Overwatch 2’s launch date is all to play for, says Jeff Kaplan

Overwatch 2’s launch date is all to play for, says Jeff Kaplan
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Blizzard hasn’t got a release window in mind for Overwatch 2 as it is waiting until the game is totally ready before announcing when it will come out and for which platforms (via VG247).

Speaking to VG247, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan explained that Overwatch 2 doesn’t have a launch date because it is still very much in development. ‘I know it’s a lame answer, I’m super sorry, and it’s not like this top-secret thing that the last thing we want to tell players. It’s just that we don’t know,’ he elaborated.

‘What’s important to us at Blizzard, on all our games, is that the game is awesome and the players are like “Yes, this is ready and now’s the time.” I don’t have a date, It’s not this year, that’s a pretty safe answer,’ Kaplan added. He then mentioned that Overwatch 2 would likely pop up once again at BlizzCon 2020.

Moreover, Kaplan tempered expectations on the rate and scale of new content coming to the sequel. ‘In terms of character, there will be multiple,’ he said. ‘It’s not going to be like Overwatch where there will be 21 – that’s excessive and would be extremely disruptive to the game. But we want it to be big and impactful, so there’s going to be multiple heroes.’ Sojourn is a new hero in Overwatch 2, and she is the first playable black female character in the series. 

Blizzard has pledged to continue its support for the original Overwatch community, so we could expect the developer to begin a trail of breadcrumbs for the sequel’s story mode in new updates and cinematics. In addition, original Overwatch players will be able to jump into the PvP Push mode in Overwatch 2 and their 'accomplishments and loot collections’ will transfer to the new game too.