Published: Sat, November 02, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Blizzard Announces Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon

Blizzard Announces Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon

Diablo 4, Overwatch 2 and more are all expected to be announced.

The highly-popular team and hero-based multiplayer shooter has been around for just over three years now, and it's seen plenty of updates over that timeframe. A new PvP mode called "Push" and new maps were shown, as was a new cosmetic look for a handful of the original OW heroes.

Amid a tumultuous few weeks, Activision Blizzard announced a handful of new video game titles, including "Overwatch 2" and "Diablo IV", at its annual gaming convention in California on Friday.

The game was unveiled by the series' creative director Jeff Kaplan who brought an emotion-filled trailer starring the game's heroes in our first look of the sequel.

So, that's the "respecting the past" part, but what about that foundation for the future?

The Overwatch 2 reveal was the kicker to the opening ceremony Friday at the annual fan confab.

Hero Missions will likely still have some story elements, but they are isolated from the main campaign.

In the sequel's action-packed cooperative Story Missions, players will experience the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch join forces with a new generation of heroes. There'll be unlockable abilities (or "talents") for the hero missions and possibly story missions, but you won't be able to customize hero abilities in player-vs. -player modes. To be clear, those customization options only seem to be available in co-op; likely for balancing reasons.

Watch the announcement trailers below. As the game aged, players received more dynamic PvE events, like April 2017's "Uprising".

Atmospheric effects and shadows will look better, and every hero has been upgraded with "better detail" and higher fidelity models.

As you can see, there is much to be hyped about.

This week has been filled with leaks and speculations about the next Diablo game, and now that we are only a few hours away from BlizzCon 2019, we saw even more leaks. That means you'll keep your skins, player icons, sprays, emotes, and more!

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