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Blizzard recently pushed two encrypted Overwatch 2 builds to the CDN. Will Overwatch 2 testing begin soon?

The first build of Overwatch 2 was an update from Patch 1.68 to 2.00.7. It was spotted today.

(us) BuildConfig: 43df11a → 6bd038b

(us) CDNConfig: 650d696 → f1ca2bb

(us) BuildId: 90630 → 93195!

(us) VersionsName: 1.68.0.0.90630 → 2.00.7.0.93195!

The second encrypted build was pushed today as well. The build number went up from 93195 to 93221 just a few hours ago.

(us) BuildConfig: 6bd038b → aaf7523

(us) CDNConfig: f1ca2bb → 623629b

(us) BuildId: 93195 → 93221!

(us) VersionsName: 2.00.7.0.93195 → 2.00.7.0.93221!

Do you think we'll see an Overwatch 2 Beta this month? Don't forget that Mike Ybarra talked about an Overwatch announcement coming soon.

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Oh right, this game is still coming out. Anything to stop this content drought, I guess. It might still be quite far away from final release though.

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I feel like it's been so long, they may as well skip to Overwatch 3. 😬

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Still struggle to understand why they call this a full blown sequel.     I played it at the last Blizzcon, it's exactly like the warcraft/Starcraft campaign...you have preselected heroes running through areas defeating enemies, gaining powerups and other heroes on the way, before battling the big bad.    On the way some heroes become villains, etc.     We've seen this before many times in Blizzard games, it's always been part of the base game though.

Here it's the main selling point of a sequel???     The "new" game modes are just riffs on old game modes (like the giant robot) and you don't even notice the graphics upgrade unless you see a slow side by side comparison.      It really, really feels like this should have been a dlc at best.

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2 hours ago, Migol said:

Still struggle to understand why they call this a full blown sequel.

Marketing, sequel can get way more attention than some huge content drop or an expansion, even if it's basically the same thing. But it's taking so long, one may wonder how effective this strategy is going to be.

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4 hours ago, Arcling said:

Marketing, sequel can get way more attention than some huge content drop or an expansion, even if it's basically the same thing. But it's taking so long, one may wonder how effective this strategy is going to be.

Thing is, I don't understand how it's taking so long...what I played seemed pretty close to done, nearly 2 years ago!     It only had a bit of the campaign done (I'd guess 20%) but the nuts and bolts were there, you could select heroes, destroy armies of robots, get powerups and have other heroes join your group etc...all they need to do is plug in maps, enemies and objectives.    Two-three years for that?

Oh, and come up with a coherent story.   Now I see the delay 🤣

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24 minutes ago, Migol said:

Oh, and come up with a coherent story.   Now I see the delay 🤣

Perhaps not many story missions were ready back then, outside of what was shown. There are cinematics to do too. Likely rebalancing all heroes for 5vs5 and changes to tank role have caused another delay. Maybe some internal issues, both game director and executive producer leaving during development is certainly not a good sign.

That reminds me, we had some foreshadowing of unknown evil Omnic who was standing next to Doomfist (Storm Rising event mission). Years later and we still have no idea who he was and what were his goals. So far, it has lead nowhere. Foreshadowing is pointless if we don't know this character and nothing has been revealed. Great storytelling! 😂

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