Blizzard’s Overwatch released in 2016 and became the mainstay game in the now highly competitive hero shooter genre with competition from Paladins and a few other games that have generally fallen off the radar over time. With its fun, intense and varying gameplay each game, Overwatch garnered the attention of many and now has a respectable eSports league via the Overwatch League. In 2019, Blizzard Entertainment announced that Overwatch 2 would be coming to fans soon and would include a single player campaign as well as changes to the multiplayer mode, maps, heroes and other content. The developers hosted a two hour stream to showcase the latest updates and improvements to Overwatch 2. Notwithstanding the introduction of maps and a major multiplayer change, the team did not indicate the expected release date for Overwatch 2.
The biggest change, that has caught many by surprise and has been a major point of discussion, is that the sequel will shift the PVP game modes to 5v5 which essentially means that there would be one tank, two DPS and two support characters. The off-tank character has now been removed. This is a fundamental change and many are both interested and apprehensive in how the meta and gameplay will be affected. The developers indicated that the change was made based on the shielding mechanics from some of the tanks available and that the tank characters would also be given a buff to remove the need for a second tank.
Besides the major meta shift and some hints at changes to hero abilities such as Mei, the team showcased three new maps including New York, Rio De Janeiro and Monte Carlo, while also giving fans a better look at Toronto, a map that was announced in 2019.