BlizzCon 2019 - Overwatch: What's Next Panel
We are getting a look at what's next in Overwatch 2.

Push Game Mode
  • The team has built lots of game modes of the year, but they have been an Arcade feature.
  • Push is the first game mode since launch that is a core game mode. In Quick Play, Competitive, and Overwatch League.
  • Push map is in Toronto, escorting a robot into enemy territory. Push the furthest to win!
  • As you stand near the robot, it will start moving towards the enemy base.
  • Hit checkpoints, unlock a new spawn point, earn points.
  • When robot isn't pushing, he walks much faster.
  • Reaching the end of the map with the robot results in an instant victory.
  • Internal testing usually doesn't reach the end of the map.
  • More interesting to have the robot move back and forth across the map.
  • Map is mirrored and symmetrical.
  • Team fights happen all across the map instead of at control points like on the current games.
  • Lots of shortcuts and connections in this winding Toronto map.

New Maps
  • Toronto - Red maple trees, hockey things, curling arena, very multi-cultural.
  • Push will have multiple maps.
  • Every core game mode will get multiple new maps.
  • None of the maps being previewed today are finished.
  • Toronto, Gothenburg, Monte Carlo, Rio De Janeiro.

Story Missions
  • Paris is under attack, as is the world.
  • Joining Winston in Paris are other members of the team.
  • Cinematic storytelling!
  • In Rio - Mei, Reinhardt, Tracer, Lucio are the choices.
  • Lots of strategic decision making and fast action in the regular game, trying to bring it to the PvE part of the game.
  • In Rio, Mercy and Genji are on the mission, but not currently a hero you can use.
  • Added an items system to the story missions.
    • Healing Station - Epic, heal 100 health, 90 sec cooldown, reusable.
    • Corrosive Grenade - Legendary, throw grenade that makes enemies take 60% more damage
    • Barrier Fence - Epic, 2000 HP barrier, 90 sec cooldown, reusable.

Hero Missions
  • Play them night after night, week after week, year after year.
  • Somewhat like adventure mode in Diablo or World Quests in WoW.
  • Will take place all across the globe, in old and new maps.
  • Objectives will keep changing.
  • Hero Roster is much more open here, team wants you to be able to pick from all of them.
  • Good opportunity to play and level up heroes that you don't normally play.
  • Different enemy groups, such as Null Sector, Talon, other threats.

Progression
  • Only showing off part of the progression system right now, it's still under development.
  • Talent system was designed for Hero Missions, but got hooked up to Story Missions too after people realized they enjoyed it.
  • Level up each hero, unlocking different talents.
  • Talents give you player power, that's the goal.
  • Talents won't come into the competitive part of the game. Everyone will be equally powerful.
  • Allows you to make your hero feel different than other people's heroes.
  • Tracer talents:
    • Adaptive Reload - Pulse Pistols reload when using any ability.
    • Chain Reaction - Pulse Bomb causes secondary explosions on enemies that are damaged by it.
    • Flash - Blinking through enemies damages them
  • Sojiro's Guidance - Any arrow that hits an enemy detected by Sonic Arrow will pierce other detected enemies.
  • Epicenter - Earthshatter travels in all directions.
  • Cold Snap - When Cryo-freeze ends, nearby enemies are instantly frozen.
  • Snowball Effect - Continue to move after using Cryo-freeze, rolling
  • Dragons Breath - When using Dragonblade, your slashes create a large, piercing projectile.
  • Flame Thrower - Turrets have a flamethrower instead of minigun
  • My Babies! - Torbjorn can place up to 3 mini turrets, instead of 1 regular turret.

Visual Updates
  • Greatly upgraded version of the engine, not a new engine.
  • Batman has existed for a long time, updated over time, but you always knew him when you saw him.
  • Bastion and Torbjorn living together, with Torbjorn upgrading Bastion.
  • Completely new way of doing eyes, hair, skin in the updated engine.
  • Team spent a lot of time bringing characters closer to the camera, very proud of how they look now.
  • Upgraded the HUD, goal is to get it out of your way.
  • New HUD is still early in development, play the demo and give feedback.
  • New Mercy UI shows who you are healing, health ring, and new reticle.
  • Every screen and interface is updated, hero gallery, and more.
  • There is even a new announcer!

New Heroes
  • New heroes need to have a story that fits and role that fits what the game needs.
  • Sojourn is the first Canadian hero.
  • A few new heroes will all be released at once.

Sequel
  • Imagine the team was coming up with a new game, Overwatch 2. New heroes, new maps, story missions, hero missions, progression, talents, engine upgrades, hero visual updates.
  • When a sequel comes out, you lose all of your progression and can't play with friends that haven't bought the new game. The team wants to avoid this in Overwatch.
  • It's important that your progression comes with you.
  • Coming to Battle.net, Switch, PS4, Xbox One.
  • No release date yet, just let the team make a great game.
  • Team going dark after BlizzCon.
  • Team is focused on Overwatch 2, but there are still some cool updates coming to Overwatch.
  • Not adding a new event to Archives this year, the team is focused on Overwatch 2.
  • You can go the the Training Room, play a new Deathmatch mode, custom game, or workshop while waiting in an update coming to Overwatch.

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Comments 28 Comments
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    No one gives a shit, do the WoW panel and show us some damn systems. Why is this on the front page and not on the Overwatch section?
  1. Deathknightish's Avatar
    HAHAHAHAHAHA the absolute best part of this reveal is how my hometown Göteborg/Gothenburg gets represented in a AAA game finally!
    Doesn't look anywhere near how it looks like IRL, but it's got the details right like the tram line, "landshövdingehus" (houses with concrete first floor and wooden second) and Kopparmärra, a statue of one of our kings.
  1. Bakis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    No one gives a shit, do the WoW panel and show us some damn systems. Why is this on the front page and not on the Overwatch section?
    WoW retail is dead didn't you notice.
    People jumped ship back to Classic and we already know everything about Classic.
  1. dhru2's Avatar
    This OW2 feels like a simple event patch for $60+...

    I hate the new face of Mercy! Real women have no sharp brick jaws... only hollywood "women" and men have those. The whole woman body is all about light, graceful body lines without edges...

    And I really don't like the new cloths either. It seems they hide a lot more. Look at the new base skin for Mercy. I guess they have to please China where shameful to admire healthy looking women.
  1. Happykilmore's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    No one gives a shit, do the WoW panel and show us some damn systems. Why is this on the front page and not on the Overwatch section?
    I'm sure they will happily go into the future and cover the WoW panel for you. Be patient; you're just going to bitch about that as well.
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Happykilmore View Post
    I'm sure they will happily go into the future and cover the WoW panel for you. Be patient; you're just going to bitch about that as well.
    WoW should have been first since that is what the vast majority of people at Blizzcon go for now.
  1. Jojoejoe3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhru2 View Post
    This OW2 feels like a simple event patch for $60+...

    I hate the new face of Mercy! Real women have no sharp brick jaws... only hollywood "women" and men have those. The whole woman body is all about light, graceful body lines without edges...
    Where has the price been shown? Overwatch wasn't even sold at $60, price point for Overwatch 2 will most likely be $30-$40.
  1. dhru2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jojoejoe3 View Post
    Where has the price been shown? Overwatch wasn't even sold at $60, price point for Overwatch 2 will most likely be $30-$40.
    I am not talking about the minimal version of the game what doesn't even contain half of the good skins.
  1. Happykilmore's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    WoW should have been first since that is what the vast majority of people at Blizzcon go for now.
    I'll agree with you on that, but I see no harm in covering the other panels in the meantime.
  1. KevyB's Avatar
    Cute trash
  1. Queendom's Avatar
    I still can't get what are they selling as "OW2", because all new heroes and maps will be available in OW1 anyway.
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Happykilmore View Post
    I'll agree with you on that, but I see no harm in covering the other panels in the meantime.
    Fair, I am just upset because people are shitting on the features already when nothing was explained in game or shown in any capacity and they could have avoided this by doing the panel first, no one would have been mad if Overwatch was last in line lol.
  1. Merin's Avatar
    I have an extremely difficult time understanding how PvE will be a draw. I get it’ll be greatly expanded but the ones in the original OW were so unbelievably bad that my mind can’t begin to parse how to make them be genuinely fun.
  1. Sialina's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhru2 View Post
    This OW2 feels like a simple event patch for $60+...

    I hate the new face of Mercy! Real women have no sharp brick jaws... only hollywood "women" and men have those. The whole woman body is all about light, graceful body lines without edges...

    And I really don't like the new cloths either. It seems they hide a lot more. Look at the new base skin for Mercy. I guess they have to please China where shameful to admire healthy looking women.
    Don't care about OW2, but dude, it's not shameful to admire healthy looking women in China, I would know as I'm Chinese. We are more reserved about cleavage than you guys, sure, but on the other hand short skirts are very very common. All in all we are about as modest/open as western women. Don't spread false information.
  1. Trbn's Avatar
    moneygrab lol
  1. GreenJesus's Avatar
    What's the point of this game if everything will be available in overwatch 1 anyway?
  1. Snorlax's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhru2 View Post
    This OW2 feels like a simple event patch for $60+...

    I hate the new face of Mercy! Real women have no sharp brick jaws... only hollywood "women" and men have those. The whole woman body is all about light, graceful body lines without edges...

    And I really don't like the new cloths either. It seems they hide a lot more. Look at the new base skin for Mercy. I guess they have to please China where shameful to admire healthy looking women.
    You know you cant fuck pixels right?
  1. Talerin's Avatar
    Why not call it a PvE expansion? If I can carry over literally everything, and play with the same people between the two games, its the same game... but expanded... On top of that, why would I want two OW buttons on my battlenet that play the exact same game?
  1. mojojojo202's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Happykilmore View Post
    I'm sure they will happily go into the future and cover the WoW panel for you. Be patient; you're just going to bitch about that as well.
    Spot the incel.
  1. Merin's Avatar
    Somewhat like adventure mode in Diablo or World Quests in WoW.
    This is supposed to sound appealing? I feel actual physical pain when I think about those

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