While Overwatch 2 may feel more like an expansion instead of a sequel, that may have been by design – as Blizzard has plans in the future of merging the two clients into a single entity.
Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explained the idea in an interview with Kotaku.
"We think this is important, especially as a competitive experience," he said. "The whole idea is to avoid fragmenting the player base and giving anybody a competitive advantage."
Blizzard president J. Allen Brack was of the same sentiment during a recent investor call, stating that "the thought behind this is we've worked hard to build a strong community and we want to move forward as one."
Overwatch 2 was announced earlier this month during BlizzCon, and offers a number of features that have been heavily requested by the game's community – most notably the introduction of PvE modes, and additional narrative content.
The upcoming sequel is also to blame for Overwatch's dwindling content updates, according to Kaplan.
"Overwatch 2 was 100 percent the reason," he says in the same Kotaku interview. "And that was the reason that we were so excited to announce Overwatch 2. We now feel like we can have that open dialogue with the community of, ‘This is what we’re doing, this is why we’re doing these things.’"
While a release date for Overwatch 2 is yet to be confirmed, the title will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.