Overwatch now has new maps and a 5v5 multiplayer mode.
Blizzard conducted an online Overwatch stream for two hours to show off the much-awaited sequel of Overwatch. It was a comprehensive stream, apart from the lack of release date announcement. Read more for some relevant information gathered from the stream.
Who gets removed from the team?
Chief among the content of the live stream is the change of the game’s history. From its default six-on-six multiplayer mode matches, Overwatch will shift to only having five-on-five matches. Thus, the role queuing system translates to removing one of the team’s tanks. Cutting out a tank means the team will have two DPS, two supports, and only one tank character instead of two.
Blizzard explains that the reason behind these changes is to simplify and increase the combat and meta of Overwatch. In the previous version, where two tanks play a role, the teams are inflexible because of the tank-centric plays like shield mechanics utilization from Orisa and Reinhardt.
Overwatch 2 Tank
In Overwatch 2, the tank characters will become more powerful to compensate for removing the second tack. For instance, Reinhardt will have two Firestrike attacks. Meanwhile, the Tesla coil cannon of Winston will have a long-range alt-fire mode.
The goal of Blizzard is to transform the combat system of Overwatch from being so dependent on tanks. Other characters tend to hide behind the tank or rely on their healing, giving them the outrageous role to protect the whole team. The tanks are mainstream guards– aggressive characters flank, spread out, and focus on the team’s objectives rather than keeping them alive. Hence, removing one tank from the team results in having more competent players who will think logically to win and protect their co-team members. Blizzard predicts that they will be more careful and thoughtful of the maps, strategies, coverings, and flexible flanking angles instead of impulsively going offensive. Truly, it is a significant change, and Blizzard strongly believes that this approach will keep things fresh.
The live stream also revealed new Overwatch 2 features, such as the cleaner UI for the sequel. With this, it will be easier for the supports to track their comrades they are healing. Additionally, there are new character designs and planned tweaks for character abilities.
Furthermore, the game publisher presented new maps for the sequel. New maps include New York’s futuristic Grand Central Station, Monte Carlo’s winding racetrack, and Rio’s nightclub. The Toronto map was improved, too.
The launching of the sequel is not yet given, but Blizzard confirms that it will be released by 2022.
Overwatch is among the well-played FPS games produced by a famous gaming company, Blizzard. With these changes, we hope that players will still love and enjoy it. In the meantime, play Overwatch on your PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.