Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Overwatch 2: New PvP changes, Monte Carlo maps and everything announced in the new live broadcast


Today, Blizzard hosted a new “Overwatch 2” live broadcast, which contains many new details about the upcoming sequel.

Although the biggest news can be said to have changed the composition of the PvP team, there are many other new details. Here are some of the biggest details we learned from today’s Overwatch 2 stream.

The Overwatch 2 PvP team will be 5v5 instead of 6v6

As previously reported, Blizzard announced that “Overwatch 2” will introduce a 5-member PvP team, while the 6-member team introduced in the first batch of “Overwatch” will be reduced. In addition to the smaller team size, the tanks will also be adjusted to make them more like fighters in battle rather than fixed shields.In addition, each class will acquire new passive abilities to supplement their abilities. When the tank is damaged by the enemy, it will reduce the knockback and reduce the final charge; the damaged hero will get a movement speed bonus, and if the supporters are not damaged for a long time, they will heal themselves.

“Overwatch 2”-new Monte Carlo map revealed

Blizzard also revealed a new map called “Monte Carlo” in today’s live broadcast. Based on luxury resorts, the fictional Monte Carlo is very similar to reality in real life, where beautiful buildings sit on steep hills. It is still a very luxurious destination, but considering the futuristic transformation of Overwatch.

Raid will be removed from competitive matches

Assault is a mode in which the offensive and defensive teams compete for controversial capture points on the map. The offensive team will have a certain amount of time to take control, while the defensive team must stop them, and both teams will be closed.

Although “Assault” can still be used in “Custom”, it will be removed from “Quick Play”, which is similar in design to “Competition”.

Blizzard is developing a push map for more than just Toronto

Push is an upcoming game mode in which both teams will use a robot for a tug-of-war game, and the robot will be pushed in the direction of the lost team. Blizzard has revealed that in addition to the upcoming Toronto map, Blizzard is still developing more Push maps.

During the live broadcast, Blizzard revealed that Rome will be a Push map.

“Overwatch 2”-Blizzard is also trying to go beyond the new model of push

As part of the discussion about deleting the “assault” game mode, Blizzard explained that in addition to “pushing” the game, it is constantly experimenting with new game modes. There is no final conclusion about the appearance of these maps, but Blizzard is looking for ways to fill the gap left by the commando while also providing players with more options.

Keller hinted that there is at least one new game mode, and he is happy to be able to talk about it soon.

Overwatch 2-not all maps are bound to story mode

Blizzard has shown new maps such as New York, Toronto, Rome and Monte Carlo. But Blizzard said that in addition to the first four maps, more maps are in the works.

Blizzard also said that these maps are not necessarily the locations that appear in the story mode, and some maps may be designed for themselves.

Overwatch 2-gameplay and design changes

  • “Overwatch 2” will update the HUD and have an improved UI.
  • The healer interface now displays the portrait of the hero you are healing.
  • Better sound system, animation and feedback will make the weapon more visceral.
  • “Overwatch 2” will continue to add new Hero 2.0 appearances, which are updated designs for each hero in the roster.
  • Various roles have been redone.
  • Zarya now has two charges against her bubble.
  • In “Overwatch” 2, the hero’s acceleration is slightly slowed down.
  • Over-health and over-protection will be combined into one bar graph.
  • Blizzard is considering improving the crowd control mechanism, but this is still in progress.
  • Deputy art director Dion Rogers mocked some cosmetic customization.

Tribute to Jeff Kaplan

caught Polygon, The map of New York in “Overwatch 2” pays tribute to the former director of “Overwatch” Jeff Kaplan (Jeff Kaplan). A keen-eyed audience will find that there is a store called Jephs Corner Pizza in New York.

“Jeph” refers to a 2017 tweet about the new Starbucks opened at Blizzard’s Irvine California campus, where the barista mistakenly spelled Jeff Kaplan’s name as “Jeph.”

For more information, check out IGN’s past “Overwatch 2” report, which includes 55 details disclosed during BlizzConline, and our large interview with former “Overwatch” director Jeff Kaplan.

Matt TM Kim is the news editor of IGN.