Overwatch 2 plans to discuss PvP gameplay in a livestream on May 20 and host an AMA on May 24

    
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If you’ve been worried by the abject silence coming out of Overwatch 2, then your worries may be eased starting later next week. The shooter’s new game director Aaron Keller has hosted a brief development update video announcing a PvP-focused livestream on Thursday, May 20th, and an AMA shortly after on Monday, May 24th.

During the livestream, Keller will be joined by members of the Overwatch League and several developers to discuss the philosophy of PvP changes coming in Overwatch 2 as well as play some of the new maps that will be on offer. Naturally, the maps in question will still be in-development and subject to change, but this will be one of the meatier previews fans will have gotten since this past February’s BlizzConline event.

Meanwhile, the AMA on the game’s subreddit will discuss the past five years of the game’s development as well as any other questions players may have; details about that event are due to arrive as we get closer to the appointed date.

source: Youtube, thanks to Schlag for the tip!
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Witches

Isn’t the whole game pvp? Or is this one going to have pve too? If the current one has pve i missed it.

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IronSalamander8 .

It has some but usually just short term events like the Halloween one.

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Louie

It’ll be pretty interesting to see if they can pull off anything with OW2 that will be truly worth the effort and not just feel like an alternate version of the first.

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angrakhan

Love the cinematics, but I’ve yet to see that the PvE will be anything other than the typical on-rails basic shooter experience we’ve seen for decades. I’d be interested if we’re an open world looter shooter but I’m guessing that’s not the plan.

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Rndomuser

Unless they will be discussing anything like adding custom player-hosted servers or extra game mode where player limit can be raised to 32 – I am not interested. I used to play TF2 for many years since it was released and I still prefer to play it over OW simply because it allows large amount of players on server, which creates the most relaxing PvP I’ve ever played in any game. There is no one telling you “you must switch to class X”, no one is calling you any names just because you are, for example, chilling with some other player in your base on 2fort map and emoting each other instead of trying to capture objective and your teammates can do all the capturing without you because there is less impact of individual player on a game with that many players. That is a perfect mode for casual players or people who are tired or not feeling well but still want to relax playing few rounds in their favorite FPS PvP game, especially on custom servers where the single game round can last for hours if no one is actually bothering capturing the objective or escorting the payload.

And yes, it is perfectly fine if someone else is still enjoying the small team competitive nature of Overwatch, I am just expressing my own opinion and I know I am not the only one after I have seen many similar requests from other people.

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IronSalamander8 .

I also like that in TF2, the servers are hosted by groups of people so when you get people spamming racist comments or other garbage behavior, it’s generally easy to get them booted. There was this 24 hour 2 fort server I used to play on a lot and matches could indeed take hours some times!

I prefer the PvZ shooters over the rest, and it has teams of 8v8 or 12v12 so like TF2 you don’t get stuff like ‘Widow you suck, switch”, which is similar to to TF2, but they lack the community hosted servers I really like in TF2.

Not the main reason I uninstalled OW, but still a reason I did so.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, outside of OWL (is that even still going on? Or is that just a source of drama) it really feels like OW has grinded to a total halt for the past year+ or something.

Good luck to Keller, he definitely seemed a bit awkward in the video and I imagine he’s under an enormous amount of stress internally/externally/personally to “fill” Kaplan’s shoes. I feel bad for devs put in this position that don’t want to be the public face of a game, some people are naturals at this and others don’t want the spotlight but will have passionate discussions on the forums or in smaller group settings.

All that said, I couldn’t care less about the PvP stuff coming. I’m not into PvP much anymore, especially in character-based games like this (I like my competitive FPS very vanilla). I just wanna know more about the PvE additions, that’s all I’m interested in. I’m hoping it’s a massive quality improvement over the current three PvE mission thingies, replayed them when they brought them back last month and remembered how boring I find them. At least outside of the halloween one, that one at least feels pretty fun, IMO.

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IronSalamander8 .

That’s part of why my main group moved away from OW. I like some team based PvP and love having a ton of characters to choose from, which is why Garden Warfare 2 is my favorite as there’s over 100 variants to choose from, but I also like PvE to chill with and OW’s has always been boring, although I agree on the Halloween event being better. And yeah, OW seems like it’s virtually disappeared these days.

I like being able to jump into PvP when in the mood or just take it slower with some co-op garden or graveyard ops with friends or strangers against a horde of bots or some PvE quests when not in the mood to deal with PvP at the time but still want to play.