BlizzCon 2019: Overwatch 2 panel liveblog

    
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We’re liveblogging from BlizzCon once again! Starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT, we’re getting the second of a total of six “coming soon” panels for this show, this one on Overwatch 2. Watch the stream on Blizzard’s splash site, and join Eliot down in the comments for live commentary on everything we’re seeing, or just check back for a full run-down at the end of this post.

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Panel notes

The Push map kicks off in Toronto. Yay Canada! Tyler’s gonna be happy. Most maps don’t ultimately wind up with people reaching the end of the Push map, do note. Maps are meant to give you unique, exotic location. The fantasy of that place in the world.

Every current core mode gets multiple new maps. None of the maps are done! Overwatch 2 “still has a ways to go.”

The devs want to lean in to the cinematic storytelling everyone loves. “We make lifestyle games, things you can play as your main game or your only game.”

Builds are gonna be a big deal, as are the new skills.

Jeff Kaplan clarifies that it’s NOT using a new engine, just a heavily upgraded version of the existing engine. The visuals and HUD are both gonna look much better (and yes, everything’s still be working on).

Of course, the team is dropping tons of new heroes too, including Sojourn. She’s Canadian!

Kaplan says they don’t even have a day in mind for when this is coming. He also says he understands why it sounds confusing, but he says it’s pretty simple. They’re likely going dark after BlizzCon, so this is still quite a ways off. He does promise he’s not “leaving the live service behind.” And that’s a wrap folks!

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Utakata

“The Push map kicks off in Toronto.”

Where the Hell is that? I mean, the closest those pics comes to is Berczy Park around Front St. E. sans-dog fountain. o.O

…and no, snow doesn’t usually stick around like that in our city! >.<

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hurbster

So, this is DLC rather than an expansion ? Sure sounds like it.

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Bruno Brito

I’m trying to understand, honestly. Is this an xpac on OW? Will you have to download OW2? Will you need to BUY OW2? Is Blizzard dropping OW support?

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Bruno Brito

The talent system is basically HotS on a FPS. Ok. Reminds me of the Paladins card/talent system.

The PvE part is basically Mann vs Machine from TF2, from top to bottom.

What, did anyone expect Blizzard, of all companies, to create something original? HAHAHAHAHAHA Yeah sure.

Alyn
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Alyn

Ish– maybe I should change my post on the other Overwatch post? You really think it;s gunna be that bad Bruno?

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Bruno Brito

No. I think it’s going to be exactly what OW set out to be: TF3.

My problem is that all this crap could have been done before if they actively developed Overwatch, instead of abandoning it after little less than 2 years. Hell, i don’t even recall when OW was launched, but it’s a new game. Why are we getting a 2 now?

Also, this is what Blizzard does. They never create anything new. They polish already existent stuff with their “Blizzard Polish”.

Which is making me cringe right now because War3 Reforged doesn’t look that good.