Blizzard initially promised to introduce PvE features like Story Missions and Hero missions in Overwatch 2, but these were not included in the game’s launch. However, Blizzard has now decided to cancel the PvE Hero Mode due to their inability to deliver the expected “Blizzard-quality” experience.
During a live stream, Game Director Aaron Keller and Executive Producer Jared Neuss explained that although the team had created impressive content, the effort required to bring it all together was immense and there was no definite timeline for its completion.
Neuss explains in the video that the development of the PvE experience in Overwatch 2 has not progressed as they had hoped. The team has created impressive content, including exciting missions, new enemies, and unique hero talents. However, the effort required to bring everything together into a high-quality Blizzard experience is enormous, and there is no definite end date in sight.
As a result, Blizzard faced a difficult decision. They had to choose between continuing to invest effort into PvE in the hopes of eventually releasing it, or aligning with their established values and focusing on the live game to better serve the players. Based on their understanding of operating the game at the desired level, it became clear that they couldn’t deliver the original vision for PvE presented in 2019.
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Consequently, they won’t be providing the dedicated Hero Mode with talent trees and long-term power progression as initially planned. Blizzard acknowledges that this news will be disappointing to many, and they wanted to address it before discussing the roadmap. The team has found it challenging, and it has been an emotional journey for those who dedicated themselves to this aspect of the game.
That said, the PvE dream in Overwatch 2 is not completely over. The team is shifting their focus from a major release of a new gameplay style to more frequent and diverse collaborative and story-based events. In the upcoming seasons (5, 6, 7, and beyond) of Overwatch 2, fans can expect new time-limited events, cinematics, heroes, Story Missions, collaborative events, and more. Here’s a summary of the upcoming roadmap for Overwatch 2.