Blizzard‘s game has a new boss, which is why the sequel might be taking a slightly different approach.
Previously, Jeff Kaplan was the director of the Overwatch IP (while he also was a vice president of Blizzard Entertainment), and about two weeks ago, he announced his departure after spending 19 years there. He also announced then that Aaron Keller will take over at the helm of Overwatch, and GameSpot interviewed him.
„I think for me, Overwatch 2… there are two halves to it, and I know we’ve spent a lot of time talking about what the PvE side of the game is with our hero missions and our campaign and the progression system that drives all of it. But the other side of the game is just as important, if not more important, and that’s the PvP side of the game.
We have 60 million players that love that side of the game and are attached to that side of the game. We know, going forward, we have to make the next best version of a team-based shooter. So to me, yes there is this PvE side of Overwatch 2 but I am very focused on the PvP side of the game and I want to make that as compelling as we possibly can,” Keller said.
He also confirmed that Kaplan’s departure has left a „Jeff-shaped hole” in the team, but not much has changed aside from that: „The Overwatch team is still comprised of the same incredibly talented people that have built the original game and have continued to bring it forward,” he said. That sounds reasonable.
Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV were confirmed in February to not launch in 2021 (we might have discussed this in early February). Overwatch 2 is this likely to drop in 2022 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, but at this rate, we wouldn’t rule out the inclusion of the PlayStation 5/Xbox Series trio either.