We're thrilled to announce the return of GamesBeat Next, hosted in San Francisco this October, where we will explore the theme of "Playing the Edge." Apply to speak here and learn more about sponsorship opportunities here. At the event, we will also announce 25 top game startups as the 2024 Game Changers. Apply or nominate today!
Blizzard is making an Overwatch 2, but where does that leave the original game? At BlizzCon 2019 today in Anaheim, California, the publisher revealed that it wants to keep Overwatch up-to-date and fully compatible with its successor.
“Sequels make us nervous,” Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said. “So what we’re hoping to do is redefine what a sequel means.”
Kaplan confirmed that the original Overwatch will get all of the same maps as Overwatch 2. This means that if you only own the original, you can still play the multiplayer matches with people who own the sequel.
But what about the new heroes? Well, Blizzard said those are also going to come to both Overwatch and Overwatch 2.
GamesBeat Next 2023
Join the GamesBeat community in San Francisco this October 24-25. You’ll hear from the brightest minds within the gaming industry on latest developments and their take on the future of gaming.
“It will be a shared multiplayer environment where no one gets left behind,” said Kaplan. “We also want to make sure that all Overwatch cosmetics come forward with you into Overwatch 2. All your progress matters. Nothing is getting left behind.”
The Overwatch director said that the company has worked hard to build a massive community for the game. So it doesn’t want to do anything that would split the community.
So if Overwatch is getting all of Overwatch 2’s competitive multiplayer content, what is special about the sequel? You can read more about that in our story right here. But the short answer is that it has a full narrative experience with a focus on cooperative missions.
GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Discover our Briefings.