Jeff Kaplan: I Have No Idea When Overwatch 2 Will Launch

Blizzard Entertainment Vice President and Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan has stated that he has “no idea” when Overwatch 2 will launch.

The rather candid answer was given in an interview with PC Gamer. Kaplan also gave more insight into the game. While Push is (as PC Gamer put it) “essentially a payload mode” where players attempt to control a robot to push a barrier to the other team’s side, the game’s story mode is somewhat inspired by battle royale games.

The game’s “item system” has players picking up different items that have different qualities to use during that mission. These items are said to complement different characters and playstyles, and present situations that players could not usually come across in PvP.

Hero Missions are “long term, play-it-forever kind of thing-a bit like Destiny 2 strikes, maybe,” as PC Gamer describes, with different objectives and enemy forces each time. As players have freedom to select the whole roster (unlike story mode), Kaplan stated that he hoped this will encourage players to try out heroes they would not usually play (for example, if they were concerned about lowering their ranking).

Kaplan’s anwser to when Overwatch 2 would release was surprisingly frank. “I don’t know. I have no idea,” Kaplan said. “Like, just let us make it great, that’s what we care about more than anything. We don’t have a date in mind.” He also stated that the development team will most likely “go dark” after BlizzCon 2019 to focus on the game.

Overwatch 2 is “coming soon” to Windows PC.

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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