Overwatch 2 to Feature New PvE Missions, New Game Mode, and Hero 32
Blizzard will reveal new details about the next iteration of Overwatch at BlizzCon next week, according to a report from ESPN. “Overwatch 2” will feature a new logo for the franchise, new game modes, maps, heroes, PvE features, and seemingly revised hero abilities for that PvE experience. ESPN obtained the information via a source at BlizzCon as well as a training document for the event.
The new logo sports the same circular design as the original Overwatch logo, but with an orange “2” added to its right side.
Hero talents and in-game items also appear to be coming to Overwatch 2’s PvE mode, which according to ESPN’s reporting, will feature at least one mission. According to images obtained by Overwatch YouTuber Stylosa, this appears to mean that instead of 2-4 primary skills (think Tracer’s recall and blink abilities), each character will have some sort of progression system that unlocks additional abilities the more they level up, with players able to select an unspecified number of talents.
Tracer Overwatch 2 talents.Flash. Vortex. Hindsight. Chain reaction. Adaptive reload. Speed kills.Holy fucking hell. pic.twitter.com/kQv0VkyRMj— Stylosa (@Stylosa) October 27, 2019That PvE mission will be a four-player, story-based sequence set in Rio de Janeiro.Overwatch 2 will also debut a new game mode called “Push,” which will be set on a new map based in Toronto, Canada, according to ESPN.
Both the new PvE mission and the new Push mode are expected to be playable at BlizzCon, which starts on November 1.
The training document also contains information about Echo, the 32nd hero in Overwatch. According to ESPN, Echo is referenced by artwork in the training document, and is expected to be announced at BlizzCon as well.
Blizzard did not respond to ESPN’s request for comment.
The news of a new Overwatch iteration comes at a precarious time for Blizzard. The company has been swiftly and widely criticized for its decision to ban a champion Hearthstone playerfor pro-Hong Kong comments, along with the two shoutcasters who were part of the interview. In the weeks since the controversy began to boil, Blizzard has gone so far as to reduce the pro player’s ban to six months, but the company’s relationship with China will almost certainly play a factor in fan reactions at this year’s BlizzCon.
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All in all, six mystery panels have been announced, with Blizzard expected to focus not just on Overwatch, but also a possible Diablo 4 and the already revealed Warcraft 3: Reforged.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.