Overwatch 2, revealed at BlizzCon 2019, has been both an exciting prospect for fans of the first game and a point of contention and confusion in the community. Following the game’s announcement, Blizzard was not too clear on their intent with the title, and between that weekend and BlizzConline 2021, they have been reticent on the project. So what exactly is Overwatch 2? DLC? An expansion? And is it actually a full-blown sequel or Overwatch 1.5? With all past additions to Overwatch being free, will players need to pay for Overwatch 2? All this time later, we finally have answers to what to expect from Overwatch 2.
Overwatch 2 is a dedicated sequel
Following BlizzConline 2021, we can now say that Blizzard intends Overwatch 2 to be a full-blown sequel and a separate purchase aside from the first game without a shadow of the doubt. After seeing the scope of Story Mode, Hero Missions, and the changes to PvP coming alongside the release, we know that Jeff Kaplan’s team is dedicated to creating a full sequel, even on the PvP side of things.
While the sequel will be compatible with the first game (meaning Overwatch 2 players will play against the first game’s player base in PvP), there will be distinct differences between where you play the game. For example, in 2019, the team revealed that Overwatch 2 players would see graphical updates. Anyone playing on the first game will see the same visual fidelity they have known for years. Whether these plans remain by the time Overwatch 2 releases, we will have to see.
While PvP will see all the same updates (at least at first) on the first game, Overwatch 2 will be the only place where players will see PvE modes in the cinematic Story Mode and over 100 Hero Missions to play cooperatively with others. These areas seem to be where a great deal of the development in the game has been focused. From adding various new enemies to fight to implementing an RPG progression system in talents, Overwatch 2’s PvE will be a distinctly different way to play that players have not seen, even during the seasonal events.
How much will Overwatch 2 cost?
Being a true sequel means that Overwatch 2 will be a separate purchase for players to get into. Talking speculatively, we expect the game to be a full-price purchase (either $60 or $70). Years of development are going into Overwatch 2, and by minimizing the content the first game sees until then, the sequel will seem like an even more significant step up from what we have now. Again, this is mere speculation, and Blizzard could announce a cheaper price point whenever a release date is given, but given the resources and focus put into the sequel, we would be shocked if it were, say, $40 at launch.