Overwatch 2: Blizzard wants to update us more often on the game; new tank details

Overwatch 2: Blizzard wants to update us more often on the game; new tank details

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On the occasion of BlizzConline 2021 we are finally back to learn some more information about Overwatch 2, the new and highly anticipated episode of the famous hero shooter.

Blizzard Entertainment's Jeff Kaplan wanted to underline how the development team has the serious intention to update more frequently over the next few months. Evidently, having been dry for some time after the announcement, fans had begun to make their moods felt.

"Our strategy after BlizzConline is to be more communicative. I don't know if I can officially make a commitment to monthly updates on Overwatch 2, but we definitely want to be more communicative. And our plan is not to disappear for a long time. In fact, yesterday we were discussing the opportunity to talk about some interesting things in March or April to keep people up to date and keep people engaged. So it's crucial for us to communicate more. "

As for the new gameplay Overwatch 2 gameplay will offer players, we have some interesting related statements to the Tank class. The game director wants those who choose to play with the various Reinhardt, Orisa and Roadhog to play a more active role in the games, and not limit themselves and keep the shield up:

"Overwatch players will tell you, well , what is the right time for Reinhardt to use the charge? And the answer is ... Don't. And we've all had that feeling playing Overwatch and we watch our Reinhardt as he uploads and we say: no, don't. How do you do it. to get players to use the hammer instead of just lifting the shield? How can we create space for this to be the fun thing to do? " .

Blizzard showed the map of New York and the aesthetic changes of the Overwatch 2 characters. The title still remains unreleased today, but thanks to the latest financial reports from Activision-Blizzard we know for sure that we will have to wait until at least 2022.

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Fifteen months. Fifteen long months. That’s how long Overwatch fans had to wait between the announcement of Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019 and more details about the sequel at BlizzConline. Thankfully, the gap between updates won’t be nearly as long in the future.

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In fairness, game director Jeff Kaplan warned people all the way back in November 2019 that the team was going dark and they wouldn’t have anything to share for a while. From now on, though, you can expect the team to be much more transparent and to provide more regular updates.

There’s no promise that you’ll get a developer update every month in the lead up to the Overwatch 2 release date, whenever that might be. But Kaplan suggested your next look might only be a few weeks away.

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“[We] definitely want to be more communicative. And our plan is not to go dark for an extended period of time,” he told IGN in an interview. “In fact, we were discussing as recently as yesterday the opportunity of there maybe being some cool stuff we could talk about in March or April to keep people updated and to keep people going. So it's very front-and-center in our mind to communicate more.”

That’s great to hear. Given that Overwatch 2 probably won’t arrive for at least a year, knowing that there’ll be more frequent updates about the progress takes a bit of the sting out of the long wait.

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Kaplan touched on several other points in the interview, such as the fact that there’ll “very likely” be at least a closed beta for Overwatch 2, if not an open beta. Cross-platform play remains a possibility if Blizzard can “overcome the hurdles.”

On the subject of the possible changes to the tank role that Blizzard is toying with, Kaplan said the team is considering changing the name of the role from “tank” to “brawler.” That might not happen, but it’s at least being discussed.

There’s also the possibility that you’ll be able to play story missions solo with the help of AI teammates. That’s something I’ve been hoping for, and I’m glad it’s at least on the table.

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