Following weeks of speculation and leaks, Blizzard has officially announced Overwatch 2.
The sequel to the incredibly popular hero-shooter was announced via a lengthy cinematic trailer (as Blizzard loves to do), showing fan favourites Tracer, Mei and Winston joining forces with other heroes as they attempt to save Paris from an Omnic attack. We also get a brief look at Echo, the next hero making their way to the game. Check it out below!
Blizzard also revealed another trailer showcasing some of the gameplay fans can expect from the sequel. Overwatch 2 looks to be doubling down on the story and will add two new mission types. Players will be able to assemble in teams of four for Story Missions and Hero Missions (similar to what we saw in some of the seasonal events.)
Story missions will see players "will experience the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch join forces with a new generation of heroes. Players will take an active role in the Overwatch saga as a new global crisis unfolds through a series of intense, high-stakes four-player missions. As the story progresses, players will team up as different sets of heroes and fight to defend the world from the omnic forces of Null Sector, uncover the motives behind the robotic armies' attacks, and come face-to-face with rising new threats around the globe."
Alongside the Story and Hero Missions, the sequel will feature new and old maps, a new "Push" PvP mode, a new character levelling system and customisable hero abilities. Obviously, with it being a sequel, fans can also expect new characters pulled from the games deep lore.
Perhaps most unusual about the news is that those who stick with the original Overwatch will have access to all of the heroes and maps released in the sequel. Game director Jeff Kaplan stated, "Overwatch 2 also renews Blizzard's commitment to continue supporting the existing Overwatch community. Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer. In addition, current Overwatch players will be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps, ensuring the core PvP experience remains dynamic and vital for today's community in the Overwatch 2 era. More details on Blizzard's plans, including some of the new heroes joining the fray, will be announced in the future as development continues."
Check out the gameplay trailer below!
The company has seen itself in the news a lot lately for all the wrong reasons, so it was expected that they would make some big announcements during this year's event in an attempt to shift the focus. It appears to have been a success, as Blizzard also announced the long-anticipated [Diablo IV and the next World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands during Blizzcon.
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