5 things to know from Blizzard’s Overwatch 2 Reddit AMAMA

Blizzard Entertainment developers went to reddit on Wednesdays to answer questions from the community about Overwatch 2the free-to-play semi-sequel to the hero shooter that is launch in Octoberoverwatch 2 developers, including game director Aaron Keller, answered some burning questions about Blizzard’s next game, such as what will happen to your existing credits and unopened loot boxes in overwatch – but left some questions unanswered.

Here are five things you should know: Overwatch 2especially if you are an existing one overwatch player.

What will happen to your existing one? overwatch currency and loot boxes?

The short answer is that all of your unspent currency will be transferred to: Overwatch 2, and all your unopened loot boxes will automatically open for you in October. What is unclear is what you can spend the old one overwatch currency, if you have already unlocked all the cosmetic items from the original game.

“We will provide a more detailed explanation of all these topics before Overwatch 2 going live in October,” Jon Spector, commercial leader and vice president of Overwatch, said on Reddit† “However, just to give you a quick answer now, those existing currencies (credits, OWL tokens, and competitive points) go with you to Overwatch 2† We don’t transfer loot boxes in Overwatch 2and prior to launch, any unopened loot boxes will automatically open, with your account receiving all content directly.”

Spector later clarified that “OW1 credits go with you to OW2but our new virtual currency will be the main currency, and there will be things in OW2 that won’t be for sale with that one OW1 credits.”

What has the Overwatch team been up to over the past three years?

When Overwatch 2 launching in early access in October, players will gain access to three new heroes (Sojourn, Junker Queenand an unannounced support character), a variety of hero edits, six new maps, a new game mode called Push, a ton of new cosmetics and the game’s first battle pass† That launch content has spurred some diehards overwatch players to ask, “Is that it?” After all, it’s been nearly three years since Blizzard announced Overwatch 2 and more than two years since the game’s newest hero, Echo, was added to the roster.

Junker Queen sprints in a screenshot of Overwatch 2

Image: Blizzard Entertainment

This is the game director Aaron Keller had to say when asked about the unexpectedly slight number of new heroes on the first day:

“For the context, the development of Overwatch 2 was initially split between the PvE and PvP sides of the game, and the way it was planned was to get most parts of the game finished once the game was ready to ship,” Keller said. , there is no secret vault of completed heroes and other content that we keep for future seasons, as we continued to iterate on the PvE side of the game, it meant that the schedule for PvP content and features got longer. of PvE like the enemy units or hero talents use the same resources in the team as heroes, for us it is more important to send content as soon as possible rather than hold the release of the game to create more heroes this is also the reason why we’re so excited to start using F2P and releasing content on a seasonal basis, which is to release content when it’s ready rather than holding it and putting it in a box.

“In order to make our new plan a success in the long term, we have expanded and restructured the team. We are more than three times the size at launch. We have big plans for the game, in addition to new heroes, maps and game modes, and realizing them while still creating content for our seasons will require a lot of resources and a lot of planning. For example, we have several heroes that are in deep development. The Season 2 hero is almost ready and we are in various stages of playtesting for the next 3 heroes, 2 of which are supports!”

An image showing the Overwatch 2 game overview and seasons 1 and 2, as well as future seasons with content.

Overwatch 2’s current content roadmap for 2022-2023
Image: Blizzard Entertainment

OK, so what’s going on? Overwatch 2 PvE missions?

While overwatch was strictly a multiplayer game, the sequel will bring single-player and cooperative story-driven, mission-based content. Blizzard’s plan is to launch the PvE side of Overwatch 2 sometime in 2023, and the developer didn’t share much about the other half of the game during its Reddit AMA.

However, Keller noted that: Overwatch 2 will launch in “early access” to “signify that this is just the start of a lot of new things coming to the game”, and that the PvE campaign will be released as part of Blizzard’s live service approach.

“We’re not ready to talk about our PoR plans yet, but it’s very important for us to make sure people understand the knowledge and commitment,” said Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie, lead designer and story writer about Overwatch 2† “We’re working on new bios and have other extremely cool plans that will surprise even long-term lore fans.”

Gavin Winter, system designer for Overwatch 2also hinted that certain technology developed for the game’s PvE campaign component could help replace Assault-style cards in Overwatch 2, which subsequently disappear. (In case you haven’t been keeping track, cards like Hanamura, Temple of Anubis and other “2CP” cards can’t be played in the core game modes in Overwatch 2with Blizzard citing players’ dissatisfaction with Assault cards.)

Overwatch 2, feat.  Tracer, Mercy, Reinhardt, Lucio and Mei

Image: Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard is looking for guilds for Overwatch 2

Overwatch, as it is, isn’t a particularly social game. But that may be about to change.

“We want to add more social systems to Overwatch 2and a guild system is at the top of the list for us,” Keller said:† “A position like this is a great opportunity and something we’re really excited about, but it’s a huge improvement, not just for large parts of our team, but for several other departments at Blizzard. We’ve put a lot of work into this feature, but it’s too early to talk about details or when it will come out.”

Keller added that the Overwatch team is “starting to dig into” in-game tournaments for the sequel.

More existing heroes change, existing Assault maps don’t

Overwatch heroes Moira, Symmetra and Brigitte will all see changes during Overwatch 2the upcoming beta and when the game goes live. Moira is not specified”additional utility” during the beta. Symmetra’s don’t-call-it-a-rework will “improve her mobility and allow her to better respond to 5v5’s faster pace [team compositions]† senior hero designer Josh Noh said:† Symmetra players can expect a shorter build time for teleporters and a higher secondary fire projectile speed. Brigitte gets a unspecified change to her Ultimate when Overwatch 2 launches.

Blizzard also clarified that the Assault map Hanamura is not currently being reworked into a Payload map, despite where a prototype menu screen for Overwatch 2 show last week. “To convert [Assault] maps to load would be a huge effort and it’s not something we’ve undertaken,” winter said:

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