Blizzard has announced the sequel for Overwatch onstage at BlizzCon 2019. The original game was released over three years ago. Blizzard has kept it alive by introducing new heroes, game modes and maps.
After adding a story mode, the sequel will now look to expand more on the lore that the game has been building over the years. The Overwatch 2 announcement clip picks up after a variety of short films that were released by Blizzard. The heroes of Overwatch face off against Null Sector, which is an invading robot force. Overwatch 2 won’t be anything like its prequel. The original game had a heavy emphasis on the PvP multiplayer experience.
The sequel is going to lay more emphasis on cooperative PvE content. This will see the players facing off against a lot of computer enemies in both story levels and replayable hero missions. The players will also be able to level up their heroes and alter their abilities.
The game will still have PvP modes and maps. Blizzard has also promised a new mode called “Push,” alongside new maps and heroes. These heroes will be added alongside the existing 31 heroes that are already confirmed to be returning. Blizzard 2 will also have six-versus-six team combat, akin to the previous game.
The game is also getting a new visual style. So, all the previous maps and characters will be getting fresh designs for the sequel. Among the new characters are Echo— a robot that featured in Overwatch’s Blizzcon short last year, and Sojourn— a character that was teased by Jeff Kaplan.
Blizzard is taking a new approach to the sequel and it promises to have “a shared multiplayer environment,” in which the current Overwatch players will be able to compete against Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer.