Overwatch 2’s PVE Hero Mode is officially cancelled

The eagerly anticipated PvE Hero mode for Overwatch 2 has been officially axed by Blizzard, with the game’s creative... Shubh | 17. May 2023

The eagerly anticipated PvE Hero mode for Overwatch 2 has been officially axed by Blizzard, with the game’s creative leads assuring players that PvE will still be a priority going ahead.

The much-anticipated player versus enemy (PvE) Hero mode has been officially scrapped by Blizzard, eliminating the main distinction between the first game and its successor. The announcement was made during a Twitch stream by the game’s director Aaron Keller and executive producer Jared Neuss, who also talked about Overwatch 2’s content roadmap.

The PvE experience, according to Jared Neuss, has not progressed as much as the team had intended, and there is no end in sight to the tremendous amount of work needed to produce content the company is known for. The original goal was to revive the game’s glory days through the addition of new hero abilities, co-op assaults, skill trees, and a progression system in Overwatch’s much-awaited sequel.

These new features were meant to thrill the player base and restore its popularity to its former glory. However, as Overwatch 2 experienced delays and development problems, Blizzard declared that hero mode would not debut with the game and would be released later.

The developer live stream from today makes it evident that the hero mode of Overwatch 2 PvE is being discontinued owing to development limitations and rearranged priorities, breaking the four-year-old commitment made in 2019. Blizzard makes the standard error of promising too much while delivering too little, and this has left fans frustrated and upset, especially because the now-canceled Hero mode gave them a tantalizing glimpse of its enormous potential.

Overwatch 2’s content roadmap

Even if the PvE feature’s original plan has been scaled back, Overwatch 2 still has a tonne of content scheduled. According to the roadmap, Season 5 will feature the Summer Games’ return, a brand-new Questwatch event dubbed Mischief and Magic, and a new cinematic. Also, Season 6 of Overwatch 2 will feature a new support hero and story missions.

Last but not least, Season 7 and beyond of Overwatch will feature a new tank hero, new and recurring game modes and events, hero updates for Roadhog and Sombra, more brand-new cinematics, new Hero Mastery goals, and a narrative codex. Fans of Overwatch 2 will still have to wait until Season 5 launches on June 14 before they can access any new content. Seasons typically last nine weeks, therefore the sixth season won’t debut with a new Support Hero, Flashpoint, Hero Mastery, or Narrative Missions until sometime in August 2023.

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