaron Keller explains. Jared Neuss, executive producer adds “I can’t really say enough about how much we learned over the past eight months or so.

“And more importantly, we’ve taken that learning and put it back into the game. So- season 2 you start seeing some updates we’ve made based on your feedback and what we learned. We’ve been changing all of our systems to adjust hero balance way more frequently; constantly adjusting the roadmap behind the scenes to make sure what we’re planning to deliver is going to be great for everyone out there. […] Development on the PvE mode hasn’t made any progress.”

Neuss goes on to elaborate that the scale to bring the mode to the user base with the same Blizzard quality as the multiplayer was unrealistic to do simultaneously. Instead, Keller shares that the developer is looking to integrate new co-op experiences into the roadmap for the game in the later future for Overwatch 2.

What are your thoughts on the decision from Blizzard Entertainment?

Overwatch 2 is out now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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