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Here come a whole lot more details on OW2! We'll be updating the article live as the panel goes on.

  • Jeff from the Overwatch team and Aaron Keller (who made a lot of WoW cities) start the panel off


  • In Push, the new game mode, the teams have to escort/push the robot to the enemy base
  • The further it goes, the higher the score is and you unlock spawn point as it progresses
  • Robot moves faster when not pushing barricade
  • Most maps do not finish with a team getting to the end
  • Symmetrical maps and game modes, mirrored maps and same objectives for both teams
  • Winding path for robot, very flanky, emphasizing those types of heroes (Tracer, Reaper, Genji)


  • Toronto first map
  • Multiple new PvP maps for all current modes from OW1






  • Story:
    • Overwatch (the in-game organization) is back - after it was banned before OW1 and Winston initiated the recall (as depicted in the animated shorts)
    • McCree is nowhere to be found
    • The attack on Paris by Nul-sector is actually world-wide
    • Every story mission has a cinematic intro and outro
    • Specific heroes in specific story missions


  • Item system in story missions
    • Temporary item pickup for the mission only, similar to Battle Royales


  • Hero missions
    • Very replayable, long term content
    • Similar to adventure mode in Diablo or World Quests in WoW
    • Linked with hero progression
    • Playable in all old maps
    • Objectives will keep changing
    • Full hero lineup to pick from
    • Certain heroes will be very good for certain objective types
    • Different enemy groups



  • Progression system:
    • Only a part of the system now, could change a lot between now and release
    • Talent system - originally only for hero missions, but might be in story missions as well
    • Not in competitive, PvE only
    • Talent combos



  • Same engine as Overwatch 1, but greatly upgraded
  • New look for the heroes


  • New HUD, but still very changeable before release


  • Sojourn, another new hero


  • Redefining the sequel - a little vague and unsure but this is what it sounded like Jeff was saying
    • Seemingly every new PvP map, new Heroes will also be added to Overwatch 1?
    • Seemingly all the currently earned skins will come over to OW2?
  • Coming to PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One
  • No release date quite yet

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Still not sure what it is, when you buy OW2 will it replace OW1, like an expansion? Seems like a lot of hassle for them, if they are going to add heroes and maps for both clients, with crossplay in pvp allowed.

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