Overwatch 2’s PvE modes explained

Overwatch 2 PvE - Tracer
Overwatch 2 PvE - Tracer

Blizzard’s quintessential hero shooter is finally getting a sequel, with the long-rumoured Overwatch 2. The follow-up to 2016’s worldwide hit has been shrouded in mystery for some time, but the curtain was finally pulled back at Blizzcon, where game director (aka Overwatch daddy) Jeff Kaplan took to the stage to formally announce the title was on the way.

As expected, Overwatch 2 will have plenty of shooting, looting, new maps, and heroes but what has really got fans excited, is the prospect of all-new game modes, most notably a PvE offering.

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Blizzard’s quintessential hero shooter is finally getting a sequel, with the long-rumoured Overwatch 2. The follow-up to 2016’s worldwide hit has been shrouded in mystery for some time, but the curtain was finally pulled back at Blizzcon, where game director (aka Overwatch daddy) Jeff Kaplan took to the stage to formally announce the title was on the way.

As expected, Overwatch 2 will have plenty of shooting, looting, new maps, and heroes but what has really got fans excited, is the prospect of all-new game modes, most notably a PvE offering.

For those behind on their gaming jargon, PvE simply means ‘player vs enemy’, as opposed to ‘player vs player’. This means that in Overwatch 2, players will be teaming up to take down AI-controlled enemies in permanent story-driven missions.

PvE content will come in two modes, Story Missions and Hero Missions. Story Missions are focused experiences that expand on the game’s lore and will feature specific line-ups of heroes, battling through new and familiar locations.

Hero Missions on the other hand are more free-form missions that are designed to be highly replayable. In these missions, you can choose from the entire roster of heroes and you will be able to level up throughout the mission, acquiring Talents as you go. Talents are essentially additional abilities or perks for your heroes, for example, Tracer’s Talents include adaptive reload, which will automatically reload your pistols while using other abilities, and Vortex, which pulls enemies to the point of your recall, causing them to be snared.

The multiplayer will be getting a visual makeover as well as new heroes, maps, and modes. Progression from Story and Hero Missions will not carry over to the PvP modes however, so don’t worry about your opponents having stronger heroes than you.

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