One of the most exciting announcements we got during a bombastic Blizzcon 2019 was the reveal of Overwatch 2. Blizzard proudly released a trailer to the second installment in the highly popular multiplayer shooter.
The Overwatch 2 Cinematic Trailer Is a Thrill
The cinematic trailer shows Winston, Mei, and Tracer responding to a Null Sector attack on Paris. At first, it seems they are on their own – outnumbered and outgunned. But as hope begins to fade, the rest of the team shows up, and Overwatch is united once more.
But let’s ignore this extremely thrilling trailer for a second, and talk about what Blizzard revealed so far. Overwatch 2 will include new and exciting game modes. They will vary between PvP and PvE with different missions and lots of new enemies. Players will have to stand together and cooperate in the face of many challenges around the world.
Co-op Story Missions and Hero Missions
The game’s main campaign is made up of co-op story missions. Overwatch’s heroes team together to fight against the Null Sector – the same robotic army we see in the cinematic trailer. Players should already be familiar with Null Sector since they fought them in the Uprising event in the first game.
In the story missions, players will “team up as different sets of heroes and fight to defend the world from the omnic forces of Null Sector, uncover the motives behind the robotic armies’ attacks, and come face-to-face with rising new threats around the globe.”
There are also the new Hero Missions that are designed for replayability. Players will level up their heroes during those missions, and unlock new modifiers and abilities. In the gameplay trailer, we can see a level 10 Tracer using a Chain Reaction ability that adds secondary explosions to her Pulse Bomb. Competitive players shouldn’t worry, though – these upgrades won’t carry over to the PvP modes.
Pushing for More PvP
For now, we only know of one new PvP mode – Push. Two teams fight for control over a robot that pushes the objective from one side of the map to the other. The team that pushes deeper into enemy territory wins. It’s like a very complicated tug-of-war, but with an emphasis on “war.”
Assistant game director Aaron Keller described the mode as “really flanky.” Blizzard is making sure there are multiple ways to reach key points along the robot’s path, so we foresee a lot of ambushes and craziness going on.
We will also get new maps based on famous cities around the globe. Blizzard already confirmed Toronto, Monte Carlo, Rio de Janeiro, and Gothenburg, but more maps are expected to be announced. Blizzard wants to take Overwatch to new areas so they can expand on the franchise’s lore and backstory.
Fans will be glad to know that Push maps are coming to Overwatch 1. In fact, it seems that all the new PvP content will be added to the original game, but also the other way around.
All the skins, emotes, sprays, and other items you bought and unlocked in Overwatch will carry over to Overwatch 2. What’s more, Blizzard will recreate all of them in greater detail so they’ll look even better.
Here’s Some Overwatch 2 Gameplay
Alongside the cinematic reveal trailer, Blizzard released a short Overwatch 2 gameplay trailer that shows plenty of the sequel’s new content.
If this small glimpse into Overwatch 2’s gameplay isn’t enough for you (and let’s face it, it isn’t), we have another video for you. This one is around 2 hours of non-stop gameplay, courtesy of Youtuber ohnickel. They were among the very few content creators who were allowed to stream the Overwatch 2 demo from the BlizzCon floor.
The video shows the new Push mode and a campaign story mission.
More Heroes Are Joining the Fight
We can also look forward to some new heroes. We have a new Canadian team member called Sojourn, which is rumored to be a damage-focused hero with high mobility. Echo, the flying robot, is another new addition to the cast. We first saw Echo at the end of McCree’s “Reunion” cinematic, but they also appear in the Overwatch 2 trailer.
Right now, Sojourn and Echo are the only new heroes we know of. Blizzard refused to say how many other ones we can expect when Overwatch 2 launches, but we guess there will more than two.
Don’t worry, though, all the old ones are staying. Winston, Tracer, Mei, and others will be back for the follow-up game. Some of them will get a new, updated look. Lúcio’s new glowing hair is definitely a bold statement.
Overwatch 2 Release Date
So, now that we’re truly and utterly excited for Overwatch 2, when is it coming out? Unfortunately, not any time soon.
At BlizzCon 2019, game director Jeff Kaplan said he has “no idea” when that game will release. “Like, just let us make it great, that’s what we care about more than anything. We don’t have a date in mind,” he added. This sort of statement is fairly common with Blizzard. They tend to go with the “it will ready when it’s ready” approach.
It will be a little while before we hear more official news on Overwatch 2. However, we do know the game will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.Some of our posts include links to online retail stores. We get a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything extra.