Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blizzard announced that it will skip its physical event in 2020, and host an all-digital alternative in 2021. Other conventions such as GDC and PAX also moved online this year as a result of the pandemic.Overwatch 2 is a sequel to Blizzard’s competitive PvP shooter that will expand the lore and universe with a story-focused PvE mode. There will also be new competitive maps, modes, and heroes, but these additions will also be coming to the first Overwatch for free.
The rest of Kaplan’s developer update is focused on a new free-for-all deathmatch map called Kanezaka. Based on a Japanese location, Kanezaka is a free map currently available for testing on the PTR. Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland 2020 event is also ongoing and will last until January 5.
Read IGN’s Overwatch 2 hands-on preview here.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.