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Everything we know about Overwatch 2: Release date, heroes, modes, more

Published: 14/Aug/2020 6:00 Updated: 14/Aug/2020 6:23

by Isaac McIntyre

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Blizzard officially announced the Overwatch franchise’s long-planned sequel at BlizzCon in November 2019, and since then have been trickling out details on the Overwatch 2 release date, heroes, modes, and more. Here’s a look at everything we know about the 2020 title so far.

The hero-based FPS franchise’s sequel was first announced 10 months ago at the last full BlizzCon event. We already know that it’s going to be primarily single-player focused, finally bringing campaigns and quests to Overwatch.

Overwatch 2 will also offer up a “revamp” for the title’s multiplayer mode, which will stay the same on the original game too. Here’s everything we’ve collected on Blizzard’s 2020 release, from a potential release date, to game modes, and more.

Overwatch 2 release date

Little has been locked in on the Overwatch 2 release date so far⁠. Blizzard devs have zipped their lips and thrown away the key, it seems. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few leaks pointing to potential calendar dates.

Blizzard vice-president Jeff Kaplan admitted back at BlizzCon 2019 the developers “don’t have a date in mind” for the sequel yet.

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Overwatch’s long-awaited sequel may be coming before the end of the year.

The one solid clue we do have so far came from PlayStation Brazil’s official Twitter account. In a now-deleted tweet, the account suggested Overwatch’s sequel would be “coming to PlayStation 4” in 2020, though they didn’t mention a specific month.

The Overwatch sequel is likely to go through a small closed beta period for the single-player aspects of the game. The original release had a six-month beta, but Overwatch 2 shouldn’t need that long to get up to scratch this time.

For now, Dexerto is tentatively eyeballing December, 2020 as a potential Overwatch 2 release date. That should line up perfectly with the next-gen console releases in the holiday season, and give OW2 a solid Christmas sales boost too.

PlayStation Brazil seems to have confirmed a 2020 release date for Overwatch 2.
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PlayStation Brazil seems to have confirmed a 2020 release date for Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 game modes

The main features for Overwatch 2 will be its story-based single-player offerings. These PvE modes will fill a void many fans feel the franchise never truly filled since its mid-2010s debut.

What the Overwatch 2 storyline may be remains to be seen, for now. We’ve been given a little sneak-peek in the “Recall” trailer from last year though. That teaser promised Overwatch will again come up against waves of Omnics.

That also lines up with new plans the Overwatch developers revealed recently regarding the sequel maps. Blizzard said they were aiming for “longer missions, involving more foes” in a set of new missions similar to Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2.

“Adding enemy types [like L4D2’s zombie classes] leads to complex ability interactions between enemies and heroes, and also between the enemies themselves,” the devs revealed.

“There will be both short-range and long-range units that coordinate attacks.”

Paris in the Overwatch 2 Zero Hour teaser trailer.
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Blizzard has promised huge new Overwatch maps for the sequel.

Overwatch 2 will also introduce a new “talents” progression system at launch. Players will be able to upgrade each hero’s abilities and power as they adventure through “highly replayable” co-op missions in the sequel, Blizzard has said.

Finally, the sequel is expected to add a new “Push” game mode for the multiplayer side of the hero-based shooter. The new playlist seems to be a type of reverse tug-of-war, or a two-way version of Overwatch’s iconic Payload mode.

BlizzardOverwatch 2 will introduce hero talents for PvE modes.

Overwatch 2 crossplay & cross-progression

Blizzard is “exploring” Overwatch 2 crossplay ahead of the sequel’s release date, Kaplan has confirmed, with plans to link players on Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and more for most multiplayer matches after launch.

“[Crossplay] is something we’re passionate about, and currently in the process of exploring,” the Blizzard guru admitted during a recent Overwatch roundtable on Reddit on July 31. 

“We [also] really like the idea of cross-persistence,” Kaplan wrote after the crossplay answer. “It’s something we would love to see for Overwatch… we are very passionate about trying to make something like this happen someday.”

Jeff Kaplan talks about Overwatch 2 crossplay.
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Jeff Kaplan confirmed Blizzard is “exploring” crossplay for Overwatch 2.

Is Overwatch going free to play?

Blizzard has not yet confirmed if Overwatch 2 will be free-to-play at launch, or if it will carry at least some kind of retail cost. All multiplayer features will be added to the original Overwatch title free of charge, of course.

Recent Overwatch rumors have also pointed to the potential for the entire franchise to move to a free-to-play model in the sequel’s release. This swap was originally set to be announced at BlizzCon, but was pushed back, leakers said.

Exactly what the cost of the sequel will be remains to be seen. In the UK, GAME is listing a pre-order price of £54.99 – the typical full price for a new triple-A title – though it’s possible at this stage that is simply a placeholder cost.

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Blizzard has remained coy on if the Overwatch sequel will carry a price tag at release.

Will sequel be on next-gen consoles?

Blizzard will likely release Overwatch 2 on the next generation of consoles. That includes the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when they arrive in the 2020 holiday season later this year.

Blizzard have previously brought older games to new console generations post-launch. It is likely they will do the same again in 2020 or 2021. Diablo 3 was the latest Blizzard title that landed on two generations all the way back in 2013.

It’s looking quite likely Overwatch 2 will arrive across a multitude of platforms. If it misses its teased December 2020 release date too, there’s no reason not to have it arrive on the PS5 or XSX, considering they will be on the market by 2021.

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Overwatch’s sequel is on its way, hopefully at the end of the year.

So, there you have it; everything we know about Overwatch 2. Dexerto will strive to keep you updated on everything regarding the highly-anticipated sequel. Stay up to date by following Dexerto’s Overwatch Facebook page, Overwatch Cavalry.

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Overwatch player shows advantage of “confirm Duplication” as Echo

Published: 29/Oct/2020 16:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch’s newest hero Echo has proven to be a very complex yet powerful character since her debut. Now, players are finding new ways to take advantage of the Duplicate ultimate, primarily its “confirm” function.

Because Echo has the ability to transform into any enemy hero on the battlefield, assuming they’re alive, there’s always a chance that in the heat of the moment, players Duplicate a hero they didn’t intend on copying.

This can be a real pain, because there are some heroes that are much better Duplicate prospects than others. However, the confirm Duplication option can ensure no mistakes are made.

There are other benefits to having the confirm option on too, such as being able to get in a much better position when the actual Duplicate is initiated.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

As Redditor Hard-Light_Hackerman shows, by selecting the Symmetra as a target and then flying towards the Rialto high ground, they’re able to put themselves in a prime position to get the most out of the ultimate.

Once on the high ground and out of the enemy’s line of sight, they’re able to place down multiple turrets and a teleporter to tele-bomb the opponent’s backline and become a massive threat.

Right away, they’re able to take down both of the enemy supports and build up Symmetra’s Photon Barrier to protect themselves while continuing to pressure the tanks and Hanzo.

Why the Confirm Duplication option is superior. from Overwatch

Overall, the play itself is extremely well done and results in five kills going the way of the Echo player and the payload reaching the first checkpoint.

Had the confirm Duplication option been off, then it’s possible that Symmetra would never have been able to begin the attack on the high ground and not be anywhere near as effective.

If you enjoy playing Echo or are thinking of maining her, be sure to change your settings to have confirm Duplication on to ensure that you’re copying the right hero and that you can make use of Echo’s mobility before transforming.