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Overwatch 2 gameplay demo shows off PvP and PvE with new abilities

Published: 13:55, 03 November 2019
Monte Carlo map from Blizzard's Overwatch 2
Overwatch 2, Monte Carlo

This year's BlizzCon promises to be a much jollier affair than its predecessor and, not least because of the Overwatch 2 announcement, and Blizzard's gameplay demo has given a first look on what to expect in PvP, PvE and other departments.

Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan, a.k.a. Jeff from the Overwatch team, took the stage at BlizzCon 2019 and went over the changes coming with the sequel. He once again reminded that the sequel changes nothing for Overwatch's PvP players, other than adding new playable maps and heroes. 

The first of the new playable heroes is Sojourn, presumably a Canadian citizen, who seems to be packing serious heat. In other words, it's likely that another DPS hero is coming to Overwatch....Overwatches...whatever.  

Kaplan kept saying that neither Sojourn nor the other yet-to-be-announced Overwatch 2 hero are the main stars for now, so expect more information down the line. You can already guess that the other one is Echo, whose drawings can be traced way back to Overwatch's concept art, but the company technically held back on the announcement. 

Blizzard showed off the new map type Push, revealing the symmetrical design and the marker-pushing robot that serves as Overwatch 2's ball of sorts. Whoever gets the robot to the enemy's spawn is the winner, although that's likely to be harder than it sounds. 

Overwatch 2's PvE component means that Blizzard is free to experiment with ultimates and abilities, which is what they're doing at the moment. They teased a few retouched ones, like Tracer's (around 3:23:00), and different levels will unlock different skills. 

Kaplain joked that robots do not browse Reddit and complain about balance, so while they'll be looking to hit a decent balance between fun and power in Overwatch 2, they won't be so stressed with fairness. 

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