Blizzard announcement of Overwatch 2 on this year's BlizzCon gave us plenty to think about but left a few unanswered questions. In a recent interview with the PlayStation Blog, Blizzard's Aaron Keller and Michael Chu answered a few.
Overwatch has been quite a success for Blizzard but most of the in-game lore had to be told via cinematics, which sort of robbed the company of their trademark storytelling. Thankfully, Overwatch 2 will change that thanks to the PvE and Hero missions.
"For the last few years, we’ve been leading up to this story. The story of Overwatch 2 is the next step of the Overwatch story. You’ve been introduced to the main characters, to the conflicts, and the history of the world, but now we’re moving to the next chapter", he said.
Blizzard apparently have a bunch of heroes in the works, although neither Keller nor Chu were willing to drop any hints. They did say that every hero will introduce a new gameplay mechanic, but that pretty much goes without saying.
They reminded, however, that the existing heroes will be a blast to play in the new Hero Missions, as they're tweaked specifically for those. Reinhardt's Earthshatter, for instance, will not be cone-shaped like in PvP, but a 360-degree effect. Scary, we know.
While the general Overwatch PvP format is left untouched, the PvE and Hero maps are not only larger - they're prettier too. "The maps are almost 2X larger than regular Overwatch maps. They’ve also got way more advanced technology show dynamic weather, lightning, explosions, and more", Keller said.
You probably already know that Overwatch and its sequel will basically coexist, and in terms of PvP maps - players will be able to play OW2 maps. If, however, you want access to PvE and Hero Missions, that will require a purchase.