When Overwatch 2 was introduced in 2019, entrance and heart in Blizzard’s promotion have been a brand new marketing campaign mode and co-op hero missions designed to be replayable. Then Overwatch 2 bought delayed a number of instances, Blizzard stopped speaking in regards to the PvE mode, and finally determined to solely launch Overwatch 2’s new PvP stuff and fear about PvE later.

Later has lastly come, and it is largely dangerous information. Blizzard introduced in a midseason livestream as we speak that the initially deliberate “hero missions” that’d function co-op, long-term development, and expertise timber have been cancelled.

“Progress on the PvE expertise hasn’t made the progress that we’d hope,” stated government producer Jared Neuss.

Game director Aaron Keller says the choice got here all the way down to a “troublesome alternative” the workforce needed to make: Preserve engaged on a PvE mode whose growth had “no finish in sight” or scale down Overwatch 2’s PvE focus.

“With all the things we have realized about what it takes to function this game on the stage you deserve, it is clear that we won’t ship on the unique imaginative and prescient for PvE that was proven in 2019,” Neuss stated in as we speak’s stream.

“What meaning is we can’t be delivering that devoted hero mode with expertise timber, that long-term energy development. These issues simply aren’t in our plans anymore.”

Blizzard had proven off the now-cancelled hero missions on a number of events within the leadup to Overwatch 2. A dev log video from 2021 showcased a number of hero missions in motion, together with new enemy sorts and areas on present multiplayer maps. 

Now these are all apparently gone, and what Blizzard plans to launch as a substitute are standalone story missions that function cinematics and can “push the narrative arc of Overwatch ahead for the primary time because the unique game launch.” It isn’t clear if these missions may have co-op or in the event that they’re designed to be replayed.

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The primary chunk of story missions are coming in Season 6, which is anticipated to start out in August. That is in accordance with Blizzard’s up to date Overwatch 2 roadmap, which additionally contains plans for a brand new help hero in Season 6 and a limited-time occasion known as “Questwatch” arriving sooner in Season 5. Additionally on the docket for Season 6 are “Hero Mastery” missions, which Keller described as singleplayer motion/aiming time trials designed round particular heroes. 

The roadmap additionally covers Season 7 (which will not start till late Fall): a brand new tank hero, management map, collaboration occasion (this time with its personal mode), and reworks for each Roadhog and Sombra.