Overwatch 2 release date news: Jeff Kaplan confirms how character upgrades work

Overwatch 2 – The Latest News

When Blizzard announced Overwatch earlier this year, it was revealed that multiplayer would work in sync with Overwatch 1.

So in a way, no Overwatch player is left behind.

But obviously, there has to be some compromise somewhere, and equally, an incentive on Activision's part to get players to buy into the new Overwatch 2 game and exosystem.

In an interview with Game Informer, Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan has underlined one of those differences which are merely cosmetic.

As players probably know, characters in Overwatch 2 will have a slight redesign with improved character models.

Speaking in one of Game Informer's Rapid Fire Interviews, Kaplan was asked if matches could hypothetically contain the OG look of a character (Lucio, for the purpose of this conversation) alongside or against Overwatch 2's new and improved version of the character.

“Correct,” was Kaplan’s response.

So there you have it. Just another reason to upgrade to Overwatch 2 when it inevitably launches.

Stay tuned for more Diablo 4 news and keep reading for everything you need to know.

What is Overwatch 2?

Overwatch 2 was announced at BlizzCon 2019 and it’s a weird one because it’s a sequel to a game that is very much still supported by the people making it. In fact, there are a lot of strange things about the game and if you’re not following everything with a magnifying glass then there’s a chance you’ll have missed something on it. Well, that’s where we come in, as ever, we are here to deliver unto you the information you crave, nay, the information you deserve.

It was announced amid a few other things, including one of the worst apologies of all time regarding the atrocious decisions regarding Blitzchung. It’s probably a good job that this isn’t “Everything we know about Blizzard’s weak apologies” or it would be a much shorter article, and probably a much angrier one.

Players are likely to have their own wishlists when it comes to what they want from an Overwatch sequel, assuming they do in fact want a sequel. Blizzard is taking steps not to separate their player base though, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

There were a fair few details given on the next instalment of the world’s most popular hero-shooter. It’s a good job too, as we’ve had very little on it since the event, although that does make some sense given what was said about the release date.

Overwatch 2 Gameplay Screenshots

Overwatch 2 Release date

There is good and bad news here. The good news is that it will be coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. Though, and bear with me, that’s probably not accurate because of this next point. Jeff Kaplan, vice president of Blizzard Entertainment said this when asked about when it was coming "I have no idea!". So, that means it probably won’t be coming to the current generation of consoles but the next one, which also means a potential Switch version could hypothetically be impacted, especially given the issues the original Overwatch has on Nintendo’s hybrid console.

Overwatch 2 Characters

All of the 31 Overwatch heroes will be making their return to the sequel. Along with those will no doubt be some new heroes who’ve yet to be officially announced. One character who has been officially announced is Sojourn, the first black woman to be added to the roster. Unfortunately, she won’t be added until the second game because of, uh,story reasons.

Overwatch 2 Modes

The main appeal of this sequel is the promise of a series of PvE missions where four people can storm through the hordes of enemies that await you. There will also be Hero Missions which are apparently going to be like the Adventure Mode in Diablo 3. These will have some RPG elements too with your character levelling up and gaining new abilities as they do so.

There will also be a new PvP mode called Push. Push has two teams fighting for control of a robot that pushes a marker around the map. According toEurogamer, it makes for a more fast-paced mode thanks to more manoeuvrable heroes being more useful. It makes sense if you’re chasing around a robot, to be fair. One key thing though, this mode will actually be coming to the original Overwatch too.

Do you need Overwatch 2?

Right, this is perhaps the strangest thing about the announcements. With Push coming to the original Overwatch as well as any new heroes and maps, is it actually worth picking up? Well, it depends on what you want. What you’d be buying in Overwatch 2 seems to be the PvE modes, meaning that if you prefer to stick to the PvP stuff then you might be able to just skip the game entirely. It’s a very strange business decision, especially given how far away the game seems to be. It could well be that owning Overwatch is enough for you if you’re happy as is. So, that’s nice?

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