Overwatch has undoubtedly been a global success since its release in 2016. The arcade-style first person shooter has immersed millions around the world, while a steady stream of updates have kept the game fresh.
It is one of the primary games driving the burgeoning Esports industry, and has become something of a cultural phenomenon. High-profile public players such as Elon Musk, Terry Crews and Zedd have only added to its reputation.
These are just a couple of reasons why a sequel is so eagerly anticipated. Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that a follow-up is the works, so here's everything we know about the second instalment in the Overwatch series.
When will Overwatch 2 be released?
Blizzard is remaining remarkably tight-lipped regarding a release date for Overwatch 2. Initial impressions suggest a late 2020 release date, but there's no guarantee the game will be available next year.
This is presumably a tactic to avoid the disappointment of delays, as has been the case with a number of games scheduled for a 2019 release.
What platforms will Overwatch 2 be playable on?
We expect Overwatch 2 to be available on the same platforms as its predecessor - Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
However, the Switch version of the original game was not available until 15 October 2019, so there might be a delay in this version becoming available again.
Latest Overwatch 2 trailers
A full-length, cinematic trailer was released alongside the games unveiling at BlizzCon in November 2019. If you've got 8 minutes to spare, check out the video below:
If you'd prefer something a little more bite-sized, a 3-minute gameplay trailer will give you a good idea of what to expect with the new game:
What can we expect from Overwatch 2?
There's still plenty we don't know about the game, with a potential release date months away.
It is set to move on from the 6v6 team combat where it has made its name, to all PvE (player versus enemy) missions for Overwatch 2. This will work in tandem with the shift to Avengers-style customisation options.
The game will still reward loyal players of the Overwatch 1, with all the new online multiplayer updates coming to both games, These include a new Push mode, where teams fight to control a robot in a tug-of-war style epic.
Accomplishments and loot accrued will also be carried over to the new game, so you won't lose everything you've worked so hard for.
Look out for some new maps too, with Monte Carlo, Gothenburg, Toronto and Rio de Janeiro all reimagined in stunning detail as Blizzard take you on a global tour.
We'll update this page as soon as we know more, but in the meantime check out more of the best upcoming games
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