And has a PvE focus previously rumoured.
Overwatch 2 was today announced at BlizzCon by developer Blizzard, and it seems most of the leaks and rumours surrounding the sequel were spot on.
As per the rumours, Overwatch 2 will have an emphasis on story, with a PvE campaign that will push the narrative forward. There will be a PvP element though; both the new Push mode and Toronto map were confirmed today. Moreover, new hero Sojurn has also been confirmed for the game; she’ll appear alongside Overwatch‘s current roster of characters.
Blizzard also confirmed that a player’s customisable skins, sprays, play of game stances and victory poses will make the jump from Overwatch to Overwatch 2.
“In Overwatch 2, players will take on the roles of the world’s heroes in cooperative missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe. Players will also battle each other in the next evolution of competitive Overwatch play, which carries forward existing players’ accomplishments and loot collections, and features the current complete Overwatch roster, a new generation of heroes, new internationally recognisable maps that widen the scope of the world, a new Push map type, and more,” Blizzard said in a press release.
“In the sequel’s action-packed cooperative Story Missions, 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.
“The battle continues in Hero Missions, where the Overwatch team will be called upon to go beyond their limits as they deploy across the planet, defending cities against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world. In this highly replayable mode, players can level up their favourite heroes and earn powerful customisation options that supercharge their abilities in co-op play—such as altering Reinhardt’s Fire Strike to ignite nearby enemies or modifying Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to cause a devastating chain reaction—granting the extra edge they need against the overwhelming odds.”
A release date for Overwatch 2 was not named, nor were available platforms. We’ll keep you informed as we learn more.