Overwatch 2, Diablo 4 announced at Blizzcon 2019

If you play games on PC, chances are very good that you play or have played games created by Blizzard. That means this weekend was a big one, as the developer announced sequels to two of its biggest games: Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4.

Blizzard revealed some important game details for both that make each sound promising in their own way. On the Overwatch side, it’s clear that the team doesn’t want to push away loyal Overwatch players. All Overwatch 2 maps will come to the original game, as will all new heroes. Skins and cosmetics unlocked in Overwatch will carry over to the sequel.

What sets Overwatch 2 apart, then, is the addition of new game modes. The company says it will be adding cooperative missions, player-vs-enemy missions, and “Hero missions” that let you level up your heroes. It seems like the idea here is that if you like Overwatch the way it is, nothing will change for you. If you love the characters and want a new way to play with them, though, that’s coming.

Diablo 4: Back to basics

Diablo, on the other hand, has a lot more history. Diablo 3 stumbled out of the gate due to love for Diablo II and the deep changes Blizzard made for the third game. Blizzard is going much darker and gorier this time around, as the cinematic trailer for the game shows. It sounds like Blizzard is trying to learn from the mistakes of Diablo 3 and the successes of Diablo 2.

The company also offered up a rough outline of how the game would work. Blizzard is promising a strong single-player campaign, but the game will be set in a Destiny-style non-linear open world. You’ll come across other players and multiplayer-focused bosses, and Blizzard is even saying that an opt-in PVP mode is coming along, too. The game will have five areas that you can explore as you please, either traveling along the story’s golden path or by carving your own.

They’ve announced three classes thus far: the Druid, the Sorceress, and the Barbarian. The Druid can fluidly switch between different animal shapes from one attack to the next, while the Barbarian can equip four weapons and switch between them for each attack. All in all, it sounds a far cry from last year’s Diablo Immortal announcement.

Blizzard hasn’t given anything resembling a release date for either Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2. It’s likely these games are still a fair way off; 2021 isn’t an unreasonable expectation. In the meantime, there’s enough here for us to chew on and theorize about until Blizzard has more to say.

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Waco

I wish I could care. I’ve put countless hours into the Diablo series but the continuing PR blunders regarding Hong Kong make me very happy I deleted my account.

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Calling those PR blunders is much too kind. Those slippery corporate types need to decide if they want to live in the free world, or not, and then follow through for all to see.

Krogoth
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Krogoth

Overwatch 2 is just recycling more assets and ideas from the canceled “Titan” project.

Diablo 4 is going to be DOA. Diablo 3’s infamous launch and controversy with Immortal destroyed any goodwill and brand loyalty it once had. There are plenty of worthy spiritual successors to Diablo franchise.

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Diablo 4 is going to be DOA.

I think this thought is waaaay off. Blizzard didn’t do themselves any favors with Diablo 3’s launch but that’s all but forgotten now. D3 is pretty good. The Immortal launch was a blackeye for Blizard as well but I think folks will forgive them.

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Aww, let Krogoth be unimpressed. It keeps him happy.

superjawes
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superjawes

I’m 80-90% sure that the downvotes make him happy.

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superjawes

Yeah, D3 everntually got its act(s) together, and saw success across multiple platforms. And despite what people say about Diablo alternatives, the same fanbase would likely embrace another trip to Sanctuary if it had more D2 roots.

Krogoth
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Krogoth

Most of the talent behind Diablo 1 and 2 have move on. Diablo IV will be another “grimdark” WoW clone. Blizzard-Activision aren’t taking any chances or risks to try something new or bold.

The masses and current generation of gamers aren’t interested in-depth itemization and skill trees that create countless, yet viable combinations.

It looks like the lore will be the second Sin War with the big D coming back to only get beaten back yet again.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

Those Diablo veterans churned out Torchlight but I thought that game was uninspired and not particularly fun. I don’t think we’ll miss them.

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Yeah Torchlight never really captured me either, but maybe its because I’m older now. Not a bad game.

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derFunkenstein

Is Immortal even still a thing? Not a single mention at Blizzcon.

Diablo III’s initial launch was a disaster, but two years later they basically re-launched it with RoS and it’s been fun and fantastic. I haven’t deleted my account like Waco did, but I’ve not logged into it since Blitzchung. I’m glad they went back and gave him his winnings, but I’m not happy about the ban and I won’t be buying anything any time soon. Their “apology” was pathetic.

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superjawes

Immortal never got released, and is supposedly still in development. I think that Blizzard got the message in 2018 that it was the wrong time and place for that announcement. Keep an ear out, though. I could see them doing an Immortal/D4 crossover (do X mission in Immortal to get Y reward in D4). That could be another round of gripes while they push their mobile product…

Krogoth
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Immortal is still a go, but it is tailored towards the Chinese market trying to cash in on the mobile MMORPG craze going on there.

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