Whereas the current information that Overwatch 2 is not anticipated to launch this yr hit only a bit in the past, BlizzConline gave gamers a peek behind the scenes to growth and extra. In an extended presentation that you would be able to take a look at on-line, key figures behind the sport stroll gamers by a smattering of updates, together with two new maps which might be featured within the sequel. Prepared to move to Rome and New York? The Overwatch imaginative and prescient of New York is especially compelling, so I like to recommend trying out the total presentation at blizzcon.com
The co-op, participant vs atmosphere fare has gotten touched up fairly a bit since we final noticed it at Blizzcon 2019. Keep in mind that? It was fairly enjoyable, however they’re actually going by and taking a cross on the co-op play, highlighting variance in enemies, aims, and expertise bushes. Not solely do the maps draw from totally different faction swimming pools to be sure you are battling in opposition to totally different and attention-grabbing threats every time, however you’ll be able to deal with them with an superior arsenal as nicely.
Because the announcement final yr, gamers have not stopped asking me what makes Overwatch 2 totally different than 1. There are a selection of great modifications coming to the sport, one in all these is hero archetype philosophy. Tanks, as an illustration, are being checked out in order that they’ll really go into battles and brawl as a substitute of being incentivized to remain again and protect.
“Overwatch gamers will inform you, nicely, what’s the appropriate time for Reinhardt to make use of cost? And the reply is… don’t. And we have all had that feeling after we’re taking part in Overwatch and we watch our Reinhardt charging and we’re like, no, do not try this,” says sport director Jeff Kaplan. “And quite a lot of what is going on on with the kind of modifications , making an attempt extra of this brawler position is nicely, what is that this fantasy that gamers have? How do you make it proper for gamers to swing the hammer as a substitute of simply maintain the protect up? How can we create area for that to be the enjoyable factor to do?”
The Overwatch solid is getting some new seems for the second outing as nicely! It is anticipated that loads of new cosmetics are going to be out there for the sequel.
Enemies have gotten some new abilities and skills that may preserve even probably the most cohesive staff on their toes, with mechanics that permit them isolate and take down teammates that are not paying consideration. Even if you happen to’re taking part in on a map , the enemy units, spawns, and particular map aims can all change, so that ought to add a great deal of replayability exterior of the “marketing campaign” fashion story missions. Junkrat can dual-wield grenade launchers, as an illustration. Or you may make a Reaper sniper!
Stick to us into subsequent week, when we’ll be posting a full interview with Jeff Kaplan!