Overwatch 2: Release Date, Gameplay, Characters, and More


Announced at Blizzcon 2019, Overwatch 2 will not only feature new co-op modes, new maps, and heroes with customization and leveling but will also help build out the story behind the game’s beloved heroes. To get players ready for the upcoming sequel to the original, here’s a roundup of what we know about Overwatch 2 so far.

What is the Overwatch 2 Release Date?

At the time of writing Overwatch 2 does not have an official release date. When the game was officially announced at BlizzCon 2019, game director Jeff Kaplan said, “We [Blizzard] don’t have a date in mind.”

Overwatch 2 Gameplay Reveal Screens

In January, a tweet from PlayStation Brazil’s Twitter account seemingly revealed that Overwatch 2 would be released on PS4 in 2020. The tweet has since been deleted. However, this was never confirmed by Blizzard and for now, it seems developers aren’t offering up any new information about the Overwatch 2 release date.

What Does Overwatch 2 Gameplay Look Like?

Overwatch 2 will reportedly expand the universe through an all-new story-focused PvE mode. This mode aims to bring more of the world and lore that Overwatch has to offer to players, which has been mostly experienced in bits and pieces through cinematic trailers, comics, and occasionally cutscenes via seasonal events.

While details about Overwatch 2’s story are unclear, it seems to revolve around the ongoing fight between Overwatch and Null Sector, as seen in the Overwatch 2 announcement cinematic Zero Hour. If you’re not caught up on Overwatch lore, be sure to check out our recap of the Overwatch story so far.Overwatch 2 will also feature a PvP game mode called Push, which has been shown on an all-new map set in Toronto, Canada.

Push is a new 6v6 mode in which players will fight for control of a giant robot. Essentially, players need to gain control of the robot, in an effort to push the marker towards the opposing team’s base.

IGN’s Matt Kim was able to go hands-on with Overwatch 2’s Push mode at Blizzcon 2019. He said, “The most impressive part of Push is the new Toronto map in which it’s set. The map showcases some of the graphical improvements that are also coming to Overwatch 2, and there’s a noticeable improvement in the visuals just based on the map alone.” For more of Matt’s thoughts, be sure to check out his Overwatch 2 hands-on preview.

Who Are the New Overwatch 2 Characters?

In November 209, there were reportedly four unannounced heroes teased for Overwatch 2. One of these teased characters could have been Echo but they were recently confirmed to be the last new hero in Overwatch. Jeff Kaplan, the Overwatch game director confirmed this to IGN Nordic, saying, “Yes, currently Echo is the last hero coming to standard Overwatch. The focus for the next couple of heroes will be on Overwatch 2.A tease shown at Blizzcon revealed Sojourn as a new hero coming to Overwatch 2. So far, we know Sojourn is from Canada and was featured in an Overwatch seasonal event called Storm Rising as a captain. Fans also noticed her in Ana’s origin story as one of the founding members of Overwatch and she was spotted again in a quick flash as a hero on a computer Winston uses to put out a call for help in an animated short called Recall. She will be the first black female hero to join the game.
Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor with IGN. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith.



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