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Jeff Kaplan explains how much of Overwatch 2 will be PvE

Published: 5/Feb/2020 6:58

by Andrew Amos

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Overwatch 2 is set to deliver a new PvE experience to Blizzard’s hallmark FPS title, as well as fresh updates to PvP, but some players are concerned about whether the new story mode will overshadow the original.

Overwatch 2 has been hyped as the FPS’ saving grace, with an all-new story mode, a fresh graphics update, and heaps of gameplay changes.

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For players interested in a more complete experience, it should deliver on a lot of the story principles Blizzard has been itching to build. However, there’s been concerns raised about whether the core PvP game has been neglected as a result.

Overwatch 2 Hero Roster
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Overwatch 2 is going to be jam-packed with features for all players.

Answering community questions on the forums on February 3, Jeff Kaplan described just what players should expect from the Overwatch expansion.

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“For PvE we added a full story arc told through story missions,” he explained, and added it was a multiplayer experience. “Even though it’s a linear story I am reluctant to call it a campaign because it’s co-op, not single player.

“We’ll also have Hero Missions, which are highly replayable PvE backed by a progression system. The closest analogy is Adventure mode in Diablo 3 or World Quests in WoW — not a great analogy but indicative of the level of replay we were hoping for.

Lucio in Overwatch 2 Story Mode
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Overwatch 2’s story mode was first revealed at BlizzCon 2019 with a demo story centered around Lucio.

While there’s a lot of PvE content being shipped, the PvP side isn’t being totally neglected, with an all-new competitive game mode and new heroes on the way.

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“For PvP, we’re adding a completely new pool of PvP maps including a new game mode called Push. For both modes, new heroes will be added.”

However, when it comes to adding up percentages, it’s hard to tell. Blizzard haven’t confirmed how long the PvE campaign will be yet, and not all the features of the expansion have been revealed yet.

Soldier: 76 and Lucio playing Push in Overwatch
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Push is one of the new additions to the Overwatch PvP experience.

There’s a chance things could change between now and the release of Overwatch 2, which has been rumored to be at the end of 2020.

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For now, there seems to be a good balance of content between the new PvE side of the game and PvP. Players who only care about the competitive experience won’t need to invest into the expansion, but if you enjoy a good story mode, Overwatch 2’s is shaping up to be great.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.