BlizzCon 2019: Overwatch 2 announced, adds new PvE

Blizzard Entertainment have announced Overwatch 2 during their annual BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California. The sequel to the team-based shooter that rocketed to global popularity in 2016, Overwatch 2 promises more heroes, more maps, more modes and a fully-flegded PvE mode.

The newest PvP game mode is called Push. It features a large robot that shoves a barricade marker toward the enemy base. The closer he gets, the more points you accrue. If the enemy team clears you out, they can turn the robot around and start pushing him back the other way.

The first map for Push is set in Toronto, marking Canada’s first appearance in the game. A highlight reel during the Overwatch 2 panel also featured Gothenburg, Monte Carlo and Rio De Janiero.

Story missions and PvE are very similar to the PvE modes from the Uprising events in the original game. Each mission fills in more of the Overwatch lore. Character pools are limited to the heroes that appear in that specific story, and you can choose a suite of skills from a pool of options as you level up on-mission. This is similar to the way your character levels up in a MOBA, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given Overwatch‘s proximity to the MOBA genre.

Finally, while game director Jeff Kaplan introduced the new hero Sojourn during the presentation, they didn’t have much more to say about her for now.

Overwatch 2 is coming to Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It currently has no release date.

David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.