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BlizzCon 2019: Overwatch 2 Announced

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BlizzCon 2019 has stated for the weekend, and its keynote presentation ended with the announcement of Overwatch 2. All of those leaks earlier this week are essentially real.

Overwatch 2 will include permanent co-op PvE modes, something the original team shooter toy with via the many limited-time events. These come in two modes. Story missions are integral to the lore- which follows the titular Overwatch team banding back together- and involves a four-player team.

Then there are Hero Missions, highly replayable co-op missions described akin to Diablo’s Adventure Mode. In this mode, you can level up your heroes, which leads to customisable abilities. Examples include improving the giant hammer wielder Reinhardt’s Fire Strike so it ignites more enemies.

Overwatch 2 also brings a new UI and improved visuals. All the heroes revealed in the cinematic and gameplay trailer got a new redesign.

While the new features are the co-op PvE, the core experience is still the 6v6 PvP. Overwatch 2 will have all the heroes and maps from the original, plus a new core match type: Push.

The craziest part? To not split the Overwatch player pool with Overwatch 2, the current Overwatch game will still be getting all the new Overwatch 2 heroes and maps, and will play with Overwatch 2 players. Overwatch 2 players also get to carry over all the cosmetics they have unlocked.

The long-hinted Echo have appeared in the cinematic as a possible hero. But the first confirmed playable hero is Sojourn, alongside a new multiplayer map set in Toronto.

Overwatch 2 will be coming to PS4, PC (Battle.net), Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, but no release date has been set yet.

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