Overwatch 2 to Explore Some Undiscovered Territory in the Overwatch Universe
When Overwatch 2 was first announced there were quite a few skeptics about the idea of a sequel. That said, one thing that’s been clear from the beginning is that there is a ton of excitement about the game’s story content. Luckily, Blizzard’s Michael Chu and Aaron Keller had a lot to say about it in a new interview.
In a brand new interview with the PlayStation Blog Overwatch 2’s assistant director Aaron Keller and lead writer Michael Chu spoke a little bit about the sequel’s story. In fact, despite the first game in the franchise being a purely multiplayer experience, the Overwatch universe is rich with storytelling material.
Chu stated, “We have always considered Overwatch as a universe that we want to tell stories in. Overwatch (the game) was the first expression of this universe, but we have been experimenting with PvE in the annual Archives events, and have certainly heard from the community that it’s something that they are interested in.” He continued, “With story missions in Overwatch 2, we have the opportunity to make good on this, and explore the Overwatch universe in new ways. We like to call the story a Story Experience. It’s not quite a single-player campaign in that you will be playing the story alongside three other players in co-op. Players will experience the story together with their friends.”
Up until now the story has been explored through the use of character trailers, comics, and cinematics. According to Chu Overwatch 2 is going to have a lot more to offer than these. “There are two things that immediately come to mind. With story missions, we’ll have a more traditional way to tell a story in the Overwatch universe: a complete story with beginning, middle, and end. In addition, we’ve finally moved the story forward after Winston’s recall, and we hope to continue to push events into the future in the stories to come.”
Keller also weighed in on the unexplored story that the sequel is set to bring. “Overwatch 2 also gives us the opportunity on the tech side to tell more story. The maps are almost 2X larger than regular Overwatch maps. They’ve also got way more advanced technology to show dynamic weather, lightning, explosions, and more. We like to say that our maps are almost another character in helping with Overwatch 2 storytelling. Each Story Mission will come with an intro cinematic and outro cinematic as well. We’ve partnered with our teammates in the Story and Franchise team to help build out many cinematics for story missions, which we think will be a major treat for our players.”
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