More than 50 million players worldwide have teamed up to capture objectives, push payloads, and fight for the future in Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed team-based shooter. Today, before a sold-out crowd of BlizzCon 2019 attendees and millions watching online, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Overwatch 2, a supercharged sequel that will send players deeper into the world and story of Overwatch and build upon the original game’s foundation of world-class PVP competition. Watch the stage announcement below!
In Overwatch 2, players will take on the roles of the world’s heroes in co-op missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an outbreak of threats around the globe. Players will also battle each other in the next evolution of competitive Overwatch play, which carries forward existing players’ accomplishments and loot collections and features the current complete Overwatch roster, a new generation of heroes, new maps that widen the scope of the world, a new Push map type, and more.
In the sequel’s action-packed cooperative Story Missions, players will experience the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch join forces with a new generation of heroes. Players will take an active role in the Overwatch saga as a new global crisis unfolds through a series of intense, high-stakes four-player missions. As the story progresses, 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.
The battle continues in Hero Missions, where the Overwatch team will be called upon to deploy across the planet, defending cities against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world. In this highly replayable mode, players can level up their favorite heroes and earn powerful customization options that supercharge their abilities in co-op play—such as altering Reinhardt’s Fire Strike to ignite nearby enemies or modifying Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to cause a devastating chain reaction, granting the extra edge they need against the incredibly overwhelming odds.
To help realize these missions, the sequel also introduces major engine upgrades that support larger maps for co-op PVE, as well as the wide variety of new enemies and factions that players will encounter on the missions. The game also introduces visual improvements to bring players’ heroes and their new looks for Overwatch 2 to life in even greater detail.
Overwatch 2 also represents the beginning of a new era for the world-renowned 6 vs 6 competitive play. In addition to carrying forward all of the original game’s heroes, maps, and modes, as well as existing Overwatch players’ accomplishments and loot collections, the sequel adds multiple new playable heroes to the ever-growing roster; widens the scope of the world with even more maps and locations; and adds a new Push map type, in which 2 teams compete to make a robot push the map’s objective to their opponent’s side.
Overwatch 2 also renews Blizzard’s commitment to continue supporting the existing Overwatch community. Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PVP. In addition, current Overwatch players will be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps, ensuring the core PVP experience remains dynamic and vital for today’s community in the Overwatch 2 era. More details on Blizzard’s plans, including some of the new heroes joining the fray, will be announced in the future as development continues.