Throughout a developer livestream right now, Blizzard revealed its roadmap for the approaching months. The roadmap, which was introduced by sport director Aaron Keller and government producer Jared Neuss, particulars what’s coming throughout Season 5, 6, 7, and past. Along with PvP updates, the Overwatch 2 builders additionally gave us an concept of when to anticipate the long-awaited PvE expertise that was introduced alongside the sport in 2019.
“As work slowly continued on Overwatch 2, we started to drag increasingly of our focus and vitality away from the stay sport and all the those that have been taking part in it,” Keller mentioned on the stream. “We had those that have been excited to be taking part in that sport, they usually simply wished extra of it. So, we had a troublesome option to make: We may proceed engaged on our authentic imaginative and prescient for Overwatch 2 with out a definitive finish date in sight or change our technique and get one thing in entrance of gamers sooner. We selected the latter, and we launched Overwatch 2 final October with new heroes, new maps, new modes, and common seasonal updates. However greater than that, we shifted our values for the way we would like to develop the sport. Now not would we retailer content material up for actually large releases and depart the sport kind of languishing on the aspect. Now, we made the dedication to at all times prioritize the stay sport and all the individuals taking part in it and to dedicate our growth efforts there.”
Season 5, which has the theme of “Mischief and Magic,” is presently set to kick off on June 13. This fifth season of the live-service shooter brings occasions and modes, together with a brand new limited-time occasion referred to as Questwatch, in addition to the return of the Summer time Video games occasion. The roadmap additionally guarantees a cinematic reveal, a 5v5 mini comp season, the Creator Workshop mode, and the return of the On Fireplace mechanic that was current in Overwatch.
Season 6, which is ready for later this summer time, is heralded by Blizzard as the one largest drop of latest gameplay launched at one time since Overwatch 2 launched in October of final yr. Season 6 guarantees a brand new help hero, Flashpoint, Hero Mastery, a Firing Vary, a participant development system, and the annual Overwatch anniversary occasion. Maybe most significantly, Season 6 provides gamers the PvE content material that was introduced again in 2019, as Story Missions arrive as a part of Season 6. Sadly, the Hero Missions PvE mode has been lower from the group’s plans.
“Growth on the PvE expertise actually hasn’t made the progress that we might have hoped,” Neuss mentioned on the stream. “The group has created a bunch of wonderful content material. So, there’s superior missions which can be actually thrilling, there’s model new enemies which can be tremendous enjoyable to struggle, and a few really nice and ridiculous hero skills. However sadly, the trouble required to drag all of that collectively to a Blizzard-quality expertise that we will ship to you is big, and there actually is not any finish in sight or outlined sort of finish date the place we will put that out into the world. And so, we’re left with one other troublesome alternative: Can we proceed to pour all that effort into PvE, hoping that we will land it in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later or will we persist with this set of values that we have aligned on and give attention to the stay sport and give attention to serving all of you? With every thing we have realized about what it takes to function this sport on the degree that you just deserve, it is clear that we will not ship on that authentic imaginative and prescient for PvE that was proven in 2019. What which means is that we can’t be delivering that devoted Hero Mode with expertise bushes, that long-term energy development … these issues simply aren’t in our plans anymore.”
Lastly, we realized what gamers can anticipate from Season 7 and past, which features a new tank hero, reworks of longtime heroes Roadhog and Sombra, a brand new Management map, a brand new winter occasion, new Hero Mastery missions in multiplayer, cinematic debuts, the return of fan-favorite modes and Aggressive Mastery heroes, a brand new limited-time collaboration occasion mode, and a brand new lore codex.
Overwatch 2 launched on October 4, 2022. Whereas the preliminary response was optimistic (learn our overview right here), the method to supporting the sport and the season cross construction has deterred many gamers from maintaining with the title.