During BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard announced Overwatch 2 with increased focus on story mode for the upcoming game. While the reactions to the announcement have been generally positive so far, the company didn’t specify when we will get the title during the announcement. If you were keen on playing the game after couple of months, you’ll be disappointed to know that Jeff Kaplan revealed that the title won’t be released until BlizzCon 2020.
During a Q&A panel, Overwatch’s game director said, “What’s important to us at Blizzard, on all our games, is that the game is awesome and the players are like ‘Yes, this is ready and now’s the time.’ I don’t have a date, It’s not this year, that’s a pretty safe answer. I have a feeling we’ll be talking about Overwatch 2 again next year at BlizzCon. If that helps.”
Kaplan also confirmed that although Overwatch 2 will feature multiple new maps as well as new heroes, it won’t be similar to the figures Overwatch’s initial 21 heroes. He commented that the developers don’t want to bring radical changes by releasing a massive cast of heroes. He added, “In terms of characters, there will be multiple. It’s not going to be like Overwatch where there will be 21- that’s excessive and would be extremely disruptive to the game. But we want it to be big and impactful, so there’s going to be multiple heroes.”
It will be interesting to see how Blizzard moves with Overwatch 2 moving forward. Given that all of Overwatch 2’s heroes, PvP contents, maps will be available to the owners of first title, a lot of fans asked if the upcoming title is a true sequel after all. But Kaplan was quick to dismiss the claim by saying the upcoming game is definitely a sequel with increased focus on PvE missions.
Overwatch 2 will be coming out to PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. As we move forward, we should learn more about the development of the game in the coming months.