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Overwatch 2: Everything We Know About The Hero Shooter

3:04 Overwatch 2 trailer gives a first glimpse of new features

When Overwatch 2 was announced at Blizzcon 2019, the joy was great. The popular hero shooter goes into the second round. Since its announcement, however, it has become rather quiet about sequel.

Last update: May 21, 2021
New added: PvP with 5 players per team

We have summarized all known information about Overwatch 2 for you, make forecasts and answer the most frequently asked questions. But if you want to get a purely visual picture of Overwatch 2 first, take a look at our huge screenshot gallery:

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But first of all, here are all the important facts about Overwatch 2:

  • Overwatch 2 is a standalone game and not an addon or DLC from the first part.
  • The biggest feature should be the story mode for solo players.
  • In story mode you play 4 heroes, which one decides the story.
  • There are also hero missions in which you can level your heroes.
  • There will be dialog trees where you can choose between different answer options.
  • The story content can be played alone or in co-op.
  • You already know the heroes from Overwatch, but new heroes are being added.
  • There will be talent trees where you can choose between 3 talent trees.
  • There are also items that you can use in solo mode.
  • Overwatch and Overwatch 2 share a PvP mode
  • Overwatch 2 comes with a new push mode in which you have to push a robot into the enemy base. The new PvP mode can then also be played by players from the first part of Overwatch.

By the way, in 2019 we spoke to Principal Designer Scott Mercer and Lead Concept Artist Arnold Tsang. What the two of them had to say at the time was very much you in the GameStarTV interview on Plus:

PLUS 11:33 Overwatch 2 is set to be a new breed of sequel - Blizzard doesn't want to let players down

New maps for Overwatch 2

Overall, we know of seven new mapsthat await us in the sequel: Gothenburg (Sweden), Toronto (Canada), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), New York (USA), Rome (Italy) and a previously unknown city in India.

What some of the maps look like, Blizzard showed on the official Overwatch Twitter account:

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In addition, there should be new weather effects such as snow and sand storms and new areas on familiar maps within the hero missions.

New heroine: Sojourn

The new heroine has a railgun with her that fires powerful shots, but according to the developers it needs some target water. Except for their appearance and a few brief moments in the trailer, nothing is known about Sojourn.

This is what Sojourn (center) looks like.

New enemy types

Since you will not only fight against other players in Overwatch 2, but also against AI opponents in the various hero and story modes, these should be a bit more varied than you know from the PvE modes in the first Overwatch.

Some types of adversaries like the Crusher or the Puller were featured at Blizzcon 2021. You can take a closer look at them in the following two tweets:

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Experiment: Role-Passive

As the Overwatch team announced at Blizzcon 2021, they are currently experimenting with passive effects for the individual roles. In concrete terms, that means that every role is given a suitable passive ability. Tanks can't be knocked back that far, healers heal themselves over time, and damage heroes can move faster.

So far, this change is still in a test phase. It is not yet clear whether the passive role effects will make it into the final game.

All in all, however, many points of criticism were addressed that colleague Maurice had criticized in his Overwatch 2 video from 2019. You can watch it again here:

10:07 Played Overwatch 2 - It's not good enough!

PvP with 5 players per team

Overwatch 2 is downsizing its multiplayer teams. Instead of having 6 players in each team (2 tanks, 2 damage classes and 2 supporters), you only play with five players and leave out one tank. How well this works and whether a Roadhog can refuel as well as a Reinhard will have to be shown later. How the developers want to solve this, they explain in the latest developer stream:

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The most important and frequently asked questions about Overwatch 2

When will Overwatch 2 be released?

There is no specific release date for Overwatch 2 yet. But one thing is certain: the hero shooter sequel will no longer appear in 2021, according to a Blizzard conference in February 2021. Overwatch 2 will be released in 2022 at the earliest, but it could also take longer.

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For which platforms will Overwatch 2 appear?

A release of Overwatch 2 for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is currently announced. Given the very late release date, the chances of a PS5 or Xbox Series X / S release are good. But nothing has been confirmed yet.

Can I pre-order Overwatch 2?

Is current no pre-order possibleSo you can't buy the game yet.

What is the Overwatch 2 story about?

In contrast to the first part, the individual story missions in Overwatch 2 do not take place in the past, but tell the story after the Overwatch have come together again and rebuild their organization. You can already guess what to expect in the first trailer:

8:04 am Overwatch 2 Trailer - The Zero Hour gives a first glimpse into the story of the sequel

Overwatch 2 takes place right after the events from the trailer and deals with the simmering second Omnic Crisis.

Is Overwatch 2 going to be free?

So far there is still no information on the price from Overwatch 2, but it will probably not be free, as its predecessor would have to be bought for 40 euros. It is conceivable that Overwatch 2 will also cost around 40 euros.

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