Overwatch 2 updates are back at last weekend’s BlizzCon Online 2021! After a long silence from Blizzard, we’re finally getting some updates to the sequel of our favourite team-based hero shooter. And while we didn’t get a launch date we did get a lot of updated gameplay, a new character showcase and some new designs for some of the characters.
Our last big Overwatch 2 update was at BlizzCon 2019 but from now on good ole sensei, Jeff Kaplan has promised more frequent updates. We’ll be updating this article whenever any big news hits so keep an eye out! In the meantime don’t expect Overwatch 2 to be launching this year, but 2022 seems like a decent timeline.
INTRODUCING PVE GAMEPLAY
One of the biggest changes to Overwatch 2 and the original is the addition of Hero Missions and a Story Mode staged in PvE format. The game’s main campaign, made up of co-operative Story Missions, will see new and old Overwatch heroes teaming up against the Null Sector. The robotic army players fought in the Uprising event from the original game.
PvE format I imagine will be similar to the Archives Event on Overwatch. Blizzard has stated that in these missions players will have to hold out against a variety of different Omnic enemies. This includes Elite Grunts, The Puller, and The Breacher, with each enemy having its own set of skills.
Story missions will also have item pickups that can slightly modify a hero’s playstyle. The three shown were an HP generator, a corrosive grenade, and a barrier shield similar to Winston’s. Any hero in the mode can pick these up and use them at will, but they don’t carry over between missions.
The story mode will be the full-blown Overwatch 2 game while Hero Missions are smaller experiences that players can complete to upgrade the various characters on the roster.
Hero Missions will be separate from the story and are designed to be highly replayable. In this mode, players can level up heroes and unlock customization options that modify their abilities. We’ll talk about this later. In the gameplay trailer, we see a modified Tracer build that chains her Pulse Bomb explosion to multiple enemies. As far as we can tell, these ability modifiers are exclusive to PvE and won’t have any impact on PvP.
Jeff has said that “Overwatch 2 will have hundreds of Hero Missions”. Some of these missions will take place on existing maps or in a place on the map unique to the mission.
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