Blizzard has confirmed that Overwatch 2 is coming and will have a new story mode at launch.
During BlizzCon 2019’s opening ceremony, the publisher revealed the sequel for the first time. The announcement also detailed the new narrative elements that will be central to Overwatch 2 when it releases.
The story will take place mostly in special PvE missions. These can be tackled either as a single-player experience or in co-op with other players online. Each mission will feature familiar and new heroes fighting against the robotic forces of the Null Sector.
Overwatch 2 will also feature an upgraded gameplay engine. Not only will this improve the visuals, but it will also allow the developers to create the much larger maps needed for the PvE battles.
“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,” Blizzard Entertainment’s president J. Allen Brack announced.
“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.”
Check out the game’s first gameplay trailer below.
Rumors suggesting that Overwatch 2 could have a strong focus on a proper story have been around for some time. Leaks from a BlizzCon training document last week seemed to confirm this would be the case before the official announcement.
Blizzard did not reveal a release date for the game, instead promising that more details would be coming soon. The title will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One when it does eventually launch.