Overwatch 2’s PvE hero mode has been canceled

by Danny Craig  · 
Overwatch 2’s PvE hero mode has been canceled
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Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the highly anticipated PvE mode for Overwatch 2 (OW2) has now been scrapped, with the decision being made for the "good of the game."

The details:

  • The game's executive producer, Jared Neuss, announced in the latest OW2 dev chat livestream that the PvE hero mode is no longer in the team's plans. "The effort required to pull all of that together into a Blizzard-quality experience that we can ship to you is huge," Neuss continued, "and there really is no end in sight or defined kind of end date where we can put that out into the world." He went on to say that "it's clear that we can't deliver on that original vision for PvE that was shown in 2019" and that the game will not be "delivering that dedicated hero mode with talent trees, that long-term talent power progression" at any point in the future.
  • As expected, a number of fans are outraged by the decision, pointing out that PvE was reportedly the sole reason for the sequel in the first place, as the original engine was said to be incapable of producing the level of PvE content that Blizzard desired. Many people believe that the sequel's release is nothing more than a way for the company to shift its monetization strategy to a free-to-play title with a battle pass and microtransactions rather than its original buy-to-play model.
  • During the initial reveal, Hero mode was announced as a core component of OW2 and was set to include a progression system with new abilities and a new story. According to the new roadmap, the team still intends to add some narrative content and further progression to the game, though it's unclear if this is related to the canceled mode. OW2 will now be primarily focused on PvP, with the updated roadmap teasing a new hero and several events centered on the more competitive modes.

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