It's a sequel with all new maps, heroes and modes, including player-versus-environment modes and a new player-versus-player mode called "Push".
Kaplan went out of his way to highlight the fact that Overwatch 2 will come with "a ton of PvE content", including story missions that will take place all over the world. The new installment will still, of course, contain the team versus team six-on-six competitive experience, but will also add a new "core competitive game mode" dubbed "Push". "We will have complete story missions", said game director Jeff Kaplan.
A new gameplay showed off Diablo IV in action, giving players a first look at the isometric, bloody and dark gameplay the series has been known for. Overwatch 2 is wholly additive to the unique Overwatch expertise. These changes are especially noticeable if you look at each character's hair in the before-and-after section of Overwatch 2's website. Though details are light, this promises to be a great deal of fun. The current heroes will have new character models, and Blizzard is refreshing the user interface too. You can expect more maps, including ones set in Rio de Janeiro, Gothenburg and Monte Carlo. As escalating crises break out around the world, encounter an ever-changing array of scenarios with a range of diverse and risky enemies.
New Factions Arise - It's up to you and your friends to stop Null Sector, the elite forces of Talon, and other enemies of Overwatch from carrying out their plans. Like previous titles, deep customization will be available for players to create their own unique builds.
Catch up on the Overwatch story here. Kaplan did not officially confirm Echo as a playable hero in Overwatch 2, but she was featured in the recap video before the cinematic trailer and also swoops in to save the day in the trailer itself.
Only time will tell, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as more information comes to light.
Watch the announcement trailers below.