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Overwatch 2 officially revealed at BlizzCon 2019 – New modes, maps and more

Published: 31/Oct/2019 21:15 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 23:37

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard has finally given us our first look at Overwatch 2. The long-awaited sequel to the popular hero shooter will be focused on story-driven PvE content similar to that of the missions from the original game’s annual “Archives” event.

The game’s title screen was shown off as part of the “Zero Hour” Cinematic where the Overwatch team reunited to fend off an attack by Null Sector in Paris.

Unlike the first installment, Overwatch 2 will have hero talents and character progression with individual levels. These “talents”, which are unlocked as the player levels up, boost the power of each hero’s standard abilities. 

For example, at level 10, Tracer can unlock the “Flash” talent which allows her to deal damage to enemies by blinking through them. 

One of the four-player story PvE missions based in Rio de Janeiro will be playable on the BlizzCon floor.

In addition to the PvE content, Blizzard has also unveiled a new map for Overwatch’s newest competitive mode Push, which is also playable at BlizzCon. Push will be joining the likes of Assault, Hybrid, Payload and Control.

Push will take place on the new Toronto map, which is Overwatch’s first Canadian map in the game.

Shared multiplayer PvE missions will also be coming to Overwatch 2, which Jeff Kaplan compared to ‘Challenge Rifts’ from the Diablo series.

Additionally, skins and other cosmetics will be carrying over to the sequel. 

What was shown off in the gameplay trailer?

Numerous new maps were unveiled in the trailer and some old favorites, now with PvE missions.

Story missions shown included Illios, Route 66, Paris, Eichenwalde, Busan and Toronto and features heroes performing revamped versions of their existing moves. For instance, in one, Tracer takes out multiple enemies with a “chain reaction Pulse Bomb” that causes secondary explosions on enemies damaged by it.

Another ability upgrade saw Genji’s Dragon Blade act as a projectile that cut through oncoming targets on Eichwalde’s bridge.

Even cooler, a combo of upgrades saw Mei’s personal block freeze enemies nearby while Reinhardt performed a modified Earthshatter presumingly called “Hammer Strike”. 

Finally, Blizzard also introduced Sojourn and Echo to
the game’s ever-growing roster of heroes, but Kaplan failed to give any
more information on the pair other than the fact they were coming to
Overwatch eventually at the opening ceremonies.

Echo was first shown off during the BlizzCon Cinematic in 2018.
Kaplan had previously said she would be joining the roster, but they
wanted to “build her up” first.

With contributions from Dexerto writer Michael Gwilliam

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New OWL season 4 start date may hint at Overwatch 2 release window

Published: 23/Nov/2020 20:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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In a new video, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector revealed that the fourth season of OWL will be beginning a bit later than normal, possibly hinting at a release of the game’s sequel.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then fans have really been in the dark with the devs refusing to release any new information.

With the Overwatch League gearing up for its fourth season, fans have grown accustomed to seasons beginning in January or February, but that all changes going forward.

According to Jon Spector, the fourth season will be kicking off in the spring. While he chalked this up to the global health crisis, it’s also possible that Overwatch 2 could be influencing the decision a little bit as well.

Lucio in Overwatch 2
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Overwatch 2 will have a full campaign.

“Our 2021 season will start in the spring. That gives us a little more time to plan versus when we typically started in February,” he said. “It gives us and the teams a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.”

With BlizzCon 2020 scrapped and moved to an online event in February, many fans believe that this will be where Blizzard shows off more from the long-awaited sequel including a release date.

Overwatch community figure Naeri tweeted, “The 2021 Overwatch League is officially set to be back in the spring. Therefore, it seems that you can check the exact release of Overwatch 2 on BlizzConline 2021.”

This isn’t the only evidence either. As Dexerto previously reported, streamer Metro, who leaked information about the sequel before it was made official claimed that the game will most likely be getting a beta if not a full release in 2021.

It would make sense that the league would want teams and players to be familiar with everything Overwatch 2 has to offer such as new heroes, maps and modes before the season begins.

Furthermore, there have been some rumors that season 4 will have a pre-season. This seems like another indicator that we’ll be looking at a completely new game.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our eyes open and see what the future holds once BlizzCon kicks off in February.