Blizzard Teases More Details for Overwatch 2
Posted by Yuri Mangahas February 26, 2021

While the much-anticipated competitive shooter game Overwatch 2 didn’t get a release date during BlizzCon, OW director Jeff Kaplan and his team held a behind-the-scenes panel to introduce additional details regarding the sequel, including new maps, story details, and revamped designs for some of the game’s heroes.


The team also teased a massive upgrade to OW2’s PVE hero progression as well as a couple of changes to the PVP modes of the first title.


Overwatch Brings the Fight to New York and Rome



Kaplan revealed that the team will be adding two new maps to the much-anticipated sequel. Rome will feature the “romantic, powerful vibe” of old-world architecture, as highlighted by the map’s temple, stadium, and colosseum areas.



New York, on the other hand, will utilize a 1920s art deco aesthetic adorned with sci-fi elements. Other locations in the map include Central Station, Flatiron Building, and other small buildings across Manhattan.


The Omnic Rises Again



The sequel’s campaign story will reunite the original members of Overwatch as they try to stop the second Omnic Uprising, a cataclysmic event that saw robotic entities known as omnics wage war against their human creators. Humanity was ravaged at a global scale during the first uprising, which prompted the United Nations to form Overwatch as a last resort against the omnics.


The game’s India map will serve as one of the campaign’s centerpieces, and every mission will feature cinematic intros and outros, with seamless cuts to and from gameplay. In addition, hero line-ups aren’t completely set for story missions, meaning players can choose from a selection. Every available hero will have voice lines, and different combinations will cause different conversations and branching dialogue during the mission.


It’s Hero Time!



OW2 will introduce a brand-new-mode dubbed as “Hero Missions,” a PVP co-op mode that will task a team of players to take on PVE quests, such as payload and scavenging missions. Players may view the weather conditions in the map prior to each mission to add a new layer of strategy to the gameplay. Weather conditions vary from rain, hail, and even sandstorms.


Other internal names for mission types include “Kill Quest,” “Wall of Death,” and “Scavenger Hunt.”


Enter, Sojourn



OW2 will mark the debut of Sojourn, a railgun-wielding agent of Overwatch with massive burst damage and a specialized aim skill meant for long-time FPS gamers. While her weapon requires accurate usage, each shot can pierce through enemy health at a higher rate than other heroes.


The team will also implement changes to some of the heroes’ passives. For example, Reinhardt will now have two Fire Strike charges along with an updated steering mechanic and charge cancelling.


Progress Like a True Hero



One of the biggest additions to OW2 would be the hero progression mechanic. Inspired by skill trees in role-playing games, players will be given options to incorporate different builds for their hero pools. For example, Soldier 76 has three skill trees: commander (support), rifleman (tank), and vigilante (scout/DPS).


Each tree will have seven tiers, with each component unlocked through skill points. The abilities the hero will access will entirely depend on how the player manages the skill tree.


New Game, New Designs



The team showed more of the changes they’ve made to established heroes, including improved fabric tech, and a more advanced face rig to allow characters to be more expressive (particularly in cinematics).


Reaper appears in a metallic costume, while Widowmaker’s design gains a new cyberpunk aesthetic. Pharah now wears more of the original Overwatch’s blue and white colours, and has a translucent visor to allow for more emotions to show. Lastly, McCree now sports a full beard, is visibly older, and features a more armoured look.


Excited for Overwatch 2? Let us know what you are looking forward to for the game in the comments!

Now Reading: Blizzard Teases More Details for Overwatch 2
You might like these...
NBA 2K20 officially launched!
NBA 2K20 is here!
Once Again, The Best Thing In the New Warframe Update Is A Song
And it’s a Sea Shanty nonetheless!
More from GG Network
We’re Finally Getting the Mortal Kombat Movie We Deserve
Now *this* is how you cast a film adaptation of a fighting game.
Catch the full Tamashii Nations Experience with GreattoysOnline.com’s Tamashii Figure Fes 2021
Have a fantastic figure festival!
5 Romance Anime You Can Stream on Netflix This Valentine’s Season
Celebrate the season of love with these highly bingeable shows.
Dr. Juggernaut is Real and is Coming to Hurt You
And that’s not even the worst of your troubles
Why ‘Fans’ Attacked The Attack On Titan’s Final Season (Spoiler Alert: They Didn’t Need To)
Some fans seem to have a high wall that the new studio couldn’t breach.
Geeks and Gamers Guide Returns this Thursday!
GGG has rejoined the lobby!
LOL Wild Rift, MLBB, PUBGM Among 8 Titles Chosen For 31th SEA Games Esports
It’s Sea Games time once again!
Resident Evil Showcase Reveals More Gameplay from RE Village, Upcoming Collaborations, and More
Chris Redfield being hinted as being a werewolf is just one of this showcase’s many surprises.
Once Again, The Best Thing In the New Warframe Update Is A Song
And it’s a Sea Shanty nonetheless!
MLBB Brings Boxing Icon Manny Pacquiao as an In-Game Skin
Manny Pacquiao joins Mobile Legends: Bang Bang as a legendary in-game skin!
I’m Here To Talk To You About Our Lord And Savior Rainbow Six: Siege
In Siege We Trust