Overwatch 2 was first mentioned at Blizzcon in 2019, but details have been relatively sparse since then. Let’s take a look at Overwatch 2 and its 5v5 and tank changes, maps, heroes and more.
Overwatch has become one of the world’s most beloved FPS titles. Blizzard’s flagship FPS is packed with great characters, beautiful maps and is accompanied by a vibrant esports scene.
When it was announced at Blizzcon 2019 that a sequel would be coming, fans went wild. Here’s everything we know about Overwatch 2 so far.
- Is there a release date for Overwatch yet?
- 5v5 and tank changes
- New game modes
- New heroes
- New cards
- Latest news and leaks
Is there a release date for Overwatch 2 yet?
One of the most controversial parts of Overwatch 2’s development is its release date. Since its announcement, Blizzard has been pretty evasive when it comes to when the game will actually come out. A host of recent developments, including Blizzard’s latest recruiting campaign and a statement from former Blizzard executive Jeff Kaplan, suggested the release date could have been late 2021.
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The game has been delayed multiple times, even in the absence of an initial release date, with the latest update coming on November 2, 2022. Here’s what Blizzard said:
“While we still plan to deliver a significant amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally envisioned.”
Overwatch 2 Platforms
As with its predecessor, Overwatch 2 will be available on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, as well as the dominant PC. These platforms include the recent PS5 and Xbox X|S series. Whether crossplay will be available is still hotly debated, with fans leaning on the gaming giants to implement the popular system. Blizzard is “exploring” this, but there is no confirmation yet.
However, with Microsoft taking over Activision-Blizzard, there’s always a chance that Overwatch 2 will skip Sony platforms, although this seems unlikely.
“Activision Blizzard games are played on a variety of platforms, and we plan to continue supporting these communities going forward,” said Phil Spencer in an Xbox blog post.
Overwatch 2: Trailers
Overwatch 2 sees the reformation of a group of familiar faces to once again battle it out against the Omnics. A terminator-style animation shows a group of robotic enemies besieging an ill-prepared Paris, but they are thwarted by Winston, Mei, Echo, Tracer, Brigitte, Mercy, Genji and Reinhardt.
However, the invasion extends beyond Paris and our merry band of heroes takes on more of the killer androids in Rio de Janeiro. This trailer also gives us a few hints about what the gameplay will look like.
Overwatch 2 gameplay
When it comes to the latest installment in the Overwatch franchise, we’ve seen a slew of images pointing out different things.
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One is the ‘talents’ progression system, where players can upgrade each hero’s skills and power as they adventure through co-op missions. This is an almost Heroes of the Storm-esque approach, and it’s something many players have been waiting for.
Snippets of gameplay shown in the trailer above also give us a hint at how these co-op missions will work, with players appearing to come together in teams to battle it out against waves of Omnics. However, the premise remains the same, and while we’re seeing some teasers of new maps and heroes, it looks like Overwatch’s gameplay at its core will remain largely unchanged.
5v5 teams and tank changes
One of the most polarizing features confirmed in the game is that matches are now 5v5. The change, unveiled on May 20, is a major break from the current 2-2-2 split that has been at the center of the game for years. This means that the gameplay will now have only two damage, two support heroes and only one tank. This means that the tank roll itself evolves from what it was, with tanks like Winston receiving an alternate fire that allows them to charge an explosion that can then be fired at from a distance. Check out our guide here for all the changes coming to tanks.
New game modes
The main new feature for Overwatch 2 is the single-player story-based offering. These PvE modes will fill a void that many fans believe has never really been filled since its debut in the mid-2010s.
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Judging by the trailer, it looks like players will be fighting their way through Omnic-infested cities, coordinating their attacks and adapting to their enemies. The story itself is a new concept for Overwatch fans, but maybe we’ll see the ability to create unique combination attacks.
The sequel adds a new “Push” game mode for the multiplayer side of the hero-based shooter. The symmetric card type pits players against their opponents to take control of a central robot that must be pushed to the opponent’s base.
One of the main selling points of the sequel is the fact that we’ll see some new characters enter the fray. The most recent character to join the squad, Echo, was released in April 2020.
Since then, fans have been craving some additions to the somewhat dwindling tank and support pool. In the gameplay release trailer, a new hero appears in battle. Sojourn, with iconic silver dreadlocks, is one of the central features of the video.
Months after her first appearance, Blizzard finally revealed the hero in full with a dedicated deep dive into Sojourn. From her devastating railgun to a powerful sliding ability, there’s plenty to make her stand out.
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We also got an insight into some iconic new looks for some of our heroes, with Ashe and Roadhog as the latest heroes to get a makeover. You can check out all the new looks revealed so far here.
Promisingly “more complex” maps than the original title, Overwatch 2 has already seen several map concepts leak out to an eager audience.
We’ve seen beautiful recreations of Rio de Janeiro, home of the healing DJ Lucio, as well as a Toronto-based map that lets you indulge in the heart of Canada’s metropolitan culture. Rome, Monte Carlo and New York have also been added.
Rio de Janeiro
Rumor maps also include a map of Krakow, Poland, which was one of our picks for maps we wanted to see in-game.
Latest news and leaks
Overwatch 2 Beta Leaks – March 2022
Just days after the initial early access period, both pros and content creators started leaking new information online. From hero reworks to new in-game visuals, we’ve already seen a lot of what’s on offer.
Overwatch 2 Beta Revealed – March 2022
After weeks of silence, Blizzard finally revealed new details about the Overwatch 2 rollout. Rather than launching the full game right away, the developers are opting to release a beta instead with only some of the new content. Selected fans can get their hands on an Overwatch 2 build at the end of April.
Overwatch 2 postponed again – November 2021
In its latest update on November 2, 2022, Blizzard said, “While we still plan to deliver a significant amount of content from Blizzard next year, we are now planning a later launch for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV than originally envisioned.”
Overwatch 2 Executive Producer Leaving Blizzard – September 2021
In a surprising new development, Overwatch 2’s Chacko Sonny is leaving Blizzard – and the company has yet to reveal a replacement.
Overwatch 2 targeting Summer 2022 – August 2021
Despite previous reports from well-known leaker Metro, it suggested that the game not release in 2022, it sounds like Overwatch 2 is still slated for summer 2022 — at least internally.
Overwatch 2 development reaches “big milestone” – August 2021
Blizzard has revealed that Overwatch 2 development has “passed an important internal milestone in the past few weeks”. While we don’t know the exact details, it proves that good things are happening behind the scenes.
Aaron Keller has plans to copy Fortnite’s live service – April 2021
The newly appointed Keller says Overwatch will adopt a similar style to release updates to the major games with Battle Passes. Keller revealed to Gamespot that “we want the game to feel like it has a steady heartbeat,” and that the team is looking ahead to what’s to come “post-launch” for players.
“I think it’s our value to put as much time and resources as possible into updating the live game so that it always feels new, fresh and substantial.”
The team seems to be looking to expand Overwatch’s current seasonal events and make that something that will happen a lot more often.
Jeff Kaplan Resigns and Upcoming News – April 2021
After the Overwatch director stepped down from Blizzard, his successor, Aaron Keller, wrote a letter to the community giving fans a little hint into the state of Overwatch 2:
“Speaking of Overwatch 2, development continues at a good pace.” Looks like we’ll be hearing more news about the status of the title as well: “We’ll be sharing more updates on Overwatch 2 progress and new features in the live game soon.”
Kaplan also reportedly left a final message to Overwatch in an email to Sombra’s voice actor, Carolina Ravassa.
So there you have it; everything we know about Overwatch 2. Dexerto will strive to keep you updated on everything related to the highly anticipated sequel. Stay tuned by following Dexerto’s Overwatch Facebook page, Overwatch Cavalry.
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