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Overwatch vs. Overwatch 2: What's the difference?

Overwatch 2.
Overwatch 2. (Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch vs. Overwatch 2: What's the difference?

Best answer: Overwatch 2 will have everything the first Overwatch game offers, on top of an exclusive player-versus-environment (PvE) content and story content.Get the first game: Overwatch (opens in new tab) ($60 at Microsoft)

What's new with Overwatch 2?

Announced at Blizzcon 2019, Overwatch 2 is going to be a special version of Overwatch that contains an expansive PvE cooperative mode where four players can team up against various foes, such as the Null Sector faction. In PvE, players can also level up the heroes through gameplay, and you'll be able to unlock and use special abilities that modify how each hero plays.

The missions are said to contain plenty of story content, which will please fans who felt the first game was lacking in that regard. Overwatch's famed player-versus-player (PvP) will make a return as well, with Overwatch 2 introducing a new game mode called Push that tasks both teams with trying to push a robot payload to the other side's base. The robot will be neutral, meaning that both teams can control it.

Aside from gameplay, Overwatch 2 will also feature a complete overhaul both to Overwatch's engine as well as its visuals. if you weren't a fan of how cartoony the first game looked, you'll likely be a fan of these improved details. This overhaul will apply to both Overwatch and Overwatch 2, but the new PvE mode will be exclusive to Overwatch 2. Lastly, Blizzard has stated that there are plans to bring all of your earned cosmetics from the first Overwatch to the sequel, if you own any.

What about the first Overwatch game?

A snapshot of Overwatch gameplay.

Source: Blizzard Entertainment (Image credit: Source: Blizzard Entertainment)

If you're worried that Blizzard is leaving you behind if you still play the first Overwatch, don't worry. While the PvE content will be exclusive to Overwatch 2, the visual overhaul and all PvP content — including any new heroes, maps, and the Push mode — will be available to all players of the original Overwatch. In addition, Overwatch players will be able to play with Overwatch 2 players in PvP. The two games may even share a client, though there is no clear confirmation of this yet.

There's no word on when Overwatch 2 is coming out, but hopefully Blizzard will provide more information soon. At the very least, we can be confident that it will be made available on PC, along with Xbox and PlayStation (whether it'll be on this generation or next isn't clear). If you want to get in on some Overwatch action now, though, check out the original Overwatch.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.