As announced, Blizzard Entertainment streamed extensive gameplay from Overwatch 2 last night and communicated a major planned change in the PvP area as part of this.
The sequel Overwatch 2 will build on the successful basis of the first Overwatch and of course live heavily from the PvP area. However, long-time fans of the series will have to prepare for a significant change.
Currently, Overwatch is known to gamble in 6v6 PvP battles, but the developer will change the number of players in the future. In Overwatch 2, two teams consisting of only five players each should compete against each other. After having relied on 6v6 fights for the last five years, they are now turning away from that.
According to Game Director Aaron Keller, this will also change the composition of the teams. In Overwatch 2, these will in future consist of only one tank, two heroes designed for damage and two supporters. The tanks in particular “can be problematic,” says Keller. But Blizzard always tried to make the fights easy to read and understand. But sometimes it is difficult to see what 11 other players are doing on the battlefield. By reducing the number of players, the aim is to simplify the processes overall and make it easier for the players to make the right decisions.
Over the years, PvP has changed dramatically when it comes to hero selection. As a result, they also tried out different team compositions and sizes, including 4v4 or 7v7. Ultimately, they consider the future 5v5 to be the best solution. Above all, the tank character classes will therefore change noticeably.
Overwatch 2 still has no release date; publication in 2021 is unlikely.