If you’ve been wondering about Overwatch 2, you’re definitely not alone, as Blizzard have been practically silent about the pseudo sequel to their hugely popular hero shooter for the past year. Jeff Kaplan (from the Overwatch team) has now revealed that an update on the game’s development will be coming at BlizzCon Online in February.
BlizzCon Online is the delayed annual conference and fan fest that Blizzard have held in the autumn almost every year since 2005. The 2020 edition was cancelled because of (you guessed it) COVID-19, with Blizzard deciding bring next year’s event forward to compensate. It will now be held 19-20th February 2021.
In the latest Overwatch development update, Kaplan said what many people suspected: they’re holding off on revealing anything more about Overwatch 2 until BlizzCon.
Speaking about a new map coming to Overwatch, he said, “I know a lot of you weren’t expecting this to be coming. As you know, our big focus is Overwatch 2, which we will be talking about more in February with BlizzCon Online coming up.”
“Can’t wait to talk to you more about Overwatch 2, can’t wait to show you more with Overwatch 2. We know it’s been too long, we know we’ve been quiet, and we still have a ways to go, just to manage expectations. But we’re working extremely hard, we want this game to be great for you, both the live game and the upcoming sequel.”
Don’t expect the game to come out any time soon, though. It’s still quite a way away.
The new map, Kanezaka, came directly from Blizzard’s push to expand the Overwatch team that’s working on Overwatch 2. One of the new hires was being inducted into the team’s tools and design ethos, tasked with coming up with a map to demo their skills. It was so good that the rest of the team wanted to spin it out into a full production and release it for the current game. It has a cat cafe, which instantly makes it better than any other map in the game.
Overwatch 2 was announced at last year’s BlizzCon, as an unusual sequel-cum-expansion to the existing game. Overwatch 2 will be backward compatible with Overwatch with heroes, balance, maps and other competitive multiplayer content. To put it another way, Blizzard are adding all the new competitive content to keep the original game in lockstep. So what’s new? Well, a major expansion of the PvE co-op content, going beyond seasonal events to really flesh out the game’s playable story.