Overwatch 2 is the sequel to the first game, announced at BlizzCon in November 2019. Overwatch 2 will maintain a “shared multiplayer environment” between itself and the original Overwatch, so players acting in any of the games will be able to unite in existing game modes of players against players (PvP), while preserving all the revealed decorative things and other features. Jeff Kaplan said that he seriously argued this “position for the sake of the players” to Blizzard executives, given the trend of today’s industry to attract new sales. All new heroes, maps, and PvP modes will be added to both games to support a shared environment. At least 4 new heroes were added, including the flying robot Echo, previously featured in the short video “Reunion,” and Sojorn, a black Canadian officer introduced in the seasonal Overwatch Archive events. The new PvP mode, “Push”, will work as a tug of war, where each team fights for control of a robot pushing the load of the team to the opponent’s side. The “Push” will become part of the standard rotation of the card in the Overwatch League, and will also be available for the Fast and Rival game.
The game will retain stable PvE modes (player against the environment). They are similar to special seasonal events, including 4 player cooperative missions against computer opponents. In this mode, the player will be able to gain experience for the hero used, and, at certain levels of experience, to reveal new passive skills that enhance the hero’s current abilities. Thus, the player will be able to influence the gameplay for the hero. At least 2 PvE modes will be added: the story mode of missions, where the player is limited by the choice of a hero in the repetition of missions based on Overwatch mythology, and Heroic missions, allowing you to use all the heroes in the reflection of waves of enemies in different locations.
Overwatch 2 runs on an updated version of the original game engine, which provides increased map sizes for better support for new PvE story elements. In addition, all heroes have undergone visual design changes, although Blizzard does not expect all existing heroes to be ready to launch Overwatch 2; during the presentation of the game, 12 of the 31 heroes were ready. The game is expected to appear for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, although there is no release window right now. Kaplan said he was more concerned about product quality than timeliness of release. In his opinion, ultimately, Overwatch and Overwatch 2 will merge into a single product in order to avoid any effects of engine differences on the player’s experience.