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Blizzard Announces Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon, Features PvE & Cross-Play With Overwatch

November 1, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The next iteration of Overwatch is on the way, with Overwatch 2 being announced at BlizzCon on Friday. Game Director and Vice President Jeff Kaplan announced during the BlizzCon opening ceremonies that Overwatch 2 will be a standalone game, but feature cross-play with the original (and still very active) Overwatch in terms of PvP play. The sequel will feature PvE play with four-player cooperative Story Missions, as well as new Hero Missions with character progression and game engine upgrades that update the visuals for the game and provide support for larger maps for the PvE play.

“With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment, in a press release. “We’re looking forward to telling the next chapter of this epic story in-game, and we’re excited to give players a whole-new kind of co-op experience built around progressing and customizing their favorite heroes—all while providing even more of everything they love about Overwatch today.”

The PvE mode will feature story progression within game for the first time, with players teaming up as different hero sets to, as the announcement notes, “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.”

Hero Missions will feature a level-up mode that will earn customization options that power co-op mode abilities. The examples given are a Fire Strike from Reinhardt that ignites nearby enemies and Tracer’s Pulse Bomb causing a chain reaction.

The sequel will introduce a new map type for PvP called Push, which will see two teams competing to make a robot push the objective to their opponents’ side. Push will be played in Quick Play, Competitive and in the Overwatch League. Also set to be introduced is the new hero of Sojourn, an Overwatch captain introduced in the Storm Rising co-op mode from 2019’s Overwatch Archives. More heroes are set to be announced going forward, and the existing Overwatch heroes will get “new looks.”

In addition, the announcement noted that Overwatch and Overwatch 2 will have cross-play PvP in a move designed not to split the franchise’s player base. Players’ cosmetics and achievements from Overwatch will transfer into Overwatch 2 and current players of Overwatch will be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps. More details, including some more heroes (likely including Echo, who is featured in the gameplay trailer), will be announced as development continues.

You can see the new cinematic announce trailer, the Overwatch 2 gameplay trailer and the “story so far” recap cinematic below: