Blizzard announces Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4

Overwatch 2

The sold-out BlizzCon is happening this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and it’s already gaining protesters supporting Hong Kong and Hearthstone pro-player Blitzchung. The player was banned by Blizzard because he supported pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong during an interview. With the controversy building up, Blizzard continued on by announcing new games including Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV.

Overwatch 2 will be bringing players into the story as the heroes come together to fight against the global Null Sector attack. The heroes can be leveled up, and you can customize them with supercharged abilities. In addition to the PvP matches with new heroes and maps, there will be cooperative Hero Missions.

Synopsis: In Overwatch 2, players will take on the roles of the world’s heroes in cooperative missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe. Players will also battle each other in the next evolution of competitive Overwatch play, which carries forward existing players’ accomplishments and loot collections and features the current complete Overwatch roster, a new generation of heroes, new internationally recognizable maps that widen the scope of the world, a new Push map type, and more.

“With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to telling the next chapter of this epic story in-game, and we’re excited to give players a whole-new kind of co-op experience built around progressing and customizing their favorite heroes—all while providing even more of everything they love about Overwatch today.”

Overwatch didn’t really have a story since it’s focused on the online PvP matches. To learn about the story, players had to read comics or watch the short animated films. With Overwatch 2, the cooperative Story Missions will feature a global crisis where 4 players will have to battle the omnic forces of Null Sector.

Hero Missions will be a replayable mode where the Overwatch team will travel across the planet to defend cities, eliminate Talon agents, and battle other threats. Heroes can level up and players can earn new options to supercharge their abilities; for example, Reinhardt’s Fire Strike can be altered to ignite enemies up close, or Tracer’s Pulse Bomb can be changed to deal a destructive chain reaction.

Overwatch 2 will have significant engine upgrades and visual enhancements.

Of course, the main mode is the 6v6 mode, and the sequel will carry over all the original game’s heroes, maps, and modes. They will be joined by new heroes, maps, and a new Push map type. To add icing on the cake, Overwatch players will be able to play with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer, including being able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps.

Diablo will be back with Diablo IV, the next game in the franchise with promises of having the most expansive and intense vision of the world of Sanctuary. Those who attend BlizzCon 2019 will have the chance to play a demo of the game.

Diablo IV will feature combat, monsters, loot, endless playability and progression. There’s also a lifetime’s worth of adventure thanks to randomized dungeons. Players will have opportunities to meet other players in the same shared world.

“Sanctuary has been a home to Diablo players for more than 20 years, and it’s with our own deep passion for the series and a deep appreciation of the community that we announce Diablo IV today,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re excited to be returning to the dark, quintessential Diablogameplay that players love while expanding the world and story in new ways, and we can’t wait for more people to be able to experience it.”

Synopsis: In Diablo IV, players will attempt to bring hope back to the world by vanquishing evil in all its vile incarnations—from cannibalistic demon-worshipping cultists to the all-new drowned undead that emerge from the coastlines to drag their victims to a watery grave. For the first time in the series, Sanctuary will be a contiguous, seamless landmass comprising diverse regions ranging from the burning desert of Kejhistan, to the verdant werewolf-infested forests of Scosglen, to the harsh and rugged wilderness of the Dry Steppes.

Additionally, the character classes have been announced, and they are all playable during the show:

  • The Barbarian, known for their unparalleled strength and brutal melee combat, utilizes a new and more powerful system in battle, Arsenal, which arms them with the ability to carry and rapidly switch between four different weapons at a time by assigning them to individual attacks.
  • The Sorceress hearkens back to their Diablo II roots and shapes the elements to obliterate their foes by impaling them upon jagged spikes of ice, electrocuting them with bolts of lightning, or raining flaming meteors from the sky.
  • The Druid is a savage shapeshifter whose updated playstyle empowers them to fluidly transform between werewolf, werebear, and human form to unleash the raw power of nature’s fury on the forces of the Burning Hells.

Diablo IV will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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