Friday, November 1, 2019

Overwatch 2 Announced

Blizzard officially announces popular hero shooter sequel Overwatch 2 and new modes at BlizzCon 2019.

Following an exclusive report from ESPN and a leak within in-game store, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has finally revealed Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019 event for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

One of Blizzard's major franchises, team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch was launched on all major platforms back in 2016. It became a popular eSports title over time and now is ready to delve into its next chapter.

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Overwatch 2 Announced

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In a traditional manner, a new cinematic short "Zero Hour" is released by Blizzard to kick-off the announcement.




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The cinematic begins by focusing on Winston, who is reminiscing their old days while heading over to Paris with Mei and Tracer. They are off to fight a terrorist organization known as Null Sector and all they have is a small crew.

Taking charge of their operation, Winston jumps right in fighting and helping local populace. As he was getting overpowered by their forces, Mei came to his assist and Tracer joins them too but not before a giant omnic came out blasting.

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With their ride destroyed and Mei getting injured in an attack, Winston realizes that they can't possibly win. So, he instructs Tracer to get everyone out of harm's way and decides to stay behind, holding the line for as long as possible.

Running for cover, his friends look back to see him trying to make a last stand but is saved by Genji at last minute. Brigitte and Reinhardt came charging in, followed by arrival of heroic omnic Echo and guardian angel Mercy.

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Null Sector Invasion

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Brigitte and Reinhardt work together to display ability to create an interlock shield to deflect a beam from their giant enemy. Winston cooks up something up with cryo-freeze backpack and pulse bomb from his teammates to take it down.

By working together as a team, they managed to put that inside giant omnic unit and shattered it into icy bits. Effectively shutting down a Null Sector invasion, Overwatch team has reformed once again after so long and is back in action.

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An official gameplay video has followed up to showcase upcoming content and features of Overwatch 2.




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Vice President of Blizzard and game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed bringing new story-based missions to deliver co-op experiences that are highly replayable and heroes would make progress through a unique leveling system.

Those early rumors had mentions of new PvE story mode, new map, PvE content, introduction of a new hero and all of them came true. However, there will be at least two new hero characters; previously shown Echo and newcomer Sojourn.

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Replayable Hero Missions

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In a latest inclusion of hero characters, Sojourn from "Recall" animated short and origin video for Ana will be introduced. A former Overwatch captain, she was instrumental in Storm Rising mission and is about to re-join her old gang.

A brand-new map will be based on Canadian city Toronto and PvE story missions will help expand character stories. All current players will be allowed to play in a shared multiplayer environment with all new heroes and maps.

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Aside from story mode, a new competitive PvP mode, "Push" is coming soon to play over all existing maps. Player progression like game highlights, holiday skins, sprays and victory poses from Overwatch will be saved and can be accessible.

All of your favorite heroes are getting some sort of design changes and reinvented with visual updates. Blizzard will roll out regular content updates and seasonal events for original OW but they have no release window in mind for its sequel yet.

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Overwatch 2 Push Gameplay

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It was rumored long ago that Blizzard has been working hard on Diablo IV and Overwatch 2. Though everyone expected the former to come out, the latter was somewhat a surprise since it just launched a Nintendo Switch port recently.

Other than Diablo 4 reveal, one of the biggest announcements out of BlizzCon this year was sequel of Overwatch and Kaplan believes it will redefine everything a follow-up installment should stand for with steady stream of new contents.