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Overwatch 2 goes 5v5 rather than 6v6

How's that for a change?

Overwatch 2 will feature 5v5 PvP matches rather than the traditional 6v6 experiences found within the original Overwatch, Blizzard has today confirmed.

“The core Overwatch PvP experience will shift from six players per team to five players per team,” Blizzard said, recapping a livestream held overnight. “In the standard PvP game modes of Overwatch 2, each team will contain one Tank, two Damage, and two Support heroes.

“Role Passives abilities affect the gameplay with Damage heroes moving slightly faster than other roles, Support heroes regenerating health automatically after staying out of combat for a short period, and Tanks taking reduced knockback and providing less ultimate charge to opponents who damage them (compared to other roles),” Blizzard continued. “Mei’s Endothermic Blaster will slow and deal damage, but not freeze enemies in Overwatch 2. Other heroes like Bastion are being reviewed and reworked from the ground up.”

The livestream — below — also looked at the new Push game mode and maps including Toronto (above), Rio, New York, Monte Carlo and Rome.

We’ll let you know when more of Overwatch 2 is known.

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