At BlizzCon 2019 the long-rumored Overwatch 2 was finally announced, but the game’s release date was left a total mystery. Well, don’t expect the sequel any time too soon – according to series mastermind Jeff Kaplan, we won’t be playing Overwatch 2 until after BlizzCon 2020 (at least).
What’s important to us at Blizzard, on all our games, is that the game is awesome and the players are like ‘Yes, this is ready and now’s the time.’ I don’t have a date, It’s not this year, that’s a pretty safe answer. I have a feeling we’ll be talking about Overwatch 2 again next year at BlizzCon. If that helps.
Another thing was pretty obvious when watching the Overwatch 2 trailer – there seemed to be fewer characters running around, and not just compared to the current 31-Hero-strong roster. A lot of the original 21-character lineup also seemed to be missing in action. Even with some additions, like the newly-revealed Sojourn, Kaplan confirms Overwatch 2 is cutting back the roster.
In terms of characters, there will be multiple. It’s not going to be like Overwatch where there will be 21- that’s excessive and would be extremely disruptive to the game. But we want it to be big and impactful, so there’s going to be multiple heroes.
Of course, another pressing question has been raised – is Overwatch 2 even a true sequel? All the game’s new PvP Heroes, maps, and features will be available to owners of the original Overwatch, with only the new co-op story missions being exclusive to the sequel. So, is Overwatch 2 really more of a glorified DLC pack? Kaplan isn’t listening to that talk…
I don’t subscribe to that at all. I think the game is absolutely a sequel. It’s a huge game, and I think not only are we trying to do right by our players – current Overwatch fans who aren’t interested in Overwatch 2 – I’m hoping that we’re doing right by players of games that have sequels that are nothing to do with Overwatch. I hope we actually influence the industry a little bit. Progression can come forward with you.
Overwatch 2 is coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. What do you think? Excited? Or is Blizzard not doing enough for this sequel?
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