Update: At the BlizzCon Overwatch panel, Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Overwatch 2 will be released for the PC via Battle.net, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
It's time, folks: Game director Jeff Kaplan just announced Overwatch 2, a sequel that's also described as having a "shared multiplayer environment" with the original. The BlizzCon 2019 opening ceremony featured a lore-heavy trailer for Overwatch 2, centered on Winston reforming the Overwatch team for a massive battle in Paris.
New to Overwatch 2 is PvE story content that pits squads of heroes against Null Sector attackers. The first mission of the story content, featured at BlizzCon, takes place in Rio de Janeiro.
New Hero missions will also feature a leveling mechanic for the game's roster, glimpsed briefly via a new skill-tree screen for Tracer.
Overwatch 2 will also see the addition of new competitive maps (including Overwatch's first Canadian map, set in Toronto), a new core PvP gamemode called "Push," and more. An upcoming addition to Overwatch's hero roster, Sojourn, was briefly featured in the sizzle reel premiered after the cinematic trailer.
In June, rumblings of a follow-up to Overwatch surfaced with a report on Blizzard canceling a StarCraft FPS project. Earlier this week, a new report with details on Overwatch 2 surfaced, giving away much of the details on the PvE mode and new maps.
Kaplan joked about the leaks on stage before debuting the cinematic trailer. "If you want to know how game developers feel about leaks," said Kaplan, "the WoW team made a cinematic called Shadowlands. Picture my face, where Sylvanas' was, and instead of that [broken Lich King] helmet, it was my cellphone."
Kaplan also stressed that Overwatch players will be able to play with Overwatch 2 players, and that all cosmetics earned in the original will roll forward to the sequel. We'll likely learn more about how that all works from the Overwatch panel scheduled for later this weekend at BlizzCon.