Actvision Blizzard Announces Overwatch 2 at #BlizzCon2019
After weeks of leaks, and all out blunders, Blizzard has finally announced the not-so-highly anticipated sequel to Overwatch, Overwatch 2, and while it is a sequel in number, then it is more of an expansion, with a £40 price tag attached. As the multiplayer component of Overwatch 2, is literally the same as the one of the original, and that’s not all – because once Overwatch 2 hits the streets, it’s adopters will be able to play against the owners of the original.
While it is nice of Blizzard not to split the player-base, the way Call of Duty does it every year. Then ultimately, charging full price for a ‘last year’s’ multiplayer game, with what appears to be a half-assed co-op mode attached, does seem a little bold – even for Activision Blizzard.
The blown-out-of-proportion co-op mode of Overwatch 2, which has been in the headlines for past weeks. Appears to be nothing more than, expanded seasonal events, akin to the Uprising. Meaning that what was once meant to be a grand story mode, will be nothing more than a cluster of co-op events.
Previously, Blizzard has made a point out of underlining the fact that Overwatch’s engine isn’t exactly perfect for single/co-op, AI-centric content. So, either Blizzard has found a way, adopted new engine just for this mode, or Overwatch 2 will simply work just like original’s seasonal events, with bots running into walls, and doming you within a fraction of a second, on higher difficulties.
To end on a positive note, it is important to highlight that the overhaul in terms of visual design is rather impressive, as the in-game heroes will no longer look like cheap plastic toys within the remits of Overwatch 2. And furthermore, they will all also feature unlockable abilities within the title’s co-op components, meaning that there will be more to Overwatch 2 than just loot boxes.
Overwatch 2 is set to launch on undisclosed platforms, at an undisclosed date, for an undisclosed price. However, if I were to bet, Overwatch 2 is bound to hit the streets on Overwatch’s anniversary – or at least within a week of it. It will most likely only launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC – with Switch, and next gen platforms receiving their versions in the future. And it will more than likely run you $60, and/or £40.