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Jeff Kaplan reveals details on length of Overwatch 2’s story

Published: 12/Nov/2019 23:12 Updated: 12/Nov/2019 23:16

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed new details regarding Overwatch 2’s PvE story campaign and how long it will be. 

Overwatch 2 was announced at BlizzCon 2019 where attendees were able to play a sneak peek at one of the game’s PvE missions taking place in Rio de Janeiro where heroes Tracer, Reinhardt, Mei, and Lucio fight against swarms of killer Omnic robots.

While the mission, visual upgrade, and new ‘Push’ game mode were well-received, many were unsure of the upcoming sequel was worthy of having the number ‘2’ in its title and viewed the game as more of an expansion.

Speaking with The Washington Post, Kaplan insisted that the upcoming game “isn’t just DLC or an expansion.”

BlizzardKaplan says Overwatch 2 is too big to be an expansion.

“I play a lot of games. I can’t think of a single DLC or expansion of this magnitude,” the Blizzard vice president added.

So how long will Overwatch 2 be? According to Jeff, fans will be getting their money’s worth as it will feature “a complete story experience like you would expect from any triple-A blockbuster game”

While the team is still working on the game, Kaplan provided no confirmation on the exact size but stated it would be “significant”.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that additional PvE content is released after the game’s launch.

As for why the team is so focused on the story side of things, Kaplan explained that because the Overwatch heroes are so dynamic, people who are not primarily PvP gamers have taken to the Blizzard shooter. This would be something for that player base to sink their teeth into.

“There are so many people who are deeply engaged with our characters because we’ve put these heroes at the forefront,” he stated. “They would love to engage with the characters in a way that is a little bit less high pressure to them. So we felt like, you know, if we could deliver one really massive feature to our fans, it would be to blow out the co-operative side of the game.”

While the team is hard at work on Overwatch 2 and not devoting as many resources to seasonal events, that doesn’t mean the original game won’t be receiving major updates.

Kaplan said his team had doubled in order to work on the sequel and there is “really cool content and plans” coming in 2020. “It’s a challenge, but it’s one that we’re excited to meet,” he said.

Unfortunately, there’s no release date for Overwatch 2 just yet, but hopefully, we can get some concrete news before BlizzCon 2020.

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Overwatch players discover signs of possible Hanamura rework for Overwatch 2

Published: 15/Jan/2021 0:25

by Michael Gwilliam

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Eagle-eyed Overwatch players may have found evidence of a potential rework of the assault map Hanamura after familiarizing themselves with Kanezaka.

The game’s newest map, Kanezaka, is unique in that it’s positioned directly below Hanamura and can be seen when looking at it from above.

While there is no mistaking the large buildings seen off in the distance on Kanezaka as the ones from Hanamura, there are some slight differences that could point towards a future rework.

As Redditor ‘_Panthera_Unca_’ explained in their post, “on Kanezaka you see Hanamura, but it looks different to the actual map, in particular, the tower in the Middle (on Kanezaka) has replaced these two buildings, but the main tower for 2nd and 1st seems to be the same.”

Overwatch Kanezaka map
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The Kanezaka map seems to be home to many mysteries.

It begs an interesting question: why would Blizzard create a different version of Hanamura when it’s supposed to be the same map?

The Redditor has a theory that Blizzard is reworking Hanamura, but are saving it for Overwatch 2.

“Maybe I am reading too much into this, but I think it wouldn’t even be like Blizzard to not add Kanezaka to Hanamura, with the love for detail they have shown in the past but putting in a wrong model just seems so out of place for them,” they concluded.

Hanamura Rework? Explanation in comments from Overwatch

Assault/2CP game modes are, for many Overwatch players, the bane of their existence. The mode is widely controversial, requiring plenty of teamwork to pull off a successful attack.

Blizzard has discussed potential changes to 2CP in the past and even let users test some concepts with the Experimental Mode, but any major fix would require a whole map rework.

Notably, both Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony have been removed from the competitive rotation for a long time to undergo reworks, so it’s possible that more maps are being redesigned behind the scenes.

We’ll have to wait and see what Blizzard has planned, but expect to hear more news on Overwatch 2 and maybe even what’s happening with Hanamura come BlizzCon in February.