With the evolution of online gaming and cross-platform play, more and more games are jumping on the newest trend. Will Overwatch 2 be part of this cross-platform revolution?
Cross-platform play is a huge part of the gaming ecosystem since it first appeared in titles like Fortnite and Rocket League. Since the huge successes of these systems, it has appeared in more titles like Apex Legends, Call of Duty, and Rogue Company.
For a large game audience like Overwatch, crossplay seems to be the next logical step for the community and brand.
What is crossplay?
Crossplay is a system that connects players in a game, regardless of platform. PC users can play with console, and console players are free to play with PC players and members of another console platform. (Nintendo Switch with Xbox, PlayStation with PC, etc.)
With crossplay comes a few issues, most notably input advantages. In a competitive setting, it is widely accepted that mouse and keyboard players have more precision against a player on a controller. Depending on how a game’s crossplay is configured, it may filter players depending on which input device they use, or which platform they are on.
For example, Apex Legends allows console players to play against one another (PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox), where PC players are stuck against other PC players unless a console player joins their game. When this happens, the console player will play in a PC lobby.
Other games utilize input-based-matchmaking, where keyboard and mouse players are placed against other keyboard and mouse players, and the same applies to controller players. For a game like Overwatch, this may be the most lucrative option.
Will Overwatch 2 have crossplay?
Currently, there’s no information regarding crossplay in the game, aside from Overwatch Vice President Jeff Kaplan stating that crossplay is something the team is passionate about and exploring.
Unfortunately, this means we’ll have to wait for more information regarding the game to know for sure if we’ll have crossplay in the next hit Overwatch title.
Blizzard Chief Legal Officer resigns as Activision Blizzard lawsuit controversy continues
Turmoil at Activision Blizzard continues as new investigations & details surface on the harassment lawsuit.
The turmoil over the lawsuit for Activision Blizzard continues as a high profile executive of the company has announced their departure.
Blizzard Entertainment’s Chief Legal Officer, Claire Hart, has shared on her LinkedIn that she’s left the company on Friday, September 17.
Hart said in her message on LinkedIn that “the past three years have been full of unexpected twists and turns, but I feel honored to have worked with and met so many great people at Blizzard and across the Activision Blizzard businesses.”
She did not comment on whether her departure was related to what was happening at the company currently. Activision Blizzard also declined to comment beyond confirming her departure.
The news of her departure comes as this week the company confirmed new investigations by the SEC over the company’s handling of the lawsuit scandal.
This week, the situation heated up as Activision Blizzard is now under investigation by the SEC for potentially misleading investors over the brevity of the lawsuit and harassment that occurred at the company.
Activision Blizzard confirmed that they are cooperating with the SEC as part of their investigation into the company.
The lawsuit from California State, which surfaced in July, primarily focused on Blizzard Entertainment’s harassment and scandal issues, including sexual harassment, inequality amongst staff pay, and more issues.
Blizzard’s President of J. Allen Brack was the first executive to leave the company, resigning at the end of July. He was replaced by Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal as the new co-leaders of Blizzard Entertainment.
So far, Activision Blizzard has refused to met employee’s demands to chart a better future for the company. An employee group, A Better ABK, has been formed to provide their feedback to the executive team.
In other news in regards to Blizzard, the Executive Producer of Overwatch 2 is departing Blizzard this week.
Chacko Sonny, who was highly respected at Blizzard and seen as the person to chart Overwatch’s future following Jeff Kaplan’s departure, told staff in an email that he’s leaving, per Bloomberg. Sonny was perviously one the masterminds behind Call of Duty ELITE service back in 2011.
We’ll continue to update as the situation unfolds.
Everything we know about Overwatch 2: Release date, maps, heroes & more
Blizzard Entertainment have revealed some new Overwatch 2 details, including brand new missions and campaign mode.
Overwatch fans have been eager to hear news about the highly-anticipated Overwatch 2. Here’s everything that Blizzard has announced about the upcoming sequel.
Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch became a resounding success after its release in 2016. The hero-shooter title has become a massive esport and has achieved cult status in pop culture due to its memorable collection of characters.
Now, the developers are focusing their efforts on the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel. They’ve promised brand new characters, multiplayer modes, cosmetics, and skills for classic characters.
BlizzCon 2021 has given us some new information about the title. Here’s everything we know so far.
When will Overwatch 2 release?
Ever since the follow-up was announced at BlizzCon 2019, details about the project’s arrival have been unclear. Game Director Jeff Kaplan did hint that we would learn more about the game’s release in a developer update.
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Thanks to the Blizzard Q4 2020 earnings call, we’ve learned a bit about what we can and can’t expect from Overwatch 2. According to Blizzard, the game will not be released in 2021. The current climate, production on multiple games, and trying to make Overwatch 2 perfect will likely have caused the delay.
While BlizzCon didn’t give us news on a release date or when the beta test will launch, there is a wide assortment of other exciting content that has been revealed.
In addition to another well-designed mass of multiplayer mayhem, Overwatch 2 is also set to feature PvE content for the first time in the form of a brand new campaign mode, and we now have the official plot details.
Many characters in the first game’s roster will have to reunite in order to uncover the truth behind another Omnic uprising. The missions will have cinematics, along with gameplay and musical themes for each hero and location.
The campaign will take you to a several giant maps complete that come with their own unique environments, enemies and NPCs.
Hero Progression in Overwatch 2
The brand new PVE modes will also contain a hero progression system, which contains multiple talent trees for you to pick from. Each one of these suits a different build, and has seven tiers that can be unlocked with skill points.
For example, Reinhardt has three different talent trees known as Crusader, Guardian, and Juggernaut. These will also include some new abilities, such as Reinhardt being able to pin multiple enemies at once.
Blizzard showed off the opponents you will face in Overwatch 2’s PvE mode back in the 2019 teaser trailer. While they weren’t all that impressive initially, we’ve seen them go through many changes since then.
They appear to be much more reactive to gunfire and damage, so they will shift their attack plan accordingly, making them less predictable. A few enemies will also have obvious weaknesses that you can exploit, while others will require more effort.
You will also encounter some elite enemies that have increased strength and damage. These special opponents will also behave and react differently than regular ones, so you can expect a real battle.
New Overwatch 2 Maps: Rome & New York
Overwatch 2 is set to include two new maps. One is New York City, which consists of several large buildings such as Grand Central Station, pizza shops, and cafes. This area will also have a futuristic vibe to it.
The other new map is Rome, which combines old-world architecture like The Colosseum with modern structures such as a football stadium. We don’t know yet which mode they will be included in, so we hope that Blizzard will give out some more information soon.
New Hero Looks in Overwatch 2
Overwatch fans have been expecting to see some brand new Hero looks in the sequel, and we knew that there would be improvements to Genji, Lucio, Mai, Mercy, Reinhardt, Tracer, and Winston. However, BlizzCon 2021 revealed even more changes to other characters as well.
It turns out that McCree, Pharah, Reaper, and Widowmaker are getting brand new hero textures, along with redesigned faces will that will appear more expressive. The latter was probably a decision that was based around the game’s new campaign mode, which includes cutscenes.
PvP Changes in Overwatch 2
In addition to the new PvE content, Overwatch 2 will also bring a plethora of PvP changes. Here are all the ones that have been revealed so far:
- Sojourn will have a rail gun to “rip through” enemies
- The new PvP will take inspiration from the current structure, but the developers are experimenting with some major changes
- New Passive abilities known as “role passives” are being tested out, and these will affect all characters in a role
- Tank characters could be altered for effectiveness in close-ranged combat
- A select group of devs has been tasked with polishing the combat
- Melee attacks will have improved animations and sound effects
- Weapons will have altered sounds
Jeff Kaplan has also confirmed that Blizzard plan to cut 2CP mode from competitive mode rotations. We might not even see it in the sequel at all outside of Arcade.
The sequel will also introduce a brand new co-op PvP mode known as Hero Missions. These will be geared towards Overwatch fans who are looking for a good alternative to competitive play.
The developers intend to make more than a hundred missions, which they claim can be played “night after night” without feeling repetitive. Players can select any hero on the roster, and the missions will take place on all of the existing maps. Some will even include some additional areas.
That covers everything we know about Overwatch 2 so far. There is still a ton of information that has yet to be revealed by the devs, but the game already sounds incredibly exciting due to all the new content that they have planned.
We’ll keep checking for any new announcements Blizzard Entertainment, and we’ll let you know as soon as we learn something else.
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How to watch BlizzCon 2021 30th anniversary digital event: Overwatch 2 details
Blizzard is celebrating 30 years in 2021 with a 2-day digital event. We have details on how to follow it, and we expect new Overwatch 2 info.
BlizzCon 2021 will be the celebration of 30 years for one of the world’s most recognizable video game companies. The 2-day event is a digital-only experience, and new details are expected on Overwatch 2 & more. We have details on how you can watch it.
It’s hard to truly measure the impact that Blizzard Entertainment’s games have had on the industry and society in general. They have created some of gaming’s most popular franchises of all time in Diablo, Starcraft, Overwatch, and the Warcraft universe.
Their 30th-anniversary celebration will sadly take place behind closed doors, and the two-day spectacular – referred to as BlizzConline – is expected to celebrate all things Blizzard. One of the most anticipated aspects of the event is hopefully the reveal of more Overwatch 2 details.
New Overwatch 2 expected to be announced
Even Blizzard couldn’t have expected the universally positive reception that Overwatch was going to receive. The game is heading into its sixth year, and the legacy it’s already accumulated is remarkable.
Blizzard has already confirmed that Overwatch 2 is not releasing in 2021, but the event is expected to release some new information on the game. We already know it’s expected to feature some new PvE content, and hopefully, they will expand upon this by letting us know how the game is progressing.
How to watch BlizzCon 2021
The current climate is making it difficult to host public events for many places around the world, and BlizzCon is no different. 2021’s event is a special one as it marks the company’s 30th anniversary, and you’ll be able to follow all of the company’s planned events online.
Here’s how you can watch everything and what will be on:
- You can head to either the BlizzConline website or watch the coverage on YouTube or Twitch
- There will be a choice of six channels of content so you can choose which media you want to watch
- It will feature a variety of events and pretaped content to replicate the feeling of BlizzCon
- They will explore Blizzard games and sit down with developers to discuss the making of their games
BlizzCon 2021 start times
BlizzCon Day one
Here’s what the official website says about the first day’s activities:
“Day 1 will kick off at 2 p.m. PST on Friday, February 19, with an opening segment that includes a first look at some of the latest game content the development teams have been working on.
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Then for the next three-plus hours, you’ll have the option to tune in to one of the six different themed channels, so you can decide whether you want to sample a little bit of everything or dig deeper into the games you’re interested in most.”
BlizzCon Day two
Here’s what the official website says about day two:
“Day 2 will pick back up at 12 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 20, with multiple channels once again, until the fun wraps up later that afternoon.
Throughout this second day, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the global Blizzard community, including the winners and outstanding entries in the Community Showcase contests and exhibitions.”
If you’re unable to catch any of the two days, or you end up missing out on your favorite bits, then don’t worry as the footage will be saved in the BlizzConline video archives.
Blizzard will announce more specific details about the event closer to the time.
Image credits: Blizzard
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