Overwatch 2 Update Announced for BlizzCon Online In February

If you’re eagerly anticipating Overwatch 2 you’re only going to have to wait a few more months as Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan confirmed an Overwatch 2 update is scheduled for BlizzCon Online in February.

In a quick, new developer update Kaplan confirmed that Overwatch fans will learn more about the upcoming sequel at BlizzCon Online which takes place on February 19th-20th. The two-day event is an all-digital replacement for the company’s annual BlizzCon, which is typically a live fan event in Anaheim, California.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blizzard announced that it will skip its physical event in 2020, and host an all-digital alternative in 2021. Other conventions such as GDC and PAX also moved online this year as a result of the pandemic.

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Overwatch 2 is a sequel to Blizzard’s competitive PvP shooter that will expand the lore and universe with a story-focused PvE mode. There will also be new competitive maps, modes, and heroes, but these additions will also be coming to the first Overwatch for free.

The rest of Kaplan’s developer update is focused on a new free-for-all deathmatch map called Kanezaka. Based on a Japanese location, Kanezaka is a free map currently available for testing on the PTR. Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland 2020 event is also ongoing and will last until January 5.

Read IGN’s Overwatch 2 hands-on preview here.

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Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.

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