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Blizzard says development on Overwatch 2 is "going great"

Coming into its own

While Blizzard might be bringing a new hero to Overwatch, the team is also toiling away on Overwatch 2. It hasn't been all that long since the sequel was revealed, but how are things going for the game? In an interview with Polygon, game director Jeff Kaplan seemed quite pleased where things are at.

“development is going great. The team’s having tons of fun making the game, I feel like we’re starting to understand it even more.”

Overwatch 'Echo' character introduction trailer

Introducing Echo. An evolutionary robot programmed with a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence, Echo represents the cutting edge of technology.

Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu departs Blizzard after 20 years

Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu has announced that he's leaving Blizzard after a 20-year stint with the company. Chu lent his talents to Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Overwatch 2. You can see the message Chu shared about his departure in full below.

When I first walked through the doors of Blizzard Entertainment twenty years ago, my only dream was to help make the games I had spent countless hours of my life playing. From the battles between the races of Azeroth in Warcraft to the corruption of humanity as pawns of the Eternal Conflict in Diablo, I was lucky enough to tell stories in these amazing universes and help bring them to life. And I have had the great fortune to get to know and interact with the passionate global community that played our games.

These meetings, travels, and a desire to embrace the diversity of our world made it clear that there were different stories that needed to be told about places and people not traditionally seen in games. As an Asian American, I wanted to experience narratives that represented people like me and to see them depicted as heroes. Overwatch offered an opportunity to bring a more inclusive vision of earth to life: a future worth fighting for. Together, we worked, struggled, and shed tears to champion a universe that featured people from across the world, to bring to life the wondrous sights of earth’s past, present, and future, and to empower the contributions of creators and voices who would better represent the breadth of human experience. I believed that a game could show the power of diversity and that one kiss could change the world, if only a little.

Overwatch has been a life-changing experience. I have always felt that games and the stories they tell have the unique ability to bring people closer together, and that the empathy you feel from stepping into someone else’s shoes, even virtually, can bridge the gap between miles, cultures, and nations. Overwatch and its consistently generous and inspiring community have only reinforced that belief. I’ve heard stories of people learning a new language after hearing a line of dialogue, people feeling inspired to take a trip to a new place after “visiting” it in-game, and people meeting teammates across languages and borders to take up the cause of making our world a better place. But most of all: again and again, of people empathizing with a story about someone who is not the same as them.

Now, as I head out through the Blizzard doors for a last time, I have new dreams: to continue to tell these stories and build worlds that unite people through games. To help create an inclusive world where more people will want to share stories that reflect their own experiences. I hope it’s something we can build together.

That’s the future that I believe in.

RUMOR - Overwatch 2 potentially releasing in 2020

PlayStation might have leaked some information

Overwatch 2 was announced last year by Blizzard Entertainment to critical anticipation. No release date has officially been given, but thanks to a leak from PlayStation, we might be able to expect the sequel sometime later this year. The official Brazilian PlayStation Twitter account tweeted about the game on January 6th, 2020, revealing that the FPS would be coming to PS4 in 2020. The post was quickly deleted for unknown reasons. It's possible it could simply be an error on Sony's part, but it also could also be information that was dropped just a little too early. Overwatch 2 is confirmed to be coming to Nintendo Switch, but we'll have to wait and see if it launches alongside the PlayStation version, if the leak is even factual.

Blizzard may have teased the Junker Queen as a playable character in Overwatch 2

From trash to treasure

Overwatch 2 is going to have some new playable characters without a doubt, but Blizzard hasn't mentioned any specifically. While we're still waiting for an official confirmation, a special video Blizzard put together for the holidays might have teased one of those characters.

Blizzard ran a special yule log video for the holidays, which featured Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan sitting by a fire and randomly talking. During the extremely long video, Kaplan mentions the Junker Queen at one point, and wonders out loud if she'd ever make it to the playable roster. Blizzard obviously knows that talking like this will drum up speculation and interest, so either they're teasing a character that's sure to join the game, or they're just riling up fans for the fun of it.

Overwatch 'Winter Wonderland' Event Now Live

You better Overwatch out!

‘Tis the season for snow-topped payloads and winter festivities! Winter Wonderland 2019 is now live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Brand new rewards are available this year, so don’t forget to log in from December 10 to January 2 to deck the halls of your cosmetic collection!

NEW GAME MODE: SNOWBALL DEATHMATCH

This year’s Winter Wonderland event ushers in a new mini game mode, called “Snowball Deathmatch.”
This is an 8-player free-for-all deathmatch where everyone will play as Mei with a modified Mei snowball gun, similar to the one from Mei’s Snowball Offensive.

Mei will get a new ability in this game mode, called “Catch” – allowing you to catch an enemy snowball and, if successful, adding it to your ammo count. The first player to get to 15 eliminations wins!

WEEKLY CHALLENGES

Weekly Challenges are back for Winter Wonderland, allowing you to unlock limited-time rewards by winning nine games.
Rewards include an array of player icons, sprays, and Epic skins!
Week 1: Ugly Sweater Soldier:76 (Epic)
Week 2: Holly Moira (Epic)
Week 3: Snow Angel Mercy (Epic)

NEW COSMETICS

4 Legendary Skins

- Jotunn Doomfist
- Mountain Man McCree
- Rat King Reaper
- Rime Sigma

3 Epic Skins
Player Icons, Sprays

Overwatch director shows interest in the series going beyond games

Overwatch, the telenovela

An Overwatch sequel is in the works, and obviously, that's going to pack in all sorts of new experiences, characters, and more. With that said, could there be aspirations for the Overwatch franchise beyond the video game scene? EDGE asked Overwatch director Jeff Caplan about any possible off-shoots for the series, to which he said this.

“We’ve always thought of Overwatch as a universe, not a single game. The original game was the first expression of Overwatch, but we dream of what other forms of media could feature Overwatch. Movies? An animated series? What other game types would everyone love to see in the Overwatch universe? We hope that the characters of Overwatch exist far into the future and are expressed in ways that we can’t even imagine today.”

Blizzard explains what makes Overwatch 2 a true sequel

A sequel in every way

Overwatch 2 is a unique situation, as any content created for the game will also be available to owners of the original Overwatch. This has caused some confusion about Overwatch 2, as some people are thinking its just a simple expansion, rather than a true sequel. In an interview with EDGE, game director Jeff Kaplan explained why their team believes Overwatch 2 is a fully-fledged sequel in every way.

“A sequel is a brand new game, with new gameplay and features as well as an evolution of the game world. Overwatch 2 is clearly a sequel by my definition. We’ve more than doubled the team size from the original game to make Overwatch 2. We’ll be introducing a full suite of new PvP maps to the game – what you would expect from a sequel to any shooter – including multiple new maps for every existing game mode currently in the game, as well as Push. Overwatch 2 is an order of magnitude larger than the original game, and therefore we consider it a sequel."

Overwatch 2 'Gameplay' trailer

Overwatch 2 is the globe-spanning sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed team-based game, building upon the original’s battle-honed foundation and carrying forward everything players have earned into a new era of epic competition and team play. Square off against rivals in PvP modes, and explore the Overwatch universe firsthand in all new, fully cooperative missions that challenge the world’s heroes to team up, power up, and take on an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe.

Blizzard currently "experimenting with more radical changes for PvP" in Overwatch

Toying with new ideas

Overwatch 2 is in the works, and its bringing all of Overwatch with it. What can fans of the franchise look forward to? In an interview with EDGE magazine, game director Jeff Kaplan revealed that Blizzard is "experimenting with more radical changes for PvP." When pushed for more details, Kaplan said he didn't want to reveal info, just incase their experiments don't make it to the final game. Whatever is going on, it sounds like some radical departures for PvP are being considered.

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