Overwatch 2: The Redemption of Overwatch?

One of the available character skins with a BattlePass subscription.

Overwatch, the highly acclaimed first-person multiplayer shooter game from Blizzard Entertainment, has captured the hearts of audiences with its initial release on May 24th, 2016. At the time, Overwatch’s smooth gameplay interface, online multiplayer format, and its in-depth lore that accompanied its varied cast of characters were some of the top qualities that kept both fans and critics praising the game. But, there was something crucial missing from the game: an actual story mode. The only way that Overwatch could be experienced was through the multiplayer 6v6 format and several arcade mini games. There was much leaving much to be desired from a game that had a $40-$60 price tag to experience the game. While many criticized the Overwatch team for releasing an “incomplete” game, players were hopeful due to the regular updates and seasonal events, sparking hope that a story mode would be added onto the game at a later date. And so they waited.

And waited.

No signs of improvement on the game left players disillusioned. Overall game updates became less frequent, new character additions made the game imbalanced, and there were no signs of a story mode being worked on. Overwatch struggled to survive the exodus of players who fled to competing titles such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PUBG. In 2022, Overwatch is struggling to stay relevant with its ever-shrinking fanbase, stale content, and controversial gaming mechanics added over the years. Will Overwatch 2 be its redemption?

Originally announced on November 19th, 2019, Overwatch 2 aimed to draw players back into the fanbase as it promised a solo story mode for their characters, new additions to their cast of characters, and for PvE gameplay (player vs enemy/environment), rather than competing against a separate online team. Coupled with that Overwatch 2 would be free-to-play, the Overwatch team expected fans to flock back and await its release. However, a large number of fans were skeptical of the game living up to its marketed expectations.

Overwatch 2, while free-to-play, incorporates a BattlePass that players would need to access additional features that would be released after the initial launch. The formatting of the game will be 5v5 instead of 6v6 as its predecessor. And, probably the most damning, is that there is no official story mode for the game. There have been talks that the game will have a story mode added in the future, but no one’s holding their breath.

Among the criticism and skepticism that had brewed around the game, die-hard fans are holding onto the hope that Overwatch 2 will revitalize the franchise and bring awaited change to the once-beloved game.

Overwatch 2 is now available on all available consoles for play. Check back in for an in-depth review of the game! And make sure to leave a comment if you’re playing OW2!