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Jeff Kaplan confirms Overwatch 2 won’t have 2CP maps in Competitive

Published: 20/Feb/2021 1:03 Updated: 20/Feb/2021 1:35

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that 2CP or the Assault game mode will be a thing of the past when it comes to Overwatch 2 Competitive gameplay. It might not even be in Quick Play.

BlizzConline 2021 brought us new Overwatch 2 maps, some new hero looks, and a ton of info on the upcoming sequel, along with a hint from Jeff that could be the best news players have heard in months.

Assault, or 2CP maps, are where players must capture two control points in a row to complete the round, and they’re basically universally disliked by the playerbase. Maps like Paris and Horizon might look cool, but let’s just say there’s a reason both were removed from Competitive play in the past.

During the behind-the-scenes look at Overwatch 2, Kaplan let slip that the dev team was “in the mindset that maybe 2cp doesn’t exist in Overwatch 2.”

“We’re still exploring new game modes, we’re also re-evaluating older game modes that people are more critical of, we’re in the minset of maybe 2CP doesn’t exist in Overwatch 2,” Jeff let slip during BlizzCon’s first day. “Maybe there’s a cool new game mode that replaces it.”

This would be huge news for Competitive players, possibly being one of the biggest changes to competitive play we’ve heard about coming in the new game, and it was apparently confirmed by Kaplan on the Overwatch creator Discord, according to esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau.

Kaplan clarified what he meant by his statement on stream and in Discord. The game’s existing 2CP maps will be available “somewhere” in Overwatch 2, but no new 2CP maps will be made.

“2CP [Overwatch 1] maps will still be available ‘somewhere’ in Overwatch 2, probably in Arcade somewhere, definitely in custom games, but 2CP will not be in comp, and possibly not in quick play,” he said.

“We will be making a whole new roster of maps for Overwatch 2 PVP, and none will be 2CP.”

Now, it’s just a waiting game for Overwatch 2’s release, and this news makes it all the more sweeter.

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Jeff Kaplan reveals plans for Overwatch 2 closed and open betas

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Blizzard unveiled loads of new information about Overwatch 2 at BlizzConline, and while the game appears to be shaping up quite well, no release date was announced. Still, players could be getting their hands on it beforehand in the form of betas.

For a proper sequel, as is the case with Overwatch 2, letting players try out the game for themselves en masse can be a major help when it comes to balance and fine-tuning the experience.

Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan was asked about the roadmap for the game and if players can expect a closed beta.

Luckily, he seems pretty optimistic that it will happen, but the ‘when’ still remains up in the air.

“What’s most likely going to happen… we’ve already been having internal milestones, where those have been extended playtests and have involved people outside of just our team playing the game,” Kaplan told IGN.

From there, he expects there will be an internal alpha build for a while that will be more under wraps, with nothing really being talked about publicly.

However, he believes it’s “very likely” the game will transition to a closed beta that will be “more in the public eye.”

Winston stares down a large mech attacking Paris
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Overwatch 2 should be getting a closed beta.

This is very good news for fans, as his wording implies that they’ll be able to either play it themselves or see a lot of the sequel’s gameplay first-hand – that is, if they’re able to get access.

Unfortunately, for anyone hoping for an open beta, Jeff says it’s still not determined if that will happen.

The lack of an open beta could be good news, though, especially if the team doesn’t believe it needs to happen before release.

Overwatch 2 BlizzConline 2019
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It wouldn’t be a PvE mode without talent trees.

Jeff did also say that the team won’t be going as dark as they had after BlizzCon 2019, so hopefully we get a lot more news about the sequel’s development, new additions, heroes and more leading up to a closed beta.

While there may not be any news on when that closed beta will be happening, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any information in the months ahead.