After countless of speculations and leaks, Activision Blizzard finally announced Overwatch 2 during 2019 BlizzCon earlier in November of 2019. The expansion unveiled a new story mode which will take place in the Overwatch world as well as new heroes and maps. While there was no set release date back then, there were reportedly some leaks made by PlayStation Brazil on their official Twitter page, where they claimed the sequel to Overwatch is set to be released this year.
During BlizzCon 2019, which took place at the start of November in Anaheim, California, Blizzard unveiled a trailer for Overwatch 2, which will serve as a sequel to the massively popular Overwatch, however, it will introduce its own unique spin to it, moving away from the Multiplayer FPS genre to a more player-versus-environment (PvE) focused gameplay, using a completely new engine.
While the basics about Overwatch 2 were revealed, Blizzard retrained from revealing the release date. When asked about the date, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan told the fans:
"I have no idea, like, let’s just make it great, that’s what we care about more than anything. We don’t have a date in mind”.
With that, the Overwatch fans did not get the answer they were looking for and while the announcement of Overwatch 2 alone made many people excited, the release date remained shrouded in mist - until earlier this week, when PlayStation Brazil made a Twitter post, which read:
"2020 será o ano em que Overwatch 2 chega ao PS4, e para nos prepararmos, conversamos com alguns de seus desenvolvedores, que nos deram informações quentes. Leia a entrevista: " https://t.co/6B8i2p9yTH"
Which roughly translated means:
"2020 will be the year in which Overwatch 2 will arrive on the PS4, and to prepare ourselves, we spoke to some of its developers, who gave us some hot information."
But before we get too excited, we have to consider that this Twitter post is far from an official confirmation of the release, which begs the question of whether is it even true or not. Would it be Blizzard themselves releasing such statement, we could be sure Overwatch 2 will be released sometime in the next 12 months, in this case, however, we can have our doubts.
Another thing that caught the attention of the community was the link to an old post from November, which does raise a question as of why they would be referring to it now, over a month later. Unless there were, in fact, some movements in the release date and one of the developers unintentionally leaked the information.
Whether any of the information is true or not is at this point a pure guess, however, if there is one thing we can be certain of is that the community is eager to test out Blizzard's new project, which looks very interesting, to say the least.
Overwatch 2 announcement cinematic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKXS_YA9s7E
Not a lot is known about the Overwatch 2, yet enough for it to catch the attention of thousands upon thousands of gamers.
As it's already known, Overwatch 2 will be a more PvE-focused game, where the players will still be able to compete in a multiplayer environment with those from the original game, but on new maps and with new features, which will make Overwatch 2 a completely new experience as compared to Overwatch (1).
When presenting Overwatch 2, Blizzard stated that the new game will not bring the end of its predecessor. Instead, the game developers decided to abandon the FPS-side of the game in favour of a more co-op oriented gameplay, meaning it won’t simply be an “upgraded” version of Overwatch, but an entirely different title. With the same characters, the same story and it will take place in the same universe.
Blizzard also addresses the questions whether there is a possibility we will see a PvE and PvP modes cross-over and claimed the PvE and PvP progression are completely separate in order to avoid any balance issues the cross-over could bring, considering there are some abilities in the PvE mode, which would give players significant advantages in the PvP environment.
"Our main objective is to create a robust progression system that works together with the Hero Missions, in which players can play and replay for hours, as the main game mode if they wish, after finishing the story mode in Overwatch 2."
Whether Overwatch 2 will release this month, this year or later down the line is at this point anyone's guess and while there are reasons to believe the Brasilian PlayStation Twitter might have leaked the approximate date, we have to also consider there is a lot of misinformation out there.