Blizzard has finally announced Overwatch 2, complete with a beautiful new cinematic.
The second game will have all the same maps and characters, but will add additional characters and maps from locations (like Torono) that weren’t in the previous game. Two of the new characters were teased – a flying robot named Echo, who was in last year’s animated short, was seen in the new cinematic, and Sojourn, a character Blizzard isn’t ready to talk about just yet.
Overwatch 2 will also feature a story mode that will make use of all the lore established in the first game and move things forward in, hopefully, interesting ways. The cinematic used to make the announcement showed a number of heroes coming together to fight off a wave of invading Null Sector robots.
Blizzard also emphasized replayable “hero missions” that will allow players to level up their heroes and customize their abilities. However, it seems these ability customization upgrades are exclusive to the new co-operative hero missions.
Fans have long wanted more story and cooperative PVE content for Overwatch – co-op modes like Dr. Junkenstein’s Revenge, Retribution and Uprising have been fan favorites since their addition to the game (they’re only around during seasonal events). So Blizzard’s move to make co-op a bigger part of Overwatch 2 makes a lot of sense.
However, Blizzard didn’t want fans to misunderstand Overwatch 2. It’s still very much a competitive game that will feature the same 6v6 competitive multiplayer combat the series is known for. They even announced a new core PVP mode called “Push,” that will be featured in competitive, quickplay and in the Overwatch League.
But as for how the franchise will move forward into Overwatch 2, things get a little confusing. Overwatch 2 should support all the cosmetics from the first Overwatch. More interestingly, Blizzard is claiming a “shared multiplayer environment,” in which players playing the first Overwatch game will be going up against players in Overwatch 2 in PvP, and should be getting all the new characters and maps as well.
Blizzard also mentioned briefly that Overwatch 2 will have upgraded visuals, with all the characters and maps getting design updates. Yet this only makes the fact that Overwatch 1 will be getting ongoing support and that players can play either game to get the new maps and characters, all the more confusing.
This announcement was more or less Blizzard making the rumors and leaks official, and stating that more details will be coming in the near future.
No release date was announced.