BlizzCon 2019: Overwatch 2 angles toward PvE with co-op missions and hero leveling

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It’s the next evolution of Overwatch, and it’s going to rock your trigger-happy world. At BlizzCon, the rumored Overwatch 2 was confirmed as a huge expansion upon the current game, adding PvE elements (such as replayable co-op story missions), hero leveling, customizable abilities, and more.

In Overwatch 2, players will take on the roles of the world’s heroes in cooperative missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an overwhelming 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 internationally recognizable maps that widen the scope of the world, a new Push map type, and more.

“With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to telling the next chapter of this epic story in-game, and we’re excited to give players a whole-new kind of co-op experience built around progressing and customizing their favorite heroes—all while providing even more of everything they love about Overwatch today.”

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 around the globe.

The battle continues in Hero Missions, where the Overwatch team will be called upon to go beyond their limits as they 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 overwhelming odds.

To help realize these missions, the sequel also introduces significant engine upgrades that support larger maps for co-op (PvE) play, as well as the wide variety of new enemies and factions that players will encounter on their missions. The game also introduces visual enhancements designed to bring players’ favorite heroes—and their new looks for Overwatch 2—to life in greater detail.

Overwatch 2 also represents the beginning of a new era for the series’ world-renowned competitive 6v6 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 two teams compete to make a robot (that happens to be pretty good at pushing things) push the map’s objective to their opponent’s side.

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Say what you will about the announcement or the game itself, but that cinematic trailer was hyyyype!


This is basically what the game needed, was a giant expansion that changes things up and evolves it into being more than just a PvP team shooter esport. That venue just wasn’t going to get them the growth they likely hoped they’d get. Will be interesting to hear more details – I’m curious as to when this is actually releasing though.

Also looks like Kotaku won’t be able to complain now about the lack of a black female character so they’ll have to dig something else up to write articles about. /snark


I watched that whole gameplay trailer and still can’t tell whether the PvE mode will be playable in 3rd person.


I can almost guarantee that it won’t be. Overwatch is first and foremost a FPS.

John Artemus
John Artemus

I would actually play a PvE version of this game. I dabbled in the current game but PvP isn’t really my thing.

What’s the lore behind Overwatch?


This actually looks pretty fun! Im always happy to see pve content.

The Weeb formerly known as Sray
The Weeb formerly known as Sray

PVE for Overwatch: yay, now there’s Overwatch content that I’m interested in. Other than rule 34 content of course.

Kickstarter Donor
Richard de Leon III

“Other than rule 34 content of course.”

…*slowly backs away towards the exit”

Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor

Yay, for the cosmetics coming forward (I have like 85% of the damn things). Now, I just need to know if my gold portrait will come along. If so, I’m a Day One Purchase.

I also hope SR comes along, too, because otherwise, ugh, we’ll either be playing way above or below our weight class for a while and that’s not fun for anyone.

Danny Smith

I saw “the story so far” and had an actual out loud belly laugh at that bunkum. But at least they are bringing the cosmetics forward, wouldn’t want their lootbox farm to lose customers.

IronSalamander8 .

I did like the game at first, but the lore is such a mess. I mean this video sums it better than I could: