Blizzards Reddit Q&A Talk to Overwatch 2

Blizzards Reddit Q&A Talk to Overwatch 2 ...

Developers from Blizzard Entertainment shared a message on Wednesday about Overwatch 2, the free-to-play semi-sequel to the hero shooter that will be launched this October. Overwatch 2 founders, including game director Aaron Keller, answered some nasty questions about how it will affect your existing credits and loot boxes in Overwatch, but later remained open.

Overwatch 2 has five things to be aware of, especially if you are an existing Overwatch player.

If all of your unopened loot boxes are unlocked, the short answer is that all your unopened currency will go to Overwatch 2, and all your unopened loot boxes will be automatically opened for you in October. What''s unambiguous is what you will be able to spend the previous Overwatch currency on.

Before Overwatch 2 will go live in October, Jon Spector, the industry leader and vice president for Overwatch, said. However, those existing currencies (credits, OWL tokens, and competitive points) will come with you into Overwatch 2. We are not transitioning loot boxes into Overwatch 2, and any unopened loot boxes will be automatically opened with your account receiving all of the contents directly.

Spector clarified that OW1 credits come with you to OW2, but that our new virtual currency will be the main currency, and there will be things in OW2 that will not be purchasable with those OW1 credits.

Players will be given access to three new heros (Sojourn, Junker Queen, and an unannounced support character), six new maps, a new game mode called Push, and new cosmetics, as well as the games'' first battle pass. After all, the games'' most recent hero, Echo, has been added to the roster.

Here''s what game director Aaron Keller had to say when asked about the unexpectedly large number of new heroes on day one:

For example, Overwatch 2 was initially split between the PvE and the PvP sides of the game, and the way it was planned was to get all aspects of the game completed once the game was ready to ship. For example, there was no secret vault of completed heroes and other content that was holding on the team as heroes. This is because we continued to iterate on the PvE side of the game, and the game was so eager to release content on a seasonal basis, rather than holding it to a box.

We have restructured the team in order to stay successful in the long run, beyond the size we were at the start. We have large plans for the game, including new heroes, maps, and game modes, and to accomplish these without having to waste time and effort. For instance, the season 2 hero was in many stages of playtesting, with two of whom are supported!

Though Overwatch was strictly a multiplayer game, the sequel will bring with it a single-player, cooperative story-driven, mission-based content. In 2023, Blizzards intends to launch the PvE side of Overwatch 2, and the developer didn''t share much about the other half of the game during its Reddit AMA.

Keller said that Overwatch 2 will go in early access, indicating that this is just the beginning of a slew of new things coming to the game, and that the PvE campaign will be released as part of the Blizzards live service program.

We are not ready to talk about our PvE plans yet, but it''s really important for us to make sure people understand the lore and stakes going in, according to Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie, the lead narrative designer and writer on Overwatch 2. We are developing new bios and are developing new ultra-modern designs that will surprise even long-term fans of the lore.

Gavin Winter, the systems designer for Overwatch 2, alleged that certain technologies that included the PvE campaign component of Overwatch 2 might be helpful in determining whether or not Assault-style maps will be used in other game modes in Overwatch 2. (In the event you haven''t been keeping up, maps like Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and other 2CP maps will not be allowed in core game modes in Overwatch 2, with Blizzard citing player discontent.)

Overwatch, as-is, isn''t a particularly social game. However, it may be different.

We are looking to add more social systems to Overwatch 2, and a guild system is nearing the top of the list for us, Keller said. A like this is a great opportunity and something was really excited about, but it is a huge boost, not only for large sections of our organization, but also for several other departments at Blizzard. It''s too early to talk about specifics or when it might come out.

Keller alleged that the Overwatch team is beginning to look into in-game tournaments for the sequel.

Moira, Symmetra, and Brigitte will all see changes during Overwatch 2''s upcoming beta and when the game goes live. Moira will benefit from unspecified additional benefit from Symmetra''s dont-call-it-a-rework, according to senior hero Josh Noh. The longer teleporter build time and quicker secondary fire projectile speed will be expected. Brigitte will receive an unspecified upgrade to her Ultimate when Overwatch 2 launches.

Despite what a prototype menu screen for Overwatch 2 showed last week, Blizzard said the Assault map Hanamura isn''t currently being transformed into a Payload map. It''s unlikely that we have undertaken it, according to Winter.